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‘The biggest NGO in the world’: what role can religious leaders and faith groups play at COP28?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The COP28 climate summit will host religious delegates with significant influence 
• Despite the Pope's absence due to health reasons, his recent encyclical, Laudate Deum, emphasizes the need for substantial climate action

🔭 The context: The Faith Pavilion at COP28 represents 140 faith-based organizations, reflecting the critical role of spiritual leaders in climate discussions
• The Vatican, as an observer at the UNFCCC, offers a unique perspective, unburdened by economic considerations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Religious leaders address the climate crisis as a spiritual issue, advocating for long-term thinking, humility, and care for all beings
• Their moral authority is vital in influencing global climate policies

⏭️ What's next: The Faith Pavilion at COP28 aims to host around 60 sessions, emphasizing the role of faith in driving climate action
• A new loss and damage fund is expected to be a key focus, addressing humanitarian crises worsened by climate change

💬 One quote: The Pope’s encyclical, along with mobilisation by many other faith groups across the globe, provided a clear moral imperative for taking climate action, supporting the Paris Climate Change Agreement” (Christiana Figueres, lead negotiator of the Paris Agreement)

📈 One stat: 84% of the world's population has a faith, underscoring the vast influence of religious leaders in climate prioritization

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