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UN chief, COP28 president clash over future for fossil fuels

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🗞️ Driving the news: At COP28, a notable clash is emerging between the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the COP President, Sultan Al Jaber, spotlighting differing priorities and approaches to addressing climate change
• Al Jaber has proposed continuing the use of fossil fuels while Guterres has categorically stated that meeting climate goals would be impossible with the use of fossil fuels

🔭 The context: The conference, hosted by the UAE, an oil-producing nation, has drawn criticism for potential conflicts of interest and greenwashing
• The involvement of the head of the state oil firm in a leadership role at COP28 has intensified these concerns

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The discord between key figures at COP28 reflects broader challenges in global climate negotiations
•  It emphasizes the importance of balanced representation and the need for a unified approach to tackle climate change effectively

⏭️ What's next: Observers and participants at COP28 will be closely monitoring how this clash of perspectives influences the conference's outcomes, particularly regarding strategies for mitigation, adaptation, and addressing loss and damage due to climate change

💬 One quote: "The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels. Not reduce. Not abate," (Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations)

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