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COP28

COP28 in Dubai will feature the first Global Stocktake of efforts to meet the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement.

The context

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

The world's largest climate summit brings together delegations from 196 countries, as well as civil society and private sector delegations. This year, more than 70,000 delegates are expected to attend. COP28 will be taking place in the United Arab Emirates where the economy is based on fossil fuels, and against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions. Civil society will be keeping an eye on any attempts at greenwashing and on promoting false solutions, both by Canada and the rest of the world

The issues

Several major issues will be negotiated at COP28:

The first Global Stocktake on ambition and action

A decision is expected on the first Global Stocktake in order to submit new targets next year for 2035. Countries and stakeholders must acknowledge the gaps that must be closed in order to keep the global average temperature from rising to 1.5°C - the main objective of the Paris Agreement. To remain within this threshold, emissions must be reduced by 43% by 2030. The solutions are well known: it's time to implement them.

An agreement on the energy transition and reducing GHG emissions

The agreement to be negotiated will need to include clear language on the phase-out of fossil fuels and must ensure to block any loopholes. The international community is also expecting an agreement on a renewable energy development target of 1.5 TWh.

Progress on adaptation for the most vulnerable countries

Negotiations will be held on the framework for a global adaptation target. Failure of these negotiations would be catastrophic for the most vulnerable countries and communities.

Quick establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund

The new Loss and Damage Fund, created at COP27, needs to be made operational as soon as possible. This year, it is vital that decisions be taken regarding how it will work, including how and where funding will be allocated, so as to ensure support for communities that are suffering economic, social and cultural harm as a result of the climate crisis.

Climate funding, for climate justice

This cross-sectional issue, negotiated through different frameworks, is crucial. Existing shortfalls in commitments by developed countries must be filled, and negotiations on new mechanisms and financial flows must move forward in order to galvanize mitigation and adaptation actions, and adequately compensate for loss and damage suffered by the world's most vulnerable communities.

Just transition

There will be negotiations around the Work Program on Just Transition. It is imperative that Canada be proactive on this issue at COP28 and implement the transition in Canada.

What’s Équiterre doing at COP28?

Équiterre’s Climate Policy Analyst, Andréanne Brazeau, and Mobilization Project Manager, Marie-Eve Leclerc, will be on site at COP28.

Équiterre’s delegation will be carrying out a number of activities, including:

  • Highlighting the issues of climate disinformation and polarization at the Canada and Francophonie Pavilions, alongside experts from Quebec and various countries in a panel jointly organized with the UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism;
  • Monitoring negotiations on the Global Stocktake, the renewable energy development target and the Just Transition Work Program, and keeping the Quebec public and media informed;
  • Taking part in daily debriefing sessions held as part of the Climate Dialogues;
  • Representing civil society in discussions with the governments of Quebec and Canada.

L’EncyCOPédie

  • Pourquoi Équiterre participe à la COP28?
    Les enjeux et attentes
  • Day 1
    Fake solutions
  • Interview with Steven Guilbeault
  • Day 10
    Towards an historic agreement?
  • Climate misinformation
    Why it's important to tackle it

Disinformation and polarization

This year, Équiterre will be focusing on climate disinformation and polarization. Identified by the IPCC as an obstacle to climate action, especially in North America, this issue has been gaining increased prominence.

🌗 A growing problem!

Identified by the IPCC as an obstacle to climate action, particularly in North America, climate misinformation and polarization are gaining ground in the public arena.

Équiterre, in partnership with the UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) will be hosting COP28 panel discussions on December 2 and 5. The panels will address the issues of disinformation and polarization as they relate to the climate crisis and international climate negotiations, and will help to identify solutions to these phenomena in Canada and elsewhere.

Representatives from UNESCO-PREV Chair, the Conscious Advertising Network, Climate Outreach and the Charte pour un journalisme à la hauteur de l'urgence écologique will be participating in these events hosted by Équiterre.

COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, a country whose wealth is derived from the production of oil, is the perfect place to talk about climate disinformation, because it is the major oil companies that are at the core of the problem.

Everything you need to know about climate disinformation

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COP28 News

Stay up-to-date on the latest developments and our delegation’s insights.

13 décembre

A historic agreement 

A consensus was reached on a "transition" away from fossil fuels to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A first in COP history!

7 décembre

Filing of regulatory framework for (GHG) emissions cap

The federal government has announced a cap-and-trade system to reverse the upward trend in emissions from Canada's fossil fuel industry.

Read the press release

6 décembre

Interview with Steven Guilbeault

We spoke to Canada's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, about Canada's record, its ambitions, misinformation and the role of the environmental movement.

Watch the interview

5 décembre

"Climate Misinformation and Polarization: Issues and Solutions in Canada and Around the World" panel discussion

Équiterre, in partnership with the UNESCO-PREV Chair, is organizing a panel discussion at the Pavillon de la Francophonie. The specialists taking part in our panels will share solutions to counter the promotion of false information and solutions on climate issues.

(Re)watch the panel

Quebec is nominated for co-presidency of Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

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4 décembre

New federal regulations to reduce methane emissions

The federal government announces a new phase of regulations aimed at reducing methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector by 75% by 2030.

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1 décembre

Canada contributes to the new loss and damage fund 

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, has announced that Canada will contribute $16 million to the fund. 

Read the press release

30 novembre

COP28 begins 

Andréanne shares with us the issues to watch out for this year. 

Watch the video

24 novembre

Équiterre will be addressing climate disinformation at COP28

"COP28 must be the COP of truth. We’ll be there with our allies to ensure that discussions focus on real solutions, not false ones. We need to collectively counteract the fossil fuel industry in its efforts to maintain a dangerous status quo."

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FAQ

Équipe

Équiterre's participation in COP28 is made possible with the help of financial support from the Quebec government under the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy and the mesure de Coopération climatique municipale.