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World Leaders Address Urgent Climate Action at COP28 Opening

As the 28th UN climate conference (COP28) kicks off, world leaders are delivering crucial addresses outlining their perspectives on the pressing issues at the heart of the climate crisis. Key speeches on the opening day include those by Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and King Charles III of the United Kingdom.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres:

urged leaders to recognize the unprecedented global heating crisis causing widespread human suffering.emphasized the need to halt the burning of all fossil fuels to achieve the 1.5-degree Celsius limit.
called for urgent action to phase out coal, oil, and gas, highlighting the role of regulations, legislation, carbon pricing, and ending fossil fuel subsidies.encouraged industries to commit to sustainable practices and the transition to renewable energy.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom:

Expressed hope for COP28 to be a critical turning point toward transformative climate action.
Acknowledged the alarming tipping points being reached, with 2023 on track to become the hottest recorded year.stressed the need to repair and restore nature’s economy for economic sustainability and survival.
called for a harmonious and balanced approach to environmental conservation.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil:

Criticized unfulfilled climate agreements and denounced “eloquent and empty speeches.”Highlighted Brazil’s climate challenges, including tragic droughts in the Amazon region and destructive hurricanes in the South.advocated for climate justice for poorer nations and proposed redirecting funds spent on weapons toward hunger and climate change.pledged to stop Amazon deforestation by 2030.

These speeches set the tone for COP28, where leaders are expected to engage in crucial negotiations on climate financing, emissions cuts, and the phase-out of fossil fuels. The urgency of the climate crisis and the need for decisive and actionable commitments are central themes as the global community gathers to address the challenges ahead.

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