WCC calls on COP28 to “rise above,” act collectively in addressing climate change

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee, meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, from 8-14 November, released a statement on COP28’s responsibility for climate justice. 

The 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) will take place 30 November-12 December in the United Arab Emirates. “At this time of climate emergency, it is essential that COP28 courageously addresses the fossil fuel industry and their responsibility towards people and planet,” reads the statement. “COP28 is pivotal for the future of the living planet, our common home, and for our children and future generations.”

The statement calls for rendering climate justice to more vulnerable and low income nations and communities. “This means ensuring new, additional, adequate and predictable funding for economic and non-economic losses and damages experienced mainly by more vulnerable and low income countries which is expected to reach $150-300 billion a year by 2030,” the statement reads. “Such funds must be made accessible to climate-impacted communities.”

The WCC also calls for COP28 to rapidly deliver climate finance that gives climate-vulnerable nations and communities a chance to adapt to the consequences of climate change. “At a minimum, this COP must live up to the promise of providing 100 billion dollars per year for the Green Climate Fund,” reads the text. “Such finance must be needs-based, at the scale required, and in the form of grants rather than loans.”

WCC executive committee statement on COP28’s responsibility for climate justice

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