South Africa and Denmark to lead ministerial discussions on the Paris Agreement’s Global Stocktake

South Africa’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, and her Danish counterpart, Minister Dan Jørgensen, have been requested by the UAE, in its capacity as COP28 Presidency-designate, to co-facilitate discussions at a political level amongst ministers responsible for climate change ahead of the Global Stocktake (GST) discussions. This co-facilitation role entails reaching out and listening to a representative sample of parties, groups and constituencies to the UNFCCC to hear their views on what they consider the critical elements of the outcomes of the GST. The Ministers will report back their findings to the UAE ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2023, where the UAE intends to convene a ministerial meeting on the GST. The co-facilitation is intended to support the UAE in its efforts to guide the international community towards a successful outcome to the GST at COP28. The Global Stocktake is the main mechanism under the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement to take stock of the collective challenges and opportunities in implementing the Paris Agreement. The purpose of this is to help inform parties in preparing their next nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement to raise ambition and accelerate climate action, as well as to enhance international cooperation.

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