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UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis Declares 'Sustainability Week' Post-COP28

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By: ATN News

Dubai: At the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), UN General Assembly President Mr. Dennis Francis passionately advocated for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and climate-vulnerable nations. President Francis, committed to a decisive climate win, urged global leaders to unite behind renewable energy, financial sustainability, and fortified support systems.

Fresh from the Pacific Island Forum Leader’s Meeting in the Cook Islands, President Francis emphasized the existential threat of rising sea levels to remote SIDS. Commending COP28 progress, he highlighted the capitalization of the Fund and endorsed the focus on renewable energy as a catalyst for global emissions reduction.

President Francis called for urgent action, prioritizing adaptation and increased investments for the most vulnerable, including Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States.

To sustain climate action momentum, President Francis announced a high-level 'Sustainability Week' at the UN General Assembly in April 2024. The week aims to consolidate events promoting sustainability in transport, tourism, and infrastructure. Crucially, it will feature the Global Stocktake on Energy, complementing COP28's Stocktake. The results of Sustainability Week are expected to amplify progress outlined at COP28, setting the stage for the 2024 Summit of the Future in September.


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