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December 21, 2023

COP28: an urgent call for multilevel governance

By Goksen Sahin
COP28 flags Expo city
The EU must act swiftly to bridge the gap between ambition and implementation and realise the transformative potential of COP28 outcomes (Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images)

The only way to face the climate crisis is with action co-ordinated and led by all levels of government, from local to international

COP28 in Dubai marked a significant turning point in global climate negotiations. The establishment of a loss and damage financing mechanism and the historic agreement to transition away from fossil fuels are well documented. But another remarkable aspect of the summit, which has not been well covered, was the unprecedented inclusion of cities, regions and subnational leaders in official proceedings and outcomes.

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