Position paper

IUCN position paper for UNFCCC COP28

The synthesis report of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR6), released in March this year, has brought into sharp focus the irreversible losses and damages that are presently accruing from climate change, as well as the cascading and compounding risks of overshooting the 1.5°C warming level – with the most vulnerable people and ecosystems being the hardest hit.

Given that 2023 marks the year of the First Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement, this offers the international community a vital opportunity to assess the collective progress made to date towards achieving the goals of the agreement, and to course correct.

In this context, IUCN would like to highlight 10 key messages in the lead up to UNFCCC COP28.