COP28: The Case for a Quantum Leap in Climate Action


As the world gears up for the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations (UN) in Dubai, expectations regarding its positive outcomes are growing in proportion to the increasing awareness of the severity of the climate crisis and the urgent need for decisive action. Scientists are warning us that much more needs to be done and that the window for securing a livable and sustainable future may soon close. As the official humanitarian and development organization of the US Catholic church, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is prioritizing pushing governments to take the necessary and long overdue steps to deal with the climate change emergency.

This policy brief outlines CRS’ expectations from COP28 with regards to priorities and necessary outcomes. Areas of focus include:

  1. The Global Stocktake
  2. The Global Goal on Adaptation
  3. Climate Finance
  4. Loss and Damage
  5. Food Systems

Pope Francis has emphasized the urgent need for action at COP28, imploring the global community “…to overcome the logic of appearing sensitive to the problem and at the same time not having the courage to make substantial changes”. For leaders and climate negotiators, the message is clear: they must come to COP28 prepared to make bold commitments and far-reaching decisions.

Published November 2023