By Kilimokwanza.org News Team
Dubai, UAE – In a groundbreaking announcement at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai, Vice President Kamala Harris declared that the United States will pledge a substantial $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), signaling a significant commitment to accelerate global climate action. However, this pledge is contingent on approval from the U.S. Congress.
Harris, addressing world leaders, emphasized the importance of the commitment, saying, “This is a significant step forward in our fight against the climate crisis. The United States is committed to working with our partners to support developing countries in their efforts to transition to clean energy, build resilience, and protect their communities.”
The Vice President did not shy away from addressing climate change skeptics, referring to them as “those who seek to slow or stop our progress.” She underscored the urgency of the climate crisis, stating, “We cannot afford to let them win. We must stand together and act now to protect our planet.”
COP28 President, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, welcomed the U.S. contribution, describing it as “groundbreaking.” While the GCF has already secured a record-breaking $12.3 billion in pledges, Al Jaber emphasized the need for continued support, saying, “Let me thank the USA, and let’s continue to deliver for the billions of people who need us to unite, act, and deliver.”
In tandem with this announcement, the GCF revealed a new partnership with the AGRA through the launch of the Re-GAIN initiative. Re-GAIN aims to mobilize an impressive $50 billion to assist African farmers in adapting to climate change and building resilience.
These developments represent positive strides in the global fight against climate change, showcasing a growing commitment to aid developing countries in their climate efforts. However, the road ahead remains challenging. The U.S. Congress must approve the GCF pledge, and other developed nations are encouraged to increase their contributions. Furthermore, ensuring that the pledged funds are efficiently allocated to those in need will be paramount.
COP28 serves as a crucial opportunity for the international community to unite and forge a path towards a more sustainable future. It is hoped that the momentum generated in Dubai translates into concrete actions that address the pressing climate challenges facing our world.