The COP28 president said on Saturday that progress was being made at the climate change summit but “not fast enough” and called on all countries to put aside their parochial self-interest.
“The window to bridge the gap is closing. We are making progress, but not fast enough. It's not good, and it's not satisfying.”
Jaber met the deadline for negotiators to reach an agreement on Tuesday, the official conclusion of COP28.
But negotiations have been particularly tense over demands for a phase-out of fossil fuels, with the OPEC oil cartel and its member Saudi Arabia leading the opposition, and environmentally-minded countries pushing for a phase-out.
Despite his oil background, Jaber said a transition away from oil, gas and coal was “inevitable,” even if he did not support a rapid transition.
“Now is the time to put aside self-interest and protect the common good,” Jaber said.
“Now is the time to show maximum flexibility to find common ground. It's time to switch gears and reach agreement,” he said.
“I am confident that there is a balanced and ambitious package that all parties can and should work together on.”
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