The UN climate meeting COP28 in Dubai has, among other things, sparked debate about the responsibilities of rich and poor countries in the climate crisis. Photo: Dean Calma/IAEA. Source Flickr.

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Week 48: Debate around countries' responsibility for the climate: "Hypocrites do not save the planet"

UN: s annual climate summit COP28 ongoing right now i Dubai i United athe rab emirate. As The development magazine previously reported on has valet av spot awakened criticism then the host country is en oil nation. On svenska opinion pages has debaters including discussed whicha roller Rika and poor countries should have for to combat climate change 

Rebecka Bohlin, senior writer at ETC, claims that the EU bloc together with other rich countries are 'hypocrites', while smaller and poorer states and groups – for example civil society organizations and small island nations – are 'radicals' who are not listened to to the same extent during the summit. She refers to a study from Lund University which, among other things, shows that more money leads to greater opportunities to send more delegates, who through a numerical superiority gain more influence in the discussions at the meeting. This dynamic must end, she believes.

- No one benefits in the long run from the climate crisis. No. It's time to stop being hypocritical.

On the debate page in the same newspaper, Susi Dennison says at the European Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFR), on the contrary, that the EU is one of the climate-friendly actors at COP28, and that the delegates at the meeting should avoid a retrospective culpability between developed and developing countries.

- Instead, a forward-looking discussion must be held about what measures should be taken next, she writes.

Johan Rockström, professor of earth system science, lifts the weight of increasing the rate of emission reductions to avoid catastrophic global warming. He emphasizes The responsibility of Sweden and all rich countries and the countries' role in influencing large developing countries such as India and Nigeria. He also expresses concern about Sweden's reduced climate ambitions and calls on the government to show global leadership by acting against climate change and being an example of sustainable solutions.

- In addition to the advantage for Swedish industry of being first, the path towards freedom from fossil fuels leads to a more modern society, and to a world that has greater resilience against pandemics, famine and conflicts. We all benefit from that, writes Johan Rockström on DN's debate page.

DN's editorial staff directs sharp criticism at today's politicians for laxity in the face of the existential threat posed by the climate issue. They write that the climate issue is always urgent - which means that it never feels urgent.

- It is now noticeable ahead of the UN climate meeting in Dubai.

Other issues are constantly higher on the political agenda, says the editorial board, and urges participating countries to do as the UN says: tighten up.

COP28 and the climate issue

We don't have to be hypocrites 

Rebecka Bohlin, editorial writer, ETC news magazine  

Here are the contradictions that COP 28 must resolve 

Susi Dennison, head of the European Power program at the European Council (ECFR), Dagens ETC 

The UN should not have to tell world leaders to step up 

DN's editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter 

"Sweden must show the way for India and Nigeria"
Johan Rockstrom, professor of earth system science at the University of Potsdam, Dagens Nyheter  

Sweden should join the biofuel alliance
Mattias Goldmann, founder of the 2030 Secretariat; Francis X Johnson, author and research leader, Stockholm Environment Institute, Altinget  

The climate meeting COP28 is really led by an oil CEO
Susanna Kierkegaard, editorial writer, Aftonbladet  

The oil sheiks' COP28 in Dubai is an absurd climate theater 

Jesper Sahlin, editorial writer, Sydsvenskan 

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