×
  • HOME
  • NEWS
  • GOSSIP
  • LIFESTYLE
  • HOT 100
  • SOCIAL
  • EVENTS
  • ×
    close
    profile photo
    International

    Pope Francis Cancels Dubai Trip for COP28 Climate Talks Due to Health Concerns

    207 views
    Pope Francis Cancels Dubai Trip for COP28 Climate Talks Due to Health Concerns
    • November 30, 2023 • 3 months ago

    Pope Francis has cancelled his anticipated trip to Dubai for the COP28 climate talks scheduled for this week, following the advice of doctors concerned about his recent flu-like symptoms, the Vatican announced on Tuesday.

    The 86-year-old Pope, renowned for making environmental issues a central theme of his 10-year papacy, had intended to become the first pontiff to attend the UN event since its inception in 1995.

    “Although the Holy Father’s general clinical picture has improved with regard to his flu-like condition and inflammation of the respiratory tract, doctors have asked the Pope not to make the trip planned for the coming days to Dubai. Pope Francis accepted the doctors’ request with great regret, and the trip is, therefore, cancelled.” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni conveyed in a statement. 

    Earlier, Bruni, in a briefing, had informed that the Pope would be attending the conference but later added that the Pope still wished to be part of the discussions in Dubai, without specifying in what capacity.

    Pope Francis, who turns 87 next month, has faced a series of health challenges in recent years, including knee and hip pain, an inflamed colon, and hernia surgery in June. Despite cancelling events over the weekend due to what was described as "light flu symptoms," a CT scan ruled out pulmonary complications, according to the Vatican.

    Despite his withdrawal, COP28 will lose one of the highest-profile advocates for the environment, a moral authority recognized on the global stage whose words have been influential in urging leaders to take concrete action.

    The Pope's commitment to the link between climate change and poverty has been a consistent theme throughout his papacy. His address at COP28 was anticipated to castigate countries for insufficient action on climate change and encourage them to make substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, he was expected to play a role in rebuilding trust between climate-vulnerable nations and wealthier, consumer-driven polluters.

    In October, Pope Francis issued a stark warning that the world was on the verge of collapse due to global warming, calling for urgent and decisive action. This warning, a follow-up to his 2015 environmental thesis "Laudato Si," is believed to have contributed to the breakthrough in UN climate talks in Paris later that year.

    The COP28 talks aim to assess humanity’s efforts to adhere to the 2015 agreement, limiting global warming to “well below” two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an ambitious target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Besides addressing world leaders, Pope Francis was scheduled to inaugurate the first-ever faith pavilion at COP, highlighting the increasing involvement of religion in climate issues.

    Sverker Sorlin, a specialist in global environmental governance, remarked before the Pope's cancellation that his presence at COP represented a potential tipping point. Sorlin stated. 

    “The pope may not turn the tables at the meeting but be a ‘tipping point’ that may nudge and push the negotiators in the right direction.”

    Last year, knee pain forced Pope Francis to postpone a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, but he later made the visit earlier this year.

    Leave a Comment below about this story


    In other News

    Pep Guardiola is contented with Manchester City.
    Pep Guardiola is contented with Manchester City.
    ...
    How Nigeria
    How Nigeria's Decision to Sell Oil in Naira Could Change the World of Money
    ...
    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies aged 47.
    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies aged 47.
    ...
    Users unable to access X in Pakistan, multiple internet failures reported.
    Users unable to access X in Pakistan, multiple internet failures reported.
    ...
    Ruto and Tinubu nicknamed "The Flying presidents."
    Ruto and Tinubu nicknamed "The Flying presidents."
    ...
    UMA president Cindy Sanyu joins hands with UNMF President Eddy Kenzo because of money.
    UMA president Cindy Sanyu joins hands with UNMF President Eddy Kenzo because of money.
    ...
    Latest News
    Rema Namakula
    Rema Namakula's concert happening this evening
    1 hour ago
    Grace Khan talks love, relationships and music
    Grace Khan talks love, relationships and music
    2 hours ago
    usercover The Leaker   5 days ago on Socialviba
    Gold vivi
    storycover
    click on this post to tell us what you think!
    Write a comment...

     

    Today's Hot Stories
    1
    Watch Pretty Nicole
    Watch Pretty Nicole's Private Leaked Video.
    Exposed
    2
    Gold Vivi
    Gold Vivi's Onlyfans nude video leaked.
    Exposed
    3
    Joshua Baraka speaks out on dating Etania
    Joshua Baraka speaks out on dating Etania
    Celebrity
    4
    Dua Lipa wanted dead.
    Dua Lipa wanted dead.
    International
    5
    7 Romantic Activities You Should Do With Your Partner To Spice Up Your Relationship
    7 Romantic Activities You Should Do With Your Partner To Spice Up Your Relationship
    Lifestyle
    6
    Xavi explains what Barcelona were lacking against Napoli after Champions League draw.
    Xavi explains what Barcelona were lacking against Napoli after Champions League draw.
    Sport
    7
    END OF UMEME ERA: Is Govt  Ready for Electricity Sector Transition There-After?
    END OF UMEME ERA: Is Govt Ready for Electricity Sector Transition There-After?
    National
    8
    Trouble in paradise. Zari and Shakib
    Trouble in paradise. Zari and Shakib's marriage allegedly falls apart
    Gossip
    9
    POLICE REPORT: Crime Rate in Uganda Sees Marginal Decline in 2023
    POLICE REPORT: Crime Rate in Uganda Sees Marginal Decline in 2023
    National
    10
    Myanmar junta annouces unexpected military conscription law.
    Myanmar junta annouces unexpected military conscription law.
    International
    Listen to Music on Nowviba