2023 UN Climate Change Conference, Dubai (UNFCCC COP 28)

The 2023 UN Climate Change Conference is scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023. This significant event will encompass several key components:

  • The 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28).
  • The fifth meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 5).
  • The 18th meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 18).
  • The 59th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 59).
  • The 59th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 59).

In a communication dated January 13, 2023, the UNFCCC Secretariat announced the appointment of Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, as the President-Designate for COP 28.

The COP 27 Egyptian Presidency, along with the Incoming COP 28 Presidency, is actively conducting informal consultations involving government representatives at various levels, including ministers, Heads of Delegation, and technical experts. The primary objective is to lay the foundation for a successful COP 28 that will drive global transformation towards a low-emission and climate-resilient world, promote ambitious climate actions, and facilitate implementation with the necessary support.

COP 28 will also host the first Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement’s implementation. This stocktake occurs every five years, spanning a two-year process, and aims to assess the collective progress of nations towards achieving their climate-related objectives. It is strategically timed to coincide with the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on Goal 13 (climate action). Before this event, a workshop on the components of the Global Stocktake’s outcome will be held in the UAE in October.

In a letter addressed to the parties in July 2023, the Incoming Presidency unveiled four significant paradigm shifts that will be at the center of COP 28:

  • Accelerating the transition to clean energy and achieving substantial emissions reductions by 2030.
  • Transforming climate finance by fulfilling past commitments and establishing a new financial framework.
  • Prioritizing nature, people, lives, and livelihoods in climate action.
  • Mobilizing for the most inclusive COP in history.

The letter also outlines a three-part vision for steering this process, including a negotiated outcome, an action plan, and a call to action. For comprehensive coverage of international climate negotiations.

You can refer to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) here.

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