The COP28 UAE Presidency has announced an ambitious and inclusive two-week thematic programme for the conference to deliver on four key goals alongside the negotiations process and as part of the critical Global Stocktake response.
Taking place at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12, COP28 UAE will focus on fast-tracking a just, orderly and equitable energy transition; fixing climate finance; putting nature, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action; and mobilising for the most inclusive COP, said a Wam news agency report.
Designed to drive action and implement policy, finance, and technology solutions across these priorities, the two-week thematic programme was developed in consultation with stakeholders including civil society, NGOs, youth, and Indigenous Peoples, the Presidency said.
A six-week open consultation on the thematic areas and sequencing was held in which stakeholders were invited to submit feedback – the first such approach taken by a COP Presidency.
Kicking off with a two-day World Climate Action Summit, during which the first-ever Global Stocktake response will be presented to world leaders with the COP Presidency seeking commitments and accountability, the programme also features new individual thematic days that respond to global challenges.
For the first time at a COP forum, COP28 will dedicate a day to Health, Relief, Recovery, and Peace, with a high level climate health ministerial, among other thematic activities. COP28 will also be the first to focus on the role of trade in tandem with finance and it will be the COP that brings leaders together from across all levels of government and society – from the local mayors to global leaders– to work towards cleaner, greener, safer cities for current and future generations.
All thematic days throughout the two weeks will be underpinned with an inclusive approach that prioritises frontline communities and focuses on how finance, technology and innovation can drive solutions.