Climate Analytics at COP28

30 Nov 2023 - 12 Dec 2023
09:00 - 18:00
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

COP28, the UN climate change conference, takes place in Dubai this year. Come find us at events covering a range of our work, from the need for an energy transition package, to adaptation planning in the Caribbean, to the role northern forests play in climate mitigation.

Pre-COP: Plenary, Global Stocktake Plenary, Global Stocktake at Pre-COP in Abu Dhabi on 31 Oct 2023

Thursday 30 November

Location: Singapore Pavilion, Blue Zone
Date: Thursday 30 November
Time: 11:30–13:00

When it comes to opportunities to reduce emissions, a world united can achieve a mitigation outcome greater than what individual nations can do domestically.

This session introduces two complementary prototypes that Singapore researchers have been involved in, that will help investors, philanthropic organisations, policy makers, civil society organisations envision how mitigation potential can be increased through international collaborations.​

Audrey Tan, Science Communications Lead, NUS CNCS


  • Professor Koh Lian Pin, Chief Sustainability Scientist, NUS and Director, Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions
    Professor Koh will present the Decision Theatre prototype, followed by a fireside chat
  • Dr Michiel Schaeffer, Lead Science Advisor at Climate Analytics ​
    Dr Schaeffer will present
    the Global Mitigation Potential Atlas, followed by a panel discussion

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Location: LDC Pavilion
Date: Thursday 30 November
Time: 18:00–19:00

On behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) chair, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to you to join us in a special memorial event for Dr Saleemul Huq.

Saleem was not only a valued colleague but also a visionary leader whose contributions led to the establishment of the LDC group. His notable dedication and passion for loss and damage and capacity building in particular have left a lasting imprint on our hearts and our work.

This memorial event is thus organised to honour Dr Saleem’s remarkable legacy. It will be a collaborative gathering, bringing together friends, colleagues, and peers at the COP. Thus, we would like you to be part of this event that holds significant meaning for all of the LDC group family and the wider COP community.

Damon Jones to make a tribute speech at the event.

Friday 1 December

Location: UN Pavilion
Date: Friday 1 December
Time: 09:30–10:30

The Adaptation Gap Report series aims to support decision-making at global and national levels by answering three key questions regarding the global process of adapting to climate change: What are we doing today to adapt? To what extent are we currently reducing climate risks? To what extent will our adaptation trajectory help us reduce future climate risks?

To do this, the report series provides annual global assessments of progress within three central elements of the global adaptation process: planning, finance, and implementation. In addition to the report’s core offering, the 2023 iteration of the report will also provide an assessment of adaptation finance gaps, and the loss and damage.

This event features key findings from the Adaptation Gap Report 2023. Discussions will follow the presentation and focus on the importance to increase adaptation effectiveness, while assessing progress in global adaptation efforts, reducing loss, and evaluating the current adaptation finance gap.


  • Timo Leiter, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Anne Hammill, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Paul Watkiss
  • Adelle Thomas, Climate Analytics

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Location: The Bowl, Green Zone, Expo City Dubai
Date: Friday 1 December
Time: 10:40–11:20

This session delves into The System Change Lab platform, emphasising the significance of transformative changes and the pivotal role of positive tipping points in steering us toward a sustainable future. Additionally, it underscores the value of harnessing robust, science-backed data to build a strategy to accelerate action for the future.


  • Kelly Levin, Chief of Science, Data and Systems Change, Bezos Earth Fund
  • Rachel Jetel, Co-Director of the Systems Change Lab, World Resources Institute
  • Claire Fyson, Co-Head of Climate Policy, Climate Analytics

The Student Energy Summit 2023 is hosted on the margins of COP28 by New York University, Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Student Energy, alongside the headline sponsor for this year’s event, the Bezos Earth Fund.

Location: IPCC Science for Climate Action Pavilion
Date: Friday 1 December
Time: 13:00–14:30

Speakers include Adelle Thomas, Climate Analytics

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Location: IPCC Science for Climate Action Pavilion, TA3-115, Thematic Arena 3, Blue Zone
Date: Friday 1 December
Time: 16:15-17:45

Aims: To interpret 2023’s extreme temperatures in the context of the Paris Agreement, including for the science community to understand how the Paris Agreement long-term temperature goal (LTTG) is interpreted and used in UNFCCC negotiations; and for the policy-making community (to understand how the chosen definition of temperature change affect the quantification of global warming to date) Also, how to track these and other indicators of climate change between IPCC report cycles.

2023 has broken global temperature records, but will such records continue to fall, and if so what are the longer-term implications? Over the next decade, global greenhouse gas emissions might be expected to peak and start to decline, but global temperatures can still be expected to breach 1.5°C of warming above their pre-industrial level with increasing frequency. With around 7 years until the next IPCC Assessment Report is expected, how can the UNFCCC and other stakeholders best access, incorporate and utilise trusted information on climate trends, to better understand and make assessments of where we are in terms of the Paris Agreement long-term temperature goal (LTTG)? And how can climate scientists support them in doing so?

Speakers include Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Climate Analytics

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Saturday 2 December

Location: Meeting Room 12
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 9.00-10.30 UAE

The event will call on all parties and mountain stakeholders to come together with a unified voice to promote the need to protect mountain ecosystems and address the climate crisis. The event aims to result in a summary note capturing key elements from the high-level deliberations, which will be shared with all stakeholders to continue raising the mountain agenda at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

09:10 - 09:15 Welcome Remarks by the Chair

  • Rt Honorable Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', Prime Minister of Nepal

09:15 - 09:20 Keynote speech

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

9:20 - 9:25 Keynote Address

  • Prime Minister of Andorra Xavier Espot Zamora

09:25 - 09:45 Presentations on climate change and mountains

  • State of the Cryosphere, Pam Pearson, Director and Founder of ICCI
  • Climate and Cryosphere Crisis: The Context of the HKH region, Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General of ICIMOD

09:45 - 10:00 Special remarks by special guests: Solidarity for a unified mountain voice

  1. Hon Foreign Minister, Jeenbek Kulubayev, Kyrgyz Republic
  2. State Secretary, Mr Uros Vajgl, Ministry of the Environment Climate and Energy, Slovenia
  3. H.E. Ms Rabab Fatima, USG and High Representative of OHRLLS (TBC)

10:00 - 10:10 Remarks from the guest speakers

  1. Bill Hare, CEO and Senior Scientist, Climate Analytics
  2. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Director-Vertical Funds, Program Support, Oversight And Compliance, at UNDP

10:10-10:20 Interventions from the Floor

10:20 - 10:30 Closing Remarks by the Chair

Location: COP28 Health Pavilion, Opportunity Petal, Thematic Arena 2, TA2 225
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 09:30–10:45

As climate change continues to worsen, so do its harmful impacts on human health and health systems. As a complement to the growing body of research on climate and health, it is equally important to develop effective communication and advocacy strategies that can assist the public, policymakers, health professionals, media, researchers, and other stakeholder groups in their efforts to drive health-informed climate action and build public and political will to implement necessary evidence-driven solutions.

This event will bring together stakeholders across research and advocacy to discuss how effective communication about climate and health can advance our shared ambitions to mitigate worsening effects of a warmer climate and adapt human health and health systems to cope.

The discussion features leading experts at the intersections of climate change, public health, international development, and policy with first-hand experience of using scientific evidence to drive health-informed climate action.


  • Edward Maibach, Distinguished University Professor and Director of Mason Center for Climate Change Communication
  • Carolyn Tateishi, Director, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health, Canada
  • Adelle Thomas, Senior Scientist, Climate Analytics, and Senior Fellow, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre at the University of The Bahamas
  • Aarti Khosla, Network Director – Asia, Global Strategic Communications Council, and Founder and Director – Asia, Climate Trends India
  • Panel Chair: Neha Dewan, Senior Insight Adviser (lead on climate and health insights), Wellcome Trust

Location: Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Pavilion
Saturday 2 December
Time: 14:00–15:30

Over the past five decades, Small Island Developing States have incurred staggering losses of $153 billion due to climate-
related hazards.

Decades of advocacy by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) helped create the momentum for an agreement on the establishment of a loss and damage fund agreed at COP27.

While the historic decision at COP27 to establish the fund was a major breakthrough, much work and negotiations lie ahead at COP28. Key details on the size, structure, and governance of the fund have been under discussion through a 24-member nation Transitional Committee.

The objective of this side event is to provide a platform for SIDS at the highest level to align common priorities on operationalising the Loss and Damage Fund.


  • Ms. Rabab Fatima, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
  • H.E. Mark Brown, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum
  • H.E. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States


  • H.E. Vaughn Peterson Miller, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, The Bahamas
  • Thilmeeza Hussain, Official from the Maldives - Co-Chair of SIDS4 Preparatory Committee
  • Dr Adelle Thomas, Senior Fellow, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Center, University of The Bahamas and Caribbean Science Lead at Climate Analytics
  • Dr Christopher Bartlett, Climate Diplomacy Manager, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vanuatu
  • Denis Matatiken, Principal Secretary for Environment, Seychelles

Location: SE Room 8
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 16:45–18:15

Session overview: This side event will discuss the need for a COP28 energy transition package that includes a fair, fast, funded and full phase out of fossil fuels without reliance on carbon capture and storage and carbon removal, as well as a strong renewable energy deployment target and adequate finance.

The event will include:

  • Welcome remarks by Moderator Charity Migwi, Oil Change International
  • Introductory Presentation by Claire Fyson, Climate Analytics: Why is the phase out of fossil fuels necessary to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement?
  • Keynote Speech by Tasneem Essop, Climate Action Network International: The Imperative of Climate Justice in Fossil Phase-out,
  • Panel Discussion: What needs to happen in order to get a fossil fuel phase-out agreed on at this COP? What’s stopping us from getting there?

Panel speakers:

  • Minister Ralph Regenvanu, Government of Vanuatu

  • Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)

  • Lorraine Chiponda, Power Shift Africa

  • Mytro Tilianaki, Human Rights Watch

This event is co-hosted by Climate Analytics, Oil Change International, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and Recourse.

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Sunday 3 December

Location: Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) pavilion
Sunday 3 December
Time: 11:00–12:00

The escalating impacts of climate change pose tangible threats to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is particularly visible in Small Island developing States (SIDS), which face unique vulnerabilities. This event is expected to offer a holistic overview of the current climate science landscape, focusing specifically on its consequences for SIDS.

Building on the scientific scene setting, the event will then delve into crucial discussions around finance reform, addressing the growing concerns related to debt, Loss and Damage (L&D), and the urgent need for innovative financing solutions that can bolster resilience and sustainable development in SIDS, including in the context of UNFCCC outcomes.

This event will also serve as a precursor to the 4th SIDS Conference, aiming to ensure that the SIDS4 outcome is deeply grounded in the realities of climate science and responsive to the realities SIDS face.

The session will start with opening remarks from the following speakers:

  • H.E. Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa, Prime Minister of Samoa/Minister of Environment
  • H.E. Thoriq Ibahim, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology of Maldives, Co-Chair of SIDS4 Preparatory Committee
  • Mr. LI Junhua, Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Ms. Rabab Fatima, Under-Secretary-General, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

This will be followed by a presentation by Dr Adelle Thomas from Climate Analytics on the current climate science landscape and its impacts, an overview of the key findings from the GST, the implications for SIDS, particularly financing needs and the ramifications on the SDGs rollback/achievement.

The event then moves to a discussion on strategies, challenges, and opportunities for SIDS led by moderator Fiona Harvey, The Guardian.


  • H.E. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, host of SIDS4
  • H.E. Rebecca Fabrizi, UK SIDS Envoy

This event has been organised by UN-OHRLLS, UN-DESA, AOSIS, Antigua and Barbuda, and Climate Analytics

Location: TBC
Sunday 3 December
Time: 14:30–16:00

The third session of the Global Parliamentary Commission on the Paris Agreement is focused on Nationally Determined Contributions.

This session will discuss the gap between the Paris Agreement targets and the national commitments, and the role of MPs on implementation of NDCs in their own countries, featuring a presentation of the Climate Action Tracker by Claire Stockwell from Climate Analytics.

​This is followed by a Q&A with MPs moderated by Kandeh Yumkella, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and founding CEO and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (TBC).

Location: Climate Mobility Pavilion, Blue Zone
Sunday 3 December
Time: 17:30–18:30

The Greater Caribbean region is one of the most climate vulnerable parts of the world. This event will focus on the effects of the climate crisis on community resilience and human mobility in the region and highlight countries’ individual and collective response strategies.

The panel will discuss the potential of addressing climate mobility proactively through anticipatory planning at different levels of governance and regional integration efforts. It will present the ongoing work of the Greater Caribbean Climate Mobility Initiative, a joint undertaking of the Association of Caribbean States, the United Nations, and the World Bank, supported by the Global Centre for Climate Mobility, which aims to generate a common evidence-base and Agenda for Action to support positive adaptation journeys and a people-centred approach to climate mobility in the region.

Panel discussion: Is the Greater Caribbean ready for the age of climate mobility? Forging common solutions – from community to collective resilience


  • Claudia Dobles Camargo, Research Scholar, MIT & former first lady of Costa Rica


  • H.E. Rodolfo Sabonge, Secretary General, Association of Caribbean States
  • Dr Adelle Thomas, Climate Analytics and Senior Fellow, University of the Bahamas
  • Dr Benjamin Hamlington, Research Scientist, Sea Level and Ice Group, Earth Sciences Section, NASA
  • Dr Laura Basco-Carrera, Senior Adviser for Programmes & Partnerships, GCCM
  • Govt of Suriname representative
  • Youth delegate from the region

Monday 4 December

Location: IPCC Pavilion
Monday 4 December
Time: 10:30–12:00

This Session will address challenges that IPCC member states face in supporting climate science and engaging with the IPCC. It will focus on common challenges faced by Least Developing Countries, small or emerging economies. These include language barriers, ways to foster climate-related research, identify authors or fund engagement in the IPCC. Challenges identified in the last cycle will be reviewed and then success stories will be highlighted. Participants will be asked to jointly brainstorm ways the IPCC can help strengthen capacity and ensure diverse Member State engagement in the AR7 cycle.


  • Adelle Thomas, Climate Analytics
  • Jan Fuglestvedt, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo (CICERO)
  • Akm Saiful Islam, Bangaldesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • Joyce Kimutai, Kenya Meteorological Department
  • Qiyun Woo, National Geographic Young Explorer
  • Zinta Zommers, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

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Location: Extreme Hangout, Green Zone
Monday 4 December
Time: 16:00–17:00

Gender inequality is undermining our collective efforts to fight the climate crisis. Creating gender-equitable societies remains a central goal of meaningful sustainable development and will require ambitious leadership, and society-wide transformation. This session underscores the connection and interdependence of climate action and gender equality and the need for simultaneous consideration. Attendees will learn more about the mutual impact of climate change and gender equity in the pursuit of a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Moderator and Speakers

  • Leon Pieters (Moderator), Deloitte Global Clients & Industry Leader,
  • Mavis Mainu, Executive Officer to the CEO of Climate Analytics and Gender Expert,
  • Renata Koch Alvarenga, Founder and Executive Director of EmpoderaClima,
  • Karla Godoy da Costa Lima, Executive Secretary of Sustainable Development of Pernambuco,
  • Kehkashan Basu, Founder-President, Green Hope Foundation

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Tuesday 5 December

Location: Press Conference Room 2 Zone B6 - Building 77
Tuesday 5 December
Time: 09:00–09:30

In this press conference, the Climate Action Tracker will launch its annual update and publish the latest warming estimates from government pledges, NDCs and current policy pathways.

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Location: Australia Pavilion
Tuesday 5 December
Time: 09:00 UAE

Join Dr Andrew Forrest AO and Julia Souder, Chairwoman of the Global Renewables Alliance, moderated by Dr Brian O'Callaghan, Australian Rhodes Scholar and Lead Researcher at The Smith School at the University of Oxford, for an in-depth discussion about how Australia can harness international finance to build a world-leading green export economy. Drawing on Dr Forrest’s leadership of Fortescue, Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang and Ms Souder's deep expertise in green energy, this will be an opportunity to learn more about Fortescue and Squadron Energy’s plans for supporting the aims of President Biden's Climate Finance Mobilisation Forum, the Australian Government's plan to transform Australia into a renewable energy superpower and how this will support international decarbonisation trajectories.


Dr Brian O'Callaghan, Australian Rhodes Scholar and Lead Researcher at The Smith School at the University of Oxford


  • Dr Fahad Saeed, Scientific Model and Data Manager, Climate Analytics
  • Dr Andrew Forrest AO
  • Julia Souder, Chairwoman of the Global Renewables Alliance

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Location: Blue Zone, Opportunity Petal, Building Oa05, Room: OA05G3
Tuesday 5 December
Time: 9:00–11:00 UAE

The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA) is hosting our 9th Investor Forum from the UN Climate Conference, COP28, on Dec 5, 2023 at 9:00am to 11:00am GST. Hosted at the CARICOM pavilion in the Blue Zone with a delayed broadcast online, register today to book a seat at this Investor Forum which will highlight how the Caribbean is building resilience throught home-grown sustainable solutions.

This Investor Forum will bring together investors, stakeholders, and experts to explore and catalyze innovative strategies and financing mechanisms aimed at building climate resilience and sustainability in the Caribbean region. Sign up now to ensure you are present during this exclusive event to participate in the Q&A and find out firsthand which projects and breakthroughs are taking place in the region.


  • Racquel Moses, UNFCCC Global Ambassador, CEO The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA)
  • Kiesha Farnum, Director, Public Sector Projects, The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA)
  • Cheryl Senhouse, Finance Innovation Director, The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA)
  • Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer for Standard Chartered Bank
  • Sasha Jattansingh, Loss and Damage Expert at Climate Analytics Caribbean
  • Thibault Ménage, Vice President Caribbean for the French hydrogen infrastructure pure player, HDF Energy

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Location: Regional Climate Foundations Pavilion (No - TA3-145)
Tuesday 5 December
Time: 10:00 - 11:30

The Climate Transparency partnership recently published a 'G20 Acceleration Call' report on coal followed by report on oil and gas with three asks to accelerate climate action in the G20: higher ambition of national climate targets, stronger implementation to deliver on existing plans, and deeper cooperation to use the G20’s collective political, technological and financial power. The calls also assess levels of ambition and implementation of this transition in the G20 and provides urgent recommendations for each country.

This event will discuss the following questions:

  • Where do G20 countries stand in their climate action to keep 1.5C alive?
  • What can each G20 member do to accelerate coal phase-out and accelerate a renewable phase-in?
  • What is the role of the G20 countries as global oil and gas consumers and producers?
  • What can countries do to reduce their reliance on oil and gas?
  • How can international cooperation support the transition away from fossil fuels?


Sebastian Wegner, Senior Coordinator, Climate Transparency

10:05-10:15 On the road to ambition

Key messages from the Climate Transparency Acceleration Call and an overview of proposed actions for the UN Secretary General's Acceleration Agenda

Julia Horn, Climate Transparency

10:15-11:10 From ambition to implementation

Phasing out fossil fuels: from ambition to implementation

  • William Wills, Technical Director, Centro Brasil no Clima (Brazil)
  • Mariana Guterrez Grados (Iniciativa Climatica de Mexico (Mexico)
  • Paolo Cozzi, Senior Implementation Specialist and Lead on Climate Finance Access, Climate Analytics (USA)
  • Fabby Tumiwa, Executive Director, Institute for Essential Services Reform (Indonesia)
  • Luca Bergamaschi, Co-Founding Director, ECCO (Italy)

Location: Regional Climate Foundations Pavilion- COP28 (Pavilion No - TA3-145) (B7 88)

Date: 5 December

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

This event brings together the latest findings on the recently published State of Climate Action, which offers a roadmap that the world can follow to avoid increasingly dangerous and irreversible climate impacts, while minimising harms to biodiversity and food security. It translates the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature limit into 2030 and 2050 targets across sectors that account for roughly 85% of global GHG emissions — power, buildings, industry, transport, forests and land, food and agriculture — as well as those focused on the scale-up of technological carbon removal and climate finance. The report then assesses collective global progress and highlights where action must urgently accelerate this decade to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The findings of the report will be followed by a panel discussion on how the findings resonate at a country level and relate to closing the implementation and ambition gaps.

Moderator: Rachel Jetel, WRI


  • Kelly Levin, Bezos Earth Fund
  • Casey Cronin/Josefina Cobian, ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Claire Fyson, Climate Analytics
  • Katie Lebling, WRI
  • Joe Thwaites, NRDC
  • Adrian Fernandez, ICM
  • Cintya Feitosa, iCS
  • Crispian Olver, South Africa PCC

Location: Bellona Pavilion, building nr 88, 3rd floor
Tuesday 5 December
Time: 14:00–15:00 UAE

This panel discussion, co-hosted by Carbon Gap and the World Resources Institute, and part of the ‘Carbon Removals at COP’ programming for COP28, will focus on how countries can integrate CDR into their NDCs and ensure that doing so will deliver a true climate benefit, without deterring or slowing emissions reductions.


  • Eli Mitchell-Larson (Carbon Gap)
  • Katie Lebling (World Resources Institute)
  • Robert Höglund (Milkywire – co-author of Carbon Gap publication focused on mitigation deterrence)
  • M.J.Mace (UNFCCC Negotiator)
  • Sabine Frank (Carbon Market Watch)
  • Claire Fyson (Climate Analytics)

Wednesday 6 December

Location: Climate Action Stage — Innovation Zone (out of Blue/Green Zone, ~20min from Dubai Expo), Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, Al Sufouh 1, Dubai
Wednesday 6 December
Time: 09:30–10:15

Delivering climate action by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C will require rapid transformations across our major systems – energy, industry, food, forest and land, finance and more. But we are off track. Meanwhile, we know what the solutions are, and exponential change is happening, proving that extraordinary transformation is possible, faster than we previously imagined. Armed with the latest findings from the State of Climate Action 2023 report from Systems Change Lab, this session will focus on what action is needed by 2030, where we are seeing positive exponential change that we can build on, and how taking a systems approach to the required transformations will be vital.


  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund
  • Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Claire Fyson, Co-Head of Policy, Climate Analytics
  • Kelly Levin, Chief of Science, Data and Systems Change, the Bezos Earth Fund
  • Rachel Jetel, Co-Director, Systems Change Lab, World Resources Institute

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Location: Nepal Pavilion
Date: Wednesday 6 December
Time: 10:00–11:00

The Government of Nepal submitted its second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2020. The NDC defined quantified and policy-based mitigation targets in various sectors, including in the transportation and industrial sectors. The targets include increasing sales of public and private electric vehicles, developing electric rail networks, adopting low emission technologies in brick and cement industries, and monitoring emissions from large industries.

The Government of Nepal has also developed and endorsed the NDC Implementation Plan (NDCIP) to translate these NDC targets into various courses of action. It is expected that the implementation of these targets will not only result in reduction of GHG emissions through decarbonisation of transport and industrial sectors, but also result in multiple co-benefits such as reduction in air pollution, improvement in health, and reduced trade deficit because of reduction in imports of fossil fuels, which is currently Nepal’s biggest import.

This event will focus on Nepal’s planned energy transition in the transport and industry sectors, the progress it is making in these sectors, and the way ahead to meet the NDC targets and contribute towards Nepal’s goal of net zero emissions by 2045. It will include a brief presentation on Nepal’s NDC targets and progress on energy transition in the transport and industry sectors, followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the Government of Nepal, Climate Analytics and Climate Change experts.

The session will be moderated by Bhushan Tuladhar from USAID Clean Air/FHI 360.


  • Present Nepal’s NDC targets, NDC Implementation Plan and progress on energy transition in the transport and industry sectors.
  • Discuss current challenges and opportunities in meeting the NDC targets related to transport and industry.
  • Explore financing opportunities with representatives of the Government of Nepal and experts.


  • Sushil Poudel, Secretary, MoEWRI
  • Frances Fuller, Director, North America office, Climate Analytics
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Lah, Wuppertal Institute
  • Sushil Chandra Tiwari, Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Ministry of Energy, Water resources and Energy, Government of Nepal

This event is jointly co-hosted by Nepal's Ministry of Forest and Environment, in partnership with Climate Analytics South Asia and FHI360

Friday 8 December

Location: United for Nature (IUCN) pavilion
Date: Friday 8 December
Time: 12:00–13:00

Session overview: Northern forests play an important role for climate mitigation. But they are in need of protection as they are in decline and further threatened by climate change.

This event will discuss the scientific, indigenous peoples', political and NGO perspectives on northern forests. Each speaker will speak for 10 mins, followed by a Q+A.


  • Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Climate Analytics
  • Jennifer Skene, NRDC
  • Karin Nutti Pilflykt, Saami Council
  • Jesus Maria Alquezar Sabadie, European Commission
  • Stephen Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada

Location: Cryosphere pavilion
Date: Friday 8 December
Time: 13:00–14:00

Session overview: The event will showcase research on policy-relevant climate overshoot scenarios, where temperatures would temporarily exceed 1.5°C before being brought back down below 1.5°C at the end of the century. This explores impacts associated with such trajectories, and if, as emissions descend, impacts could be reversed. Adaptation practitioners and civil society members will join for discussion about what overshoot would mean for the cryosphere, and how that could inform climate action today.

Carl-Friedrich Schleussner talks about the Europe Horizon 2020 research project PROVIDE.

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Location: CARICOM pavilion (CCCCC)
Date: Friday 8 December
Time: 14:00-15:00

This event will engage Caribbean leaders and policy makers on the proposal for a Regional Goal on Adaptation, and will kick off the endorsement process by Caribbean governments to formally adopt a Regional Goal on Adaptation for the Caribbean

At the COP28 launch of the proposal for a Regional Goal on Adaptation, Climate Analytics Caribbean looks forward to furthering our goal of addressing the gap between global advocacy on climate change, and driving regional and domestic climate action. Central to achieving this is the advancement of climate science, policy research and analysis and support for the right of equitable public participation in decision-making. The Regional Goal on Adaptation launch will empower Caribbean communities and local adaptation actors to better engage and participate in implementing progress of the Global Goal on Adaptation framework at the international level.

Saturday 9 December

Location: Regional Climate Foundations Pavilion (B7, building 88, ground floor)
Date: Saturday 9 December
Time: 14:00-15:00

The IPCC says we need to peak global greenhouse gas emissions before 2025 for our best shot at limiting warming to 1.5°C – yet emissions will reach a record high this year. We discuss some new research on when emissions are likely to peak, and the policy actions needed for the near term to peak in time. We also explore some of the risks to peaking, including government plans to expand fossil fuels.

Opening remarks

Bill Hare, CEO, Climate Analytics


Kaisa Kosonen, Climate Expert and Senior Political Advisor at Greenpeace International


Key findings from the Production Gap Report 2023

Lisa Fischer, Programme Lead, E3G

When will global greenhouse gas emissions peak?

Claire Fyson and Dr Neil Grant, Climate Analytics

Followed by reactions from discussants and Q&A

Sunday 10 December

Location: Side Event Room 6
Date: Sunday 10 December
Time: 11:30–13:00

Where do negotiations stand? What does the GST mean for mountains and coastal communities? Hear from scientists and country representatives.

Organised by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

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Monday 11 December

Location: Global Climate Action & Tech Innovation Hub (Green Zone)
Date: Monday 11 December
Time: 14:10–15:05

This event brings together NGOs from the US, EU and China to discuss a range of topics including NDC updates, technology and finance solutions for climate change, the just energy transition, technology and finance support for LDCs, and renewable energy development potential in Africa.


Location: Parliamentary Pavilion
Date: Monday 11 December
Time: 10:30–11:15

GLOBE International has been supporting the engagement of parliamentarians at UNFCCC COPs since their very inception in the 1990s. Our raison d’etre is to make parliamentarians better informed and more effective on climate change and related challenges. We work to support parliaments and parliamentarians create the legal underpinnings for climate commitments through framework legislation; ensure adequate budget allocation so plans are matched by finance; hold the executive to account for delivery; show leadership and action in parliamentarians’ own constituencies; and work to create broad public and stakeholder support for climate action.

Bill Hare
to give a briefing on COP28 and Climate Action Tracker

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