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The COP28 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the United Arab Emirates this year, will take place from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai. In addition to advancing global climate talks and action, this year’s climate conference will focus on the Global Stocktake, loss and damage, solutions implementation and climate finance.
The Members and Partners of EIT Climate-KIC are also leading or contributing to independent sessions related to climate innovation during COP28 and are inviting you to join virtually or in person.
Please note: all the events listed below are in UAE local time (UTC+4).
4 - 8 December 2023
Climate Action Innovation Zone
Location: Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, Dubai
The Climate Action Innovation Zone is an inclusive, free to attend, platform for cross-sector collaboration at COP28. Running between Monday 4th and Friday 8th December at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre in the accessible Marina area, it will bring together thousands of leaders and practitioners from business, finance, cities, governments and civil society to drive climate action at speed and scale. Attendees are not required to have COP28 Blue or Green Zone accreditation, ensuring an inclusive center-of-gravity for organisations looking to learn, meet, network, share and do business at COP.
Register here for your free Innovation Zone Guest Pass.
Climate KIC has 20 complimentary passes for our members to attend the Innovation Zone’s Flagship Events. Once these passes have sold out you will get access to an exclusive 50% discount:
- Sustainable Innovation Forum on 4-5th December: The leading multistakeholder sustainability conference alongside COP28, bringing together global climate leaders to promote transformative innovation and tangible climate action to help us go further, faster together. APPLY NOW
- Hydrogen Transition Summit on 7th December: Connecting 500 global hydrogen leaders to unify the rapidly developing and multi-faceted hydrogen value chain to scale the clean hydrogen economy. APPLY NOW
- Agri Food Systems Summit on 8th December: Run in technical collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), to unleash innovation for a global agri-food transformation. APPLY NOW
4 - 10 December 2023
Location: Blue Zone
Beyond the Global Stocktake to create feasible and just transitions
Date: Monday, 4th December 2023 11:30-13:00
Location: SE Room 9
This event presents a multi-model assessment of current implemented policies and ambitions on climate outcomes and proposes ways to strengthen ambition. It will explore the effects of addressing feasibility concerns on climate scenarios and discuss how just transitions can be included in them.
Speakers: Implemented policies: Michel den Elzen (PBL), Increasing ambition beyond Glasgow: Isabela Tagomori (PBL)/Roberto Schaefer (COPPE), Implications of feasibility on mitigation: Christoph Bertram (UMD/PIK), Just Transition scenarios: Keywan Riahi (IIASA).
Connecting international cooperation to local realities of the just transition
Date: Sunday, 10th December 11.30-13.00
Location: Expo City, Dubai
Amid significant uncertainty surrounding the upcoming draft decision on the new UNFCCC Work Programme on Just Transition (JTWP), we hope to seize this unique window of opportunity to foster an open and evidence-based conversation on how the JTWP can be operationalised to catalyse ambition and implementation.
The Just Transition can help maximise positive spillovers from climate action, navigate trade-offs, reduce inequality, and boost economic development. If applied economy wide, the Just Transition can create enabling conditions for an acceleration towards Paris Agreement goals.
Since Just Transitions are inherently embedded in local contexts, international negotiations must connect to the lived realities of people whose lives will be most impacted by climate policy. There is a need for UNFCCC spaces where diverse local voices can bring forward their unique positions on the interconnections between transition and development.
By grounding discussions in a neutral knowledge base and connecting the lived realities of the global majority into the international discussion, we hope to contribute to bridge divergent perspectives regarding domestic and international implementation of the Just Transition.
During the side event at COP28 we will bring together policymakers, non-party actors, community leaders and researcher experts, with an emphasis on perspectives from the Global South, indigenous communities, women and youth.