Inside COP 28
The window to cap global warming at 1.5°C is rapidly narrowing, with the devastating impacts of record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather events intensifying daily.
This year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in Dubai is a pivotal moment for strategic decisions and meaningful outcomes to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change.
Scheduled to run from November 30 to December 12, this COP will see the conclusion of the inaugural global stocktake under the Paris Agreement, capping a 2-year process with intensive technical work, expert submissions, and more. This will be a critical opportunity to assess progress across the globe in achieving the Paris Agreement's objectives on mitigation, adaptation, and means of implementation and support—and how far we still have to go.
The successful outcome of this process must include actionable and equitable solutions to ratchet ambition in new and updated nationally determined contributions and other climate policy instruments such as national adaptation plans.
The global stocktake is one of the headline items of this year's COP. But it is far from the only item on the agenda—all eyes will also be on the highly anticipated Global Goal on Adaptation, as well as how negotiators address the need to phase out fossil fuels, among other issues in the COP 28 outcome documents.
IISD experts will be watching this process closely, providing in-depth reporting on the negotiations while sharing insights on the crucial policy developments to watch.
COP 28 Halfway Point Webinar
December 7, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+4
Follow the action with IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Halfway through the year's biggest climate change conference, join a condensed webinar to review Week One progress and predict what to expect from Week Two.
Unpacking Carbon Capture and Storage: The Technology Behind the Promise
Many fossil fuel producing countries are placing big bets on carbon capture and storage to cut emissions. This article takes a closer look at the feasibility, costs, and risks associated with carbon capture and storage to shine a light on why it doesn't live up to its reputation as a definitive solution.
How the UNFCCC Can Tackle Fossil Fuel Subsidies at COP 28 and Beyond
COP28 could be a turning point for action on fossil fuel subsidies—if there is political will. How have fossil fuel subsidies featured in UNFCCC negotiations so far? And how can action on fossil fuel subsidies be taken at COP 28 and beyond?
Four Key Elements to Ensure a Successful Global Goal on Adaptation
As the final rounds of negotiations on the GGA kick off at COP 28, a looming question remains: Will it be comprehensive enough for countries to implement in the years ahead?
The Global Stocktake Needs to Send a Strong Message on Adaptation
Concluding at COP 28, the inaugural global stocktake sheds light on our collective progress toward reaching the Paris Agreement’s goals. What signals should it send to countries to strengthen adaptation and resilience in the next 5 years?
If Not Now, When? Ambitious energy package is a must at COP 28
As COP 28 approaches, all eyes are on the energy sector. Amidst a striking 91% of global carbon dioxide emissions originating from fossil fuels in 2022, the world is watching for an ambitious energy transition package at this year’s UN Climate Conference in Dubai.
Food Systems and Agriculture: What’s on the menu for COP 28?
Our agriculture expert Claire McConnell explains the importance of food systems transformation in addressing climate change and how can it be achieved, particularly within the context of COP 28.
Our COP 28 Experts
Interim Co-President and Co-CEO | Vice-President, Global Strategies and Managing Director, Europe
Associate Vice-President, Resilience
Director, Energy Program, Just Transitions and Canada
Director, Nature for Resilience
Director, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Resilience
Senior Director, Tracking Progress
Policy Analyst, Green Reconstruction of Ukraine
Writer/Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Writer, Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Director, Energy Program, Public Financial Flows
Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Adaptation to Climate Change
Olivier Bois von Kursk
Senior Communications Officer
Lead, Public Procurement and Sustainable Infrastructure and Coordinator of the NBI Global Resource Centre
Policy Advisor, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Canada Energy
Senior Policy Advisor
Head of Secretariat, NAP Global Network
Coordinator, NAP Global Network
Knowledge Manager, NAP Global Network
Policy Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation Governance, NAP Global Network
Policy Advisor I
Lead, Tax and Extractives
Senior Communications Manager
Senior Policy Advisor
Director, Sustainable Infrastructure
Lead, Sustainable Finance