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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.

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Need to Know: What to watch at COP 28

Our COP 28 Experts


Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder

Interim Co-President and Co-CEO | Vice-President, Global Strategies and Managing Director, Europe


Anne Hammill

Associate Vice-President, Resilience

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Philip Gass

Director, Energy Program, Just Transitions and Canada


Alec Crawford

Director, Nature for Resilience

Angie Daze, Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Gender Equality

Angie Dazé

Director, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Resilience


Lynn Wagner

Senior Director, Tracking Progress

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Anna Ackermann

Policy Analyst, Green Reconstruction of Ukraine


Jennifer Allan

Writer/Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Jennifer Bansard

Jennifer Bansard

Writer, Earth Negotiations Bulletin


Christopher Beaton

Director, Energy Program, Public Financial Flows

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Emilie Beauchamp

Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Adaptation to Climate Change

Olivier Bois von Kursk, IISD Policy Analyst

Olivier Bois von Kursk

Policy Advisor

Aia Brnic

Aia Brnic

Senior Communications Officer

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Liesbeth Casier

Lead, Public Procurement and Sustainable Infrastructure and Coordinator of the NBI Global Resource Centre

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Aurélie Ceinos

Policy Advisor, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion


Julie Dekens

Principal Researcher

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Nichole Dusyk

Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Canada Energy

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Siddharth Goel

Senior Policy Advisor

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Orville Grey

Head of Secretariat, NAP Global Network


David Hoffmann

Coordinator, NAP Global Network

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Natalie Jones

Policy Advisor

Jonas Kuehl

Jonas Kuehl

Policy Analyst

Tara Laan

Tara Laan

Senior Associate


Christian Ledwell

Knowledge Manager, NAP Global Network

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Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez

Policy Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation Governance, NAP Global Network


Claire McConnell

Policy Advisor

Greg Muttitt

Greg Muttitt

Senior Associate


Juliet Perry

Communications Manager

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Jeffrey Qi

Policy Advisor I

Alexandra Readhead is Lead, Tax and Extractives with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program.

Alexandra Readhead

Lead, Tax and Extractives


Paulina Resich

Senior Communications Manager

Shruti Sharma IISD Senior Policy Advisor, Energy Program

Shruti Sharma

Senior Policy Advisor

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Benjamin Simmons

Director, Sustainable Infrastructure

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David Uzsoki

Lead, Sustainable Finance