The event's presidency has announced a day-by-day schedule comprising primary themes and goals.
Abu Dhabi: The UAE Presidency of COP28 has announced a two-week theme programming for the conference, which will deliver on four major goals alongside the negotiations process and as part of the critical Global Stocktake response.
COP28 UAE, which will be held at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12, will focus on accelerating an equitable energy transition, fixing climate finance, putting nature first, and mobilising for the most inclusive COP ever.
The two-week programme was established in conjunction with stakeholders such as civil society, NGOs, youth, and Indigenous Peoples to push action and execute policy, funding, and technology solutions across these priorities. Thematic programming will be available in both the Blue and Green Zones. The Blue Zone will be a UNFCCC-managed site open to accredited party and observer delegates, whilst the Green Zone will welcome Blue Zone delegates and visitors, as well as representatives from the public and business sectors, non-governmental organisations, and the general public.
The first such strategy employed by a COP Presidency was a six-week open consultation on topic areas and sequencing, in which stakeholders were encouraged to offer views.
The programming begins 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 requesting commitments and accountability. It also includes new individual thematic days that address global concerns.
COP28 will dedicate a day to Health, Relief, Recovery, and Peace for the first time at a COP conference, with a high-level climate health ministerial, among other thematic activities. COP28 will also be the first to focus on the role of trade alongside finance, and it will be the COP that brings leaders from all levels of government and society - from local mayors to global leaders - together to work towards cleaner, greener, safer cities for current and future generations.
All thematic days will be anchored by an inclusive approach that prioritises frontline communities and focuses on how finance, technology, and innovation can drive solutions throughout the course of two weeks.
As the COP28 Presidency continues to ratchet up preparations for this year's meeting at Expo City Dubai, more specific information about each thematic day will be provided in the coming weeks and months.
The World Climate Action Summit will be held on December 1st and 2nd. Heads of state and world leaders will meet for two days to discuss the most important climate concerns with leaders from civil society, business, youth, Indigenous Peoples' organisations, and others. Typically, the summit helps to set the tone for the rest of the COP. For COP28, it will go even farther; it will offer the first-ever Global Stocktake response as well as the urgency of the situation, and the COP Presidency will seek accountability from the highest levels of global governance on a way ahead.
Health/Relief, Recovery, and Peace - December 3 Climate change is already having an influence on human health around the world, from the quality of the air we breathe to the water we drink and the locations we live. It is also a major source of displacement for vulnerable people, resulting in greater fragility that might jeopardise peace. This day, a first for COPs, will look into ways to help people affected while also improving resilience and recovery, resulting in increased stability.
Finance/Trade/Gender Equality/Accountability - December 4 - Neither global financial systems, which regulate and influence access to and affordability of climate finance, nor international trade networks are functioning effectively or fairly. It is commonly agreed that leaders of the global organisations and governments that control these systems must expedite and hold accountable a transformation.
Energy and Industry / Just Transition / Indigenous Peoples - December 5 The world must rapidly decarbonize while continuing to prosper economically. It is vital that this development occurs in a sustainable and inclusive manner in order to support lives and livelihoods while safeguarding the environment. This day will be devoted to determining how the world might speed the energy transition while also assuring its fairness.
Energy for daily living must remain affordable while also becoming cleaner, and jobs must be kept while also expanding as green technologies emerge and enable improved and equitable access to possibilities. The day will cover a wide range of options, from large-scale renewable energy deployment and how hydrogen might help, to decarbonizing today's energy through carbon capture technology and fast reducing methane emissions from oil and gas. It will also concentrate on heavy-emitting industries such as steel, cement, and aluminium.
Indigenous Peoples are responsible for 80 percent of the biodiversity on our world, and Indigenous Peoples Day will recognise the value of their intergenerational knowledge, practises, and leadership in climate action. The day will also deepen their participation in the just transition, emphasising the importance of an all-of-society approach.
Multilevel Action, Urbanisation, and Built Environment/Transport - December 6 - It is not often that leaders from all levels of government, from local to global, get together. This day will present a once-in-a-lifetime chance for mayors and governors, ministers and MPs, and global corporate and civil society leaders to collaborate to advance climate change solutions in all forms across society.
This will include investigating how greener urban mobility systems can be designed to withstand and adapt to climate change while supporting the transition to low-carbon built environments and infrastructure, as well as revamping our production and consumption systems to reduce waste. Furthermore, this day will highlight how all of these solutions contribute to safer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly cities for current and future generations.
December 7th is a day of rest.
Youth, Children, Education, and Skills - December 8 Children and teens face disproportionate risks and repercussions from climate change since they will inherit a world with harsher living and working conditions yet are not accountable for contributing to the problem. This day aims to empower children and youth to shape the outcomes of COP28 and beyond, as well as to provide them with clear, defined, and accessible chances to play a leadership role in the solutions provided at all levels.
Nature, Land Use, and Oceans - December 9 Our planet's climate and biodiversity are intricately linked; one cannot exist without the other. Mitigation of both problems must thus be integrated. At the CBD COP15, world leaders approved a 30 x 30 biodiversity objective, pledging to safeguard at least 30% of the planet's land and water by 2030. This day will contribute to the aim by focusing on delivering climate and nature co-benefits. This includes working with local and Indigenous peoples to co-design methods to land use and ocean conservation in order to maintain and manage biodiversity hotspots and natural carbon sinks.
Food, Agriculture, and Water - December 10 Climate change is putting significant strain on and endangering the food, agricultural, and water systems that keep people alive. At the same time, these systems are significant contributors to climate change: agri-food systems account for one-third of all human-made GHG emissions, and 70% of fresh water consumed globally is used for agricultural agriculture.
This day will focus on how to address this, from expanding regenerative agriculture and water-food systems that support habitat restoration and conservation while also increasing food security, to creating better, more equitable integrated governance between states and companies, farmers and producers.
December 11 and 12: Final Talks - There will be no thematic days on the final two days of COP28 to prevent prolonged programming while the negotiation text is frequently closed.
The complete COP28 thematic programme is available at