The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP28, will be the 28th United Nations Climate Change conference.


The UAE will host from November 30th until December 12th, 2023 at the Expo City Dubai. The purpose is to unite the world towards agreement on bold, practical and ambitious solutions to the most pressing global challenge of our time.


As host nation, the UAE’s responsibilities will include formulating the outcomes of the summit and supervising the negotiations to achieve official decisions that will be announced at COP28.


The COP28 President-Designate, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, clarified the priorities in his welcome message.  “We are a halfway point. It has been 7 years since Paris, with 7 years to go to 2030. We need to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 and course correct on adaptation, finance and loss and damage.  

Together, we will prioritize efforts to accelerate emissions reductions through a pragmatic energy transition, reform land use, and transform food systems. We will work to mobilize solutions for vulnerable countries, operationalize loss and damage, and deliver the most inclusive Conference possible.

We will deliver a transformational COP of action. A COP for all.”

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COP, Look, Listen

Welcome back to the final COP, LOOK, LISTEN of 2023. Before leaving you to well-earned breaks and festivity, here’s our round up of headlines from the summit, plus what to expect next year...
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Fossil Fuel Nations Almost Sabotaged a Climate Deal That Could Save Africa

By Nathaniel Mong'are 12/15/23
COP28 was more than a summit for African nations acutely vulnerable to climate disasters despite being the least responsible for carbon pollution. Africans hoped it could be a pivotal moment where the world’s climate crisis…
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John Kerry Is Optimistic About Fighting Climate Change After COP28

By Wes Siler 12/15/23
This week, representatives from nearly 200 countries assembled in Dubai for the United Nations Climate Change Conference—called COP28—and agreed to “phase out” production and use of fossil fuels by 2050. The surprise deal could be…
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How the World’s First Deal to Ditch Fossil Fuels Was Forged at COP28

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Laura Millan, and John Ainger 12/15/23
It was an improbable scene in dubai as a top oil executive basked in a standing ovation from hundreds of diplomats tasked with fighting climate change. Sultan Al Jaber, head of the United Arab Emirates’…
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U.S. Climate Envoy Reflects on Recent Deal, and What Comes Next

By Lisa Friedman 12/15/23
The deal 198 nations struck this week to transition away from fossil fuels is “the most important decision since the Paris agreement,” in 2015, John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate change, said Friday.…
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COP28 climate deal ‘stab in the back’, activist Greta Thunberg says

The COP 28 climate deal reached with huge fanfare this week in Dubai is a stab in the back for the nations most affected by global warming and won't stop temperatures rising beyond critical levels,…
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Opinion | What a real international climate breakthrough would look like

By Editorial Board 12/14/23
Diplomats gathered in Dubai are working hard to convince the world that the United Nations’ 28th climate summit, which ended Wednesday, was a decisive success. Big oil producers in the Middle East and beyond agreed…
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Failure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists

By Damian Carrington 12/14/23
The failure of Cop28 to call for a phase-out of fossil fuels is “devastating” and “dangerous” given the urgent need for action to tackle the climate crisis, scientists have said. One called it a “tragedy…
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COP28 Agreement Signals “Beginning of the End” of the Fossil Fuel Era

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) closed today with an agreement that signals the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era by laying the ground for a swift, just and equitable transition,…
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Landmark COP28 agreement calls for ‘transitioning away’ from fossil fuels

By Zoya Mirza 12/13/23
Representatives from nearly 200 countries struck a landmark climate agreement Wednesday, calling for a transition away from fossil fuels and the acceleration of renewable energy production. The deal marked the conclusion of the COP28 summit,…
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The Climate Summit Starts to Crack a Tough Nut: Emissions From Food

By Somini Sengupta 12/12/23
It’s hard enough for world leaders to figure out the future of coal, oil and gas in a warming world. What about the future of bread and milk? The food system accounts for around 30…
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COP28: the science is clear — fossil fuels must go

Sultan Al Jaber, the host and president of COP28, this year’s United Nations climate conference, sparked an outcry before the meeting kicked off in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At an online event on 21 November,…
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Countries clinch unprecedented deal to transition away from fossil fuels

By Timothy Puko   12/14/23  
Nearly 200 countries struck a breakthrough climate agreement Wednesday, calling for a transition away from fossil fuels in an unprecedented deal that targets the greatest contributors to the planet’s warming.
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The Money Food Badly Needs for Climate Fight Is Rolling In

By Agnieszka de Sousa   12/10/23  
Supercharging crop seeds to better withstand drought. Breeding cows that burp out less methane. And tracking cattle to prevent deforestation.
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COP28: Five reasons for optimism on climate

By Matt McGrath   12/09/23  
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by bad news about climate change. Even for those of us used to covering it every day as journalists, it can sometimes seem relentless. Of course we are right to…
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Big meat and dairy lobbyists turn out in record numbers at Cop28

By Rachel Sherrington, Clare Carlile and Hazel Healy   12/09/23  
Lobbyists from industrial agriculture companies and trade groups have turned out in record numbers at Cop28, with three times as many delegates representing the meat and dairy industry as last year.
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In Dubai, a ‘Good Vibes Only’ Approach to Climate Change

By Alex Simon   12/08/23  
On a recent trip to the United Arab Emirates, I felt as if I’d entered a fever dream of green exuberance. It was more than two months before COP28, the annual global climate meeting now…
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Bezos Earth Fund Leads $225 Million Plan to Protect the Pacific

By Todd Woody   12/08/23  
Year after year, leaders of Pacific island states have left the United Nations climate conference empty-handed as industrialized countries politely ignore their pleas to take bold action to stem rising seas that threaten their millennia-old…
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Why the OPEC+ Output Cuts Have Flopped

By Julian Lee   12/08/23  
Additional oil production cuts announced by members of the OPEC+ group last week are failing to impress the market. It’s no surprise why. According to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which acts as…
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Climate talks shift into high gear. Now words and definitions matter at COP28

By Seth Borenstein, David Keyton, Joshua A. Bickel and Sibi Arasu   12/07/23  
The mood is about to shift, the hours grow longer and the already high sense of urgency somehow amp up even more as the United Nations climate summit heads into its final week
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How COP28 could help developing countries confront climate change

By Ari Shapiro, Alejandra Marquez Janse, Tinbete Ermyas   12/07/23  
As countries negotiate how to deal with a warming planet, there is a central tension. Big, wealthy nations contributed most to the problem by emitting lots of carbon, and smaller, poorer countries feel outsized impacts…
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U.S. mayors and governors are in Dubai to discuss climate change

Leaders from around the world are gathered in Dubai for COP 28, the U.N.'s annual summit on climate action. They're trying to hammer out a plan for how to transition the world away from fossil…
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Wind and solar pose climate threat too, oil giant Saudi Arabia argues

By Corbin Hiar   12/07/23  
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is urging nations to take action on what it suggests is a growing threat to the Earth’s climate — wind and solar power.
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Climate progress in charts: Gaps and gains, as world meets in Dubai

By Mark Trumbull and Jacob Turcotte   12/07/23  
Professional researchers who study Earth’s climate say there is no doubt about some basic trends: Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are rising fast, human burning of fossil fuels is the key reason, and the result…
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As fossil fuel phase-out gathers steam, resistance builds

By Sebastian Rodriguez   12/06/23  
Saudi Arabia is one of the strongest opponents of a decision at Cop28 to out fossil fuels, as tensions grow near the end of the first week of negotiations. Saudi energy minister Abdulaziz bin Salman…
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Air-Conditioning Use Will Surge in a Warming World, U.N. Warns

By Hiroko Tabuchi   12/05/23  
Sixty nations committed on Tuesday to improve the efficiency of new air-conditioners by 50 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to those cooling machines by almost 70 percent, the latest in a flurry of…
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COP28 Needs Less Talk and More Action

By The Editorial Board   12/05/23  
In 2015, the world’s governments declared a collective ambition: to limit the rise in global temperatures to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Since then, two things have become clear. First, the costs of exceeding that threshold…
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Loss and Damage Control at COP 28

By Brad Johnson   12/05/23  
The biggest story of the ongoing climate talks in the United Arab Emirates is its takeover by the global fossil-fuel industry, as exemplified by the president of COP 28, Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, whose main…
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Faith-based Engagement at COP28

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) and religious leaders are an important presence at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties demonstrating that religious and spiritual communities are essential to the fight against climate…
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Al Gore slams COP28 climate summit host UAE, says its emissions soared

By Valerie Volcovici   12/04/23  
Climate advocate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Sunday slammed the UAE - host of the COP28 climate summit - saying its position as overseer of international negotiations on global warming this year…
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Agreement to phase out fossil fuels would be huge for humanity, says Gore

By Oliver Milman   12/04/23  
An agreement by countries to phase out fossil fuels would be “one of the most significant events in the history of humanity”, according to Al Gore, amid wrangling by governments at Cop28.
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Al Jaber faces a firestorm over fossil fuels

By Lisa Friedman   12/04/23  
The Emirati oil executive leading the global climate summit faced intense criticism on Monday over his claim that there was “no science” that shows fossil fuels must be phased out to prevent disastrous levels of…
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John Kerry shrugs off COP28 chief’s controversial fossil fuel remarks

By Anne McElvoy, Peter Snowdon and Zack Colman   12/04/23  
COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber’s controversial remarks that “no science” shows a fossil fuel phaseout is needed to hit climate goals may require “clarification,” U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told POLITICO. Kerry’s remarks — his first…
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Cop28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels

By Damian Carrington and Ben Stockton   12/03/23  
The president of Cop28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5C, the Guardian and the Centre for Climate…
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Address of the Holy Father to the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

We publish below the Holy Father’s speech prepared on the occasion of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), which takes place from 30 November to 12…
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Oil companies’ unexpected plan to tackle climate change

By Timothy Puko   12/02/23  
Many of the world’s biggest oil companies announced Saturday that they would slash methane emissions from their wells and drilling by more than 80 percent by 2030, an ambitious plan that could help curb runaway…
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22 Countries Pledge to Triple Nuclear Capacity in Push to Cut Fossil Fuels

By Jenny Gross   12/02/23  
The United States and 21 other countries pledged on Saturday at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai to triple nuclear energy capacity by 2050, saying the revival of nuclear power was critical for cutting…
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Biden Administration Announces Rule to Cut Millions of Tons of Methane Emissions

By Jim Tankersley and Lisa Friedman   12/02/23  
Vice President Kamala Harris pledged at a United Nations climate summit on Saturday that the United States would spend billions more to help developing nations fight and adapt to climate change, telling world leaders that…
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A Tense Climate Summit Begins Against a Backdrop of War and Record Heat

By David Gelles   12/01/23  
With warnings of planetary catastrophe and pleas to protect vulnerable populations, world leaders implored each other today to stop burning fossil fuels and swiftly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are dangerously heating the planet.
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At COP28, the Role of Food Systems in the Climate Crisis Will Get More Attention Than Ever

By Georgina Gustin   12/01/23  
By the end of the United Nations annual climate conference, going on now in Dubai, the term “food system transformation” will be very well worn.
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Countries pledge $400m to set up loss and damage fund

By Matteo Civillini   11/30/23  
On day one of UN climate talks in Dubai, negotiators rubber-stamped plans to get the fund up and running. The arrangements had been hashed out by a transitional committee over five fraught meetings in the…
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Seven people to watch at the COP28 climate talks in Dubai

By Maxine Joselow with research by Vanessa Montalbano   11/29/23  
Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! To all of the PR people who emailed me yesterday about interviews at the COP28 climate talks in Dubai: Thanks for your notes, and sorry I can’t…
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‘The biggest NGO in the world’: What role can religious leaders and faith groups play at COP28?

By Lottie Limb   11/29/23  
In June 2015, months before world leaders met in Paris to agree on the strongest terms yet to tackle climate change, the Pope wrote a letter. Laudato Si (Praise Be To You), subtitled ‘on care…
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Faith Pavilion: Religions have a new scenario at the COP 28 climate conference

By Joel Forster   11/29/23  
For the first time, a Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change will have a Faith Pavilion where representatives of religions will explain what their beliefs have to say about planet care.
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Using climate talks to sell fossil fuels

By Manuela Andreoni   11/28/23  
This year’s global climate summit has a built-in conflict: Sultan al-Jaber, the man leading this year’s talks in the United Arab Emirates, is also the head of its national oil company. That tension spilled out…
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Fossil fuel lobbying in the spotlight at COP28

By Rebecca Falconer   11/28/23  
Fossil fuel lobbying at COP28 is facing scrutiny after a report alleged host country the UAE planned to discuss striking oil and gas deals with other governments at the climate summit, which starts Thursday.
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FAQ: Annual climate negotiations are about to start. Do they matter?

By Michael Copley and Others   11/27/23  
A major, annual international climate meeting kicks off later this week in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
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How climate negotiators turn national self-interest into global collective action

By Asif Husain-Naviatti   11/27/23  
Global heat has seared to new extremes in recent months, and devastating climate disasters are providing powerful reminders of the costs of climate change, as governments around the world prepare for the 2023 United Nations…
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Why an oil kingdom is hosting the COP28 climate summit and other questions answered

By Maxine Joselow   11/27/23  
Tens of thousands of people from around the world will descend on Dubai this week for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. The United Arab Emirates, a major oil producer, is hosting this year’s…
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Biden to Skip U.N. Climate Summit, White House Official Says

By Lisa Friedman and Jim Tankersley   11/26/23  
President Biden will not attend a major United Nations climate summit that begins Thursday in Dubai, skipping an event expected to be attended by King Charles III, Pope Francis and leaders from nearly 200 countries,…
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The Road to Dubai

By Elizabeth Kolbert   11/25/23  
Cop1 was held in 1995 in Berlin’s International Congress Center, a massive, metal-clad complex that looks like the set for a dystopian movie. Around nine hundred government delegates attended the weeklong negotiating session, along with…
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Why Carbon Capture Is Big Oil’s Solution for Climate Change

By Christine Li Edwards   11/23/23  
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is the President-Designate of the upcoming United Nations climate summit in Dubai, or COP28. He’s also head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Recently he said “we have to change…
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Ahead of COP28, a Call for a ‘Tangible Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels as Soon as Possible’

By Bob Berwyn   11/22/23  
A decades-long push by small island nations and other developing countries to put fossil fuels squarely at the center of United Nations climate talks got a boost this week as the European Union Parliament passed…
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COP28 Propaganda, Part 2: UAE Makes Woke-washed Calls For Inclusion Of Fossil Fuel Industry

By ClimateDenierRoundup   11/21/23  
Yesterday, we examined the UAE’s extensive greenwashing efforts ahead of COP28. Now, we’ll discuss the way that the UAE cynically appropriates social justice terminology and portrays the fossil fuel industry as a key part of…
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How to Tell If a Climate Deal Will Succeed or Fail

By Akshat Rathi   11/21/23  
It’s about to get very noisy in the climate world as more than 70,000 people flock to the United Arab Emirates for the COP28 summit starting next week. Making sense of the many announcements about…
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Here’s how many fossil fuel lobbyists have attended U.N. climate talks

By Maxine Joselow   11/21/23  
Representatives of the fossil fuel industry have attended U.N. climate talks at least 7,200 times over the past two decades, according to research released Tuesday by a coalition of advocacy groups.
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The many contrasts of oil-rich UAE, host of the global climate talks

By Chico Harlan   11/21/23  
Even before visitors leave the baggage claim here, they have a sense of the vision the United Arab Emirates wants to project: A billboard-sized image shows rows of solar panels extending across the desert. The…
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COP28 Propaganda, Part 1: UAE Using Greenwashing As Fig Leaf Over Heinous Oil Expansion Plans

By ClimateDenierRoundup   11/20/23  
The clock is ticking on climate change, and at the end of this month, world leaders will convene to negotiate solutions to this critical threat at COP28. Unfortunately, this crucial summit is being held in…
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What Is COP28? And Other Questions About the Big U.N. Climate Summit

By Lisa Friedman   11/20/23  
Two facts loom over United Nations climate talks that begin Nov. 30 in Dubai: the planet is careening toward climate disaster, and governments are acting too slowly to avert the crisis. Diplomats from nearly 200…
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Cop28 host UAE breaking its own ban on routine gas flaring, data shows

By Damian Carrington   11/17/23  
State-run oil and gas fields in the United Arab Emirates have been flaring gas virtually daily despite having committed 20 years ago to a policy of zero routine flaring, the Guardian can reveal.
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Three climate fights will dominate COP28

The united arab emirates, venue for cop28, the latest climate summit convened by the United Nations, is a controversial choice. Some 70,000 climate advocates, diplomats and other hangers-on will attend an event that begins on…
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Food Systems and Agriculture: What’s on the menu for the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28)?

The UAE COP 28 Presidency has placed food systems transformation at the heart of its COP agenda—and with good reason. Accounting for an average of 34% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and supporting the…
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