The 28th annual Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is set to take place from November 30th to December 12th, 2023. This year’s conference will be held in the renown Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The main objective of COP28 is to assess and drive progress in the fight against climate change, with a focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Countries will be reporting on their progress towards their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which outline specific actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Another key issue to be addressed at COP28 is the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, and floods, and how to better prepare and adapt to them.
However, the choice of Dubai as the host city for COP28 has raised some concerns. The United Arab Emirates is a major oil-producing country and has a high per capita carbon footprint. Additionally, Dubai is known for its extravagant and energy-intensive architecture, and it remains to be seen how the city will reconcile its image with the goals of COP28.
In addition to official government delegations, COP28 will also feature a number of side events where scientists, NGOs, and other experts will share their latest research and ideas on how to tackle climate change.
With so much at stake, COP28 is a crucial opportunity for the global community to come together and take action on one of the most pressing issues of our time. Stay tuned for updates and coverage of the conference as it unfolds.