What We Expect at COP28 in November

ONLINE & TOKYO: On 1 November, UNU will host a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Ulrika Modéer, Director of the UNDP Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy.

On 1 November 2023, UNU will host “What We Expect at COP28 in November”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Ms. Ulrika Modéer, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. This hybrid event (online and in-person) will start at 18:00 (UTC+9) on Zoom and in the 1F Annex at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

For the past few years, the impacts of climate change have been increasingly felt throughout the world. Often, vulnerable communities and people are affected most by climate-related disasters, drought, and displacement, as well as food and water shortages. Meanwhile, the climate emergency cannot be addressed without actionable and just energy transitions from technological, behavioral and structural perspectives.

All of these issues will be part of negotiations at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), taking place in United Arab Emirates from 30 November—12 December 2023.

Ms. Modéer will join UNU Senior Vice-Rector Sawako Shirahase to discuss expectations for COP28 and evolving policy discussions on climate change — both from the angles of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Please note this event will be in English; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration by 31 October is required.

Additionally, please be prepared to present identification at check-in.


To attend this event in person at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, register here: 

To attend this event online via Zoom webinar, register here:

Online participants will receive an email on the day of the event with a link to join the Zoom webinar.

About the Speaker

Ms. Ulrika Modéer began her role as UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy on 20 August 2018. In this role she leads the organization in nurturing and growing key relationships with Member States and new and emerging partners. She steers UNDP’s communications and advocacy, as it works to realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Modéer previously served as Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation and Climate and has been instrumental in reshaping the country’s international development cooperation to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

She combines a strong policy background with parliamentary and civil society experience and has had several assignments in Latin America (Bolivia, Guatemala) and Africa (Mozambique, South Africa).

Ms. Modéer holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Born in 1969, Ms. Modéer is married with three children.