Highlights from COP28

Aerial view of a village on a shoreline

The 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) convened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 30 November to 13 December. It concluded with a historic call to transition away from fossil fuels, and commitments to triple renewables capacity and double energy efficiency by 2030. It also made progress on adaptation and finance, including the loss and damage fund.

UNU-IAS provided science-based inputs through side events, policy dialogue and media commentary — advancing discussion on critical topics such as just transition, climate–SDG synergies and the rights of people displaced by climate change.

Yellow Pattern BG

COP28 Bookazine

A special publication features op-eds by UNU-IAS experts on learning ecosystems, climate communication, sustainable innovation and more

Other Engagement

Our experts also featured in the following events at COP28:


Climate Change & Mental Health: Understanding Risks & Empowering Opportunities

4 December, Official Side Event


Climate Change & the Right to Education

4 December, Greening Education Hub


Advancing Sustainable Forest Management: Financing Mechanisms for Carbon and Biodiversity

5 December, Official Side Event


Answering an Urgent Call: The Role of Higher Education in Tackling Climate Change

8 December, Thailand Pavilion


Transforming Education for a Greener Future: Brazil & Thailand Practices

8 December, Greening Education Hub


Benefits & Burdens: Developing Country Experiences with Participation in UNFCCC Transparency Arrangements

8 December, Official Side Event


Research to Accelerate Greening Education

8 December, Greening Education Hub


Gardens as First Movers for Human Mindshift towards Well-being

8 & 9 December, Resilience Frontiers Pavilion


Lesson Learned from Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes (SEPLS) in Sri Lanka

9 December, Sri Lanka Pavilion


Greening Education for a Water Secure World in a Changing Climate

10 December, Greening Education Hub

Measuring What We Value, or Valuing What We Measure? Delving into the Frontiers of Resilience Evidence and Measurement

10 December, Resilience Hub


Sustainability: Imaginary Gardens

10 December, Resilience Frontiers Pavilion


Resilience Frontiers Closing Event

11 December, Resilience Frontiers Pavilion