In the three decades since the Rio Summit and the launch of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP) has convened member countries every year to determine ambition and responsibilities, and identify and assess climate measures. The 21st session of the COP (COP21) led to the Paris Agreement, which mobilized global collective action to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, and to act to adapt to the already existing effects of climate change.

COP28 will be organized in Dubai’s Expo City from Thursday, November 30 until Tuesday December 12. COP28 is advertised as: ”In this decisive decade for climate action, the UAE will seek to unite the world towards agreement on bold, practical, and ambitious solutions to the most pressing global challenge of our time.”

Important issues at COP28 are, among others:

  • Implementation and operationalizing of the COP27 Loss and Damage Agreement, which will assist low-income countries that are facing the effects of climate change.
  • Finalizing The Global Stocktake, a 2-year process which happens every 5 years. which started at COP26 in Glasgow, UK.

Expo City is presented as: “The human-centric city of the future”. It is a futuristic perception of a human city. Yet, it also is based upon an obsolete attitude in which humanity dominates nature, while we are just a minor, but highly polluting, part of nature.

impression of Dubai Expo City