World Economic Forum Unveils Ambitious Agenda for COP28, Prioritizing Global Climate Action

World Economic Forum Unveils Ambitious Agenda for COP28, Prioritizing Global Climate Action

Geneva, Switzerland, November 21, 2023 – As the 28th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP28) approaches, the World Economic Forum (WEF) announces its commitment to accelerating multistakeholder initiatives for effective climate action. The focus at COP28, scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 12, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is on key priority action areas: industry decarbonization and net zero, energy transition, food, nature, and innovative finance.

Gim Huay Neo, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, emphasized the need for a holistic approach to address the environmental crisis. “Fostering a sense of inter-dependence, mutual trust, and support, as well as active collaboration between governments, the private sector, philanthropy, civil society, and communities, is needed to build a more harmonious relationship among communities and with the planet,” stated Neo. COP28 presents an opportunity for the WEF to provide a platform for multistakeholders to take stock of progress, enhance partnership efforts, and explore new ideas and solutions together to safeguard global commons.

The discussions in Dubai will build on outcomes from the Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Meetings 2023, reflecting on progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating momentum in addressing climate and nature crises while advancing an inclusive energy transition.

As part of the COP28 program, the WEF will host several sessions aligned with the meeting’s thematic areas. Most sessions will take place at the COP28 Blue Zone, accessible to UNFCCC-accredited media.

Insights and Initiatives: A Glimpse into the Future

The WEF is set to make several announcements and publications during COP28:

Nov 22: Net Zero Industry Tracker 2023
Nov 22: Financing Energy Transition Projects with Industrial Clusters in Europe
Nov 26: Biodiversity Credits: Demand Analysis and Market Outlook
Nov 27: Biodiversity Credits: A Guide to Support Effective Use
Nov 29: Launch of Scope 3 Action Plan from the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders
Nov 29: Navigating Article 6: Opportunities for the Middle East and North Africa
Nov 30: Grassroots to Boardrooms: Social Innovation Partnerships for Climate Adaptation
Nov 30: Catalysing Climate Action in Asia: Unlocking the Power of Philanthropic-Private-Public Partnerships
Nov 30: Policy Action to Mobilize Climate Finance and Market Responses
Dec 1: Taking Stock of Global Business Efforts on Adaptation
Dec 4: Joint Communiqué: CEOs from the Leaders for a Sustainable MENA Sign Joint Letter to Pledge Net Zero by 2050 and to Reduce 200MT CO2 Emissions by 2030
Dec 4: Roadmap for Enabling Measures for Green Hydrogen in the MENA Region
Dec 4: Fuelling the Future of Shipping: Key Barriers to Scaling Zero-Emission Fuel Supply
Dec 5: Circularity in the Built Environment: Maximizing CO2 Abatement and Business Opportunities
Dec 5: Using a People-positive Approach to Accelerate the Scale-up of Clean Power: A C-Suite Guide for Community Engagement
The World Economic Forum’s comprehensive agenda reflects a commitment to driving transformative change on a global scale, engaging leaders across sectors to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change. The outcomes of COP28 are anticipated to set the stage for collaborative efforts to build a sustainable and resilient future for the planet.

Members of the media are encouraged to reach out to Dai Di, Acting Head of Media Development and Planning, World Economic Forum, by email at, to express interest in speaking to or interviewing a Forum expert and learn more about the spokespeople and their areas of expertise here.

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