The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 28th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 28), with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change. The meeting comprises the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28), the eighteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 18), and the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 5).


The vision for COP28 is to focus on four paradigm shifts:

  1. Fast-tracking the energy transition and slashing emissions before 2030;
  2. Transforming climate finance, by delivering on old promises and setting the framework for a new deal on finance;
  3. Putting nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action;
  4. Mobilizing for the most inclusive COP ever.

COP28 will feature the first Global Stocktake (GST), which will provide a comprehensive assessment of climate progress since adopting the Paris Agreement. The theme of COP28’s program is geared towards real world solutions that close the gaps to 2030 and respond to the GST with a clear action plan.

At COP28, ADB will launch several pivotal climate initiatives which include the Climate Change Action Plan, CRPP Investment Fund and small grant window, Nature Solution Finance Hub, Climate and Health Initiative, Hindu Kush Himalaya Climate Risk Management Initiative, and responding to the impact of heat stress on women.

Side event sessions will delve into diverse topics such as climate finance, carbon markets and finance, just transition, Paris alignment, climate investment planning, climate-responsive fiscal planning, loss and damage, coastal resilience, nature-based solutions, and sector-focused topics covering agriculture, energy, health, transport and water, among others. ADB will also be collaborating with other institutions in joint events.

Target participants

The conference is expected to convene over 70,000 participants, including heads of state, government officials, industry leaders, academics, and representatives from non-accredited delegates and other voices organizations.

Side Events

ADB participates in the UNFCCC process as an inter-governmental observer organization. At COP28, ADB will organize and co-organize the following events:

All times are in UAE Standard Time. Events will be held in the ADB Pavilion unless stated otherwise.

Week 1

1 December (Fri) - World Climate Action Summit

2 December (Sat) - World Climate Action Summit

3 December (Sun) - Health / Relief, Recovery, and Peace

4 December (Mon) - Finance / Trade / Gender Equality / Accountability

5 December (Tue) - Energy, Industry, and Just Transition

6 December (Wed) - Multilevel Action, Urbanization, and Built Environment/Transport

Week 2

8 December (Fri) - Youth, Children, Education and Skill

9 December (Sat) - Nature, Land Use, and Oceans

10 December (Sun) - Food, Agriculture and Waste

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