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What Exactly Is COP28?
by Sarah Haddad 2-minute read November 26, 2023

Everything you need to know about COP28.

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In the heart of Dubai, where innovation meets tradition, COP28 UAE is set to become the epicenter of a seven-year "Action Era." As the kickoff for 2023, the designated 'Year of Sustainability,' this United Nations Climate Change Conference promises to be a transformative event, bringing together world leaders, citizens, and changemakers from around the globe. 

What Is COP28, and Why Does It Matter?

COP28 is the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, a critical international summit addressing climate change. This year, the conference takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), a nation that has long seen climate change as a challenge demanding innovative solutions. The UAE's commitment to sustainability makes it an ideal host for an event of this magnitude.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is an annual gathering of world leaders aiming to collaborate on solutions to tackle climate change. With almost universal membership, COP plays a crucial role in shaping global climate policies and actions.


COP28 UAE, scheduled from November 30 to December 12, 2023, at Expo City, Dubai, marks a pivotal moment in global climate action. Divided into two zones — the Blue Zone for formal negotiations and the Green Zone for diverse voices — it offers a platform for governments, industries, and society at large to unite around tangible climate action and deliver realistic solutions.

The Blue Zone, managed by UNFCCC, hosts formal negotiations and official side events. Meanwhile, the Green Zone, under the COP28 UAE Presidency, amplifies the voices of non-accredited delegates, including youth groups, civil society, and the private sector. It's a space for dialogue, awareness, and showcasing innovative climate solutions.


COP28 UAE is a response to the world's demand for a new way forward. It marks the beginning of a seven-year "Action Era," aiming to turn promises into reality. Under the theme 'Today for Tomorrow,' the conference aligns with the UAE's 'Year of Sustainability,' reflecting the legacy of its Founding President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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