COP28 in Dubai is slated for November 30 to December 12, but the road to COP is well underway. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) defined the contours of the United Arab Emirates’ COP28 leadership team and how they will seek to manage the world’s signature climate gathering.
Our colleagues left Abu Dhabi with two key takeaways: first, COP28 will be a whole-of-nation and whole-of-year priority for the Emirates; and second, it is not too early for companies and organizations to engage.
The UAE has outlined four COP28 areas of focus.
- Mitigation – low carbon technologies;
- Adaptation – nature-based solutions;
- Finance – the growth and sustenance of climate finance; and
- Loss and Damage – operationalizing commitments made at COP27.
It’s not too early to start thinking about potential client presence at COP28. Companies are already sourcing space and hotels for their CEOs. The UAE COP28 team spent ADSW meeting with a variety of potential partners and sponsors including foundations, think tanks, civil society, international organizations and companies.
The Dubai Expo 2020 site of COP28 is a large complex with existing pavilions, mass transit access and close to downtown Dubai. It will be well-suited to host what is planned to be the largest and most inclusive COP ever. Civil society, business and governments will all be invited to have a presence.
The COP28 UAE team is finalizing their sponsorship guidelines and aims to release them in a few weeks. Official sponsorship is just one of many options available to clients – we can also create tailored COP28 strategies involving the sponsorship of selected pavilions inside the blue zone, official side events and more.
FGS Global has strong relationships with the COP28 organizing team and can help advise you on options for COP28 involvement and presence.
For more information, reach out to GlobalClimate@fgsglobal.com.