This is the first in a series of posts about COP 28 from CIPL supporter Amy Quirk, who is attending in Dubai.
Come, experience this environmental conference. Our faith communities can access various aspects of COP28 without traveling to Dubai. Some pathways are available now and more may open soon.
The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international climate summit. World leaders gather to collaborate on solutions to tackle climate change. There are now 198 Parties (197 countries plus the European Union) to the Convention, constituting near universal membership.
This year is the 28th Conference, hosted by the United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023 in Dubai.
You are welcome to attend as well. Here’s how.
Let’s begin with a depiction of the COP28 site in the Expo City district of Dubai. This visual may help you orient yourself.
The Blue Zone
The Blue Zone is open to accredited party and observer delegates. It hosts the formal negotiations across the two weeks of the conference.
Though members of the public, who are not accredited delegates, cannot attend the conference in person, many events in the Blue Zone, such as “the plenary sessions of the bodies, the high-level segment with heads of states, many press conferences and side events will be webcast live for the public on unfccc.int”
All events in the U.S. Center at COP28 pavilion within the Blue Zone will be live-streamed, recorded and posted for viewing later. View the schedule of events here.
And avail yourselves of live-streaming and recordings at the U.S. Center at COP28 here.
The Green Zone
The Green Zone is open to the ticketed public to explore climate innovations and technology, interactive exhibits, art, film screenings, and talks.
Within the Green Zone will be these interest-area hubs:
- Energy Transition Hub
- Knowledge Hub
- Climate Finance Hub
- Technology & Innovation Hub
- Startup Village
- Humanitarian Hub
- Youth Hub
- Greening Education Hub