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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)



Read CISL’s COP28 Event Programme

Read CISL's COP28 Briefing

CISL's COP28 Week one: An unmissable opportunity

CISL's COP28 Week two: A coalition of the hopeful



What is COP28?

In November 2023, the UAE will be hosting the 28th annual session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, or “COP28”, in Dubai, with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition.​

At the summit, delegates including heads of state, climate experts and negotiators will come together to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change – key negotiations will focus on building momentum on the progress made at COP27.​

As well as the negotiations, there will also be space for countries, international organisations and other delegates to showcase climate action, highlight diverse climate change issues and share knowledge.​


Why is COP28 important?

COP28 marks the conclusion of the first global stocktake (GST), the main mechanism through which progress under the Paris Agreement is assessed. The world is not on track to meeting the agreement’s goals, but it is hoped that governments at COP28 will come up with a roadmap to accelerate climate action.

Negotiators at COP28 are also tasked with kickstarting the loss and damage fund (established at COP27) and agreeing on a framework for the Paris Agreement’s global goal on adaptation (GGA). Other areas of importance include energy transition, food systems transformation and climate


CISL's 8 asks

We want to:

Ask 1:

Phase out fossil fuels

Ask 2:

Take urgent 1.5-aligned action

Ask 3:

Consider nature and climate together in all decisions


Ask 4:

Agree an ambitious and detailed global goal on adaptation

Ask 5:

Scale up private finance for emerging markets and developing economies (EMDES)

Ask 6:

Include risk-sharing mechanisms to operationalise the Loss & Damage fund




Ask 7:

Placing people at the centre of decision making

Ask 8:

Scaling up innovation alongside other measures


Read the COP28 Briefing

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Achieving Zero

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Visit the COP28 Hub

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Read CISL's response to COP27

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The Corporate Leaders Groups at COP27



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COP27 thought leadership from Clare Shine

COP27: Here’s how to unlock Africa’s low-carbon future

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How private investors can help combat climate change

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