The 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – or the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 – will take place from 30 November to 12 December 2023, at Expo City Dubai, UAE.

The LDC Group will host a pavilion at COP28, which is located in Zone B6, Building 86. The schedule of events, which continues to be updated, can be found below. Please note that all times are in GMT +4 (GST).

Please contact ldcchair.media@gmail.com for any queries relating to the pavilion space. The overview schedule (table) can be viewed here.

Thursday 30 November

18:00 Remembering Saleemul Huq

The LDC Group invites friends, colleagues, and the  climate change community to join us in a special memorial event for Dr. Saleemul Huq (2 October 1952 – 28 October 2023). 

Saleem was not only a valued colleague but also a visionary leader, whose contributions led to the establishment of the LDC Group. His dedication and passion for climate justice led to much needed progress in adaptation and loss and damage. He has left a lasting imprint on our hearts and our work. 

This memorial event offers an opportunity to honour Saleem’s remarkable legacy. 

Opening remarks by the LDC Chair will be followed by a Moment of Silence and then further tributes and personal recollections invited. 

Saturday 2 December

14:00 – 15:00 Growing Climate Ambition and Development Cooperation between LDCs & the International Community (LIFE-AR)

This event will see strengthened partnership between the LDCs and the international community to address climate change, with Canada, Norway and other development partners expected to announce pledges of support to the LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) and sign up to the Partnership Compact committing to delivery of a shared LDC 2050 Vision. The LDC Group will also announce the second cohort of ‘Front Runner Countries’ to sign up to the Partnership Compact.

Sunday 3 December

10:00 – 11:30 Empowering the Vulnerable: Evaluating Locally Led Adaptation for Climate Finance Accountability in the Least Developed Countries and the Global South (IIED)

A learning event for evaluating the impact of locally led adaptation efforts in the context of climate finance accountability. We will share insights and learnings of evaluating the locally led adaptation (LLA) principles, now endorsed by over 100+ stakeholders. This gathering brings together experts, policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders from around the world to share learnings on different approaches that can better evaluate LLA and hold climate finance providers to account. 

Key Highlights:

  • Learning from different regional contexts: We bring together case studies where LLA has been evaluated in different countries and regions across the globe including South Asia, Latin America and South East Asia. 
  • Perspectives from Least Developed Countries/Global South: Hear directly from representatives of LDCs, sharing their experiences, successes, and lessons learned on how to hold international climate providers accountable and design national systems to monitor LLA. 
  • Building Partnerships for Impact: Connect with a diverse network of stakeholders, including government officials, NGOs, researchers, and climate finance providers. Partake in interactive sessions to design better approaches for monitoring process towards LLA

12:30 – 13:45 Unlocking Climate Finance for Resilience Building in Africa: Opportunities for accessing finance through innovation within the Framework of COP28 (The World Bank Africa II Group and the ARC) 

Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. The World Bank Africa II Group and the African Risk Capacity (ARC), in partnership with others, aim to explore and discuss innovative ways to access climate finance, especially to address adaptation and resilience and loss and damage in the African Context. ARC, a specialized agency of the African Union, has been pioneering parametric insurance solutions to provide quick and predictable funding to African countries in the event of climate-related disasters. This side event will highlight the innovative approaches and opportunities available for African nations to access climate finance for resilience building. 

This side event at COP 28 will provide a platform for African nations, financial institutions, and climate experts to collaborate and explore new opportunities for unlocking climate finance to build resilience and address loss and damage in Africa. It aims to promote innovative solutions and partnerships that can lead to sustainable and effective climate resilience across the continent.

Monday 4 December

11:00-12:30 What works in adaptation finance delivery? Evidence review of effective adaptation finance for LDCs and SIDS (IIED)

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Champions Group on Adaptation Finance (CGAF) jointly undertook a mapping exercise on adaptation finance to understand what high quality adaptation finance delivery can look like. 

This event will share case studies of good practices, explore lessons learned, and seek to gather additional inputs from participants that can feed into the ongoing work towards  a shared vision for a better adaptation finance architecture that ensures delivery and access. 

14:00-15:50 Women and Youth as catalysts for climate action in LDCs and beyond (UNIDO & LDC Group)

The impacts of climate change are further exacerbating existing gender inequalities. In many LDCs, women are emerging as the key drivers of change. Despite this,  at COP26 only 37% of national delegates were women and they accounted for only 29% of total speaking time in plenaries (UNFCCC). Similarly, the proportion of women heads of delegations has remained at just 20% for the last decade (WEDO). While inequalities persist and women tend to be more vulnerable to climate change impacts, they are also key agents of change, catalyzing decisions made on climate change mitigation and adaptation into effective actions that benefit all.  

At the same time,  a growing movement of young activists and students emerging as powerful voices on the global stage, united in their call for governments and businesses to take action to ensure a just, equitable and sustainable future for all. It is vital that youth are supported and empowered to shape climate agendas and drive change, ensuring their voices are heard at the global stage. 

This event is an opportunity to highlight the significant contributions women and youth make as policy makers and in decision making roles on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

16:00-18:00 LIFE-AR Flagship Event & Networking Reception

High-level event to reflect on opportunities and challenges of LIFE-AR, and drive further ambition and action on locally-led delivery of climate finance in LDCs. The event will last one hour, to include remarks from keynote speakers followed by a panel discussion on ‘Building capacity for adaptation and resilience: LIFE-AR and meeting the goal of at least 70% of local delivery of climate finance in LDCs’. The event will be followed by a one hour reception to allow time for engagement and building connections.

Tuesday 5 December

13:00 – 14:30 Ministers call for simplified and consistent access to climate finance with 25-signature declaration (LoCAL)

The Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) Facility, designed and managed by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), aims to promote green and climate-resilient communities and local economies by establishing a standard, internationally recognised country-based mechanism to channel climate finance to local authorities for its effective use. 

At this high-level event, H.E. Mr Alioune Ndoye, Senegal’s Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, will become the 25th Minister to sign a Declaration calling for simplified and consistent access to climate finance. 

15:00-16:00 How can LDCs leapfrog to energy systems that enable genuine development and just transitions? (LDC-REEEI)

This event will show how the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI) can promote a climate, energy and development vision across sectors and issues through its comprehensive framework and action plan. It will discuss how the recent report Just Transition: A Climate, Energy and Development Vision for Africa – written by members of the LDC REEEI secretariat – applies to the LDC context, and how the initiative can foster innovative South-South collaboration. 

16:00-17:00 Electrification of cooking for energy access and well-being for all in LDCs (LDC-REEEI)

This second part of the LDC-REEEI event will focus on one of the key priority areas of particular relevance for LDCs: Access to clean and healthy cooking. It will explore the potential for leapfrogging to electrification of cooking and outline the work that is being initiated to drive an LDC-owned and LDC-specific agenda to develop such approaches in ways that truly work for LDCs.

Background: 

The LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI) is and LDC–initiated, LDC-owned and LDC-driven overarching framework to accelerate the harnessing of the renewable energy potential across least developed countries (LDCs) and to promote energy efficiency.

Under the mandate of LDC Ministers, the initiative aims to support LDCs to achieve their development aspirations by addressing three overarching goals:

  • 100% access to sufficient, affordable, modern and renewable energy by all citizens in LDCs by 2030;
  • 100% electricity from renewable energy sources in all LDCs by 2050 that caters to all needs of their citizens, social services and industries; and
  • 100% utilization of energy efficiency potentials along the value chain through full implementation of best practice measures and planning by 2040.

Wednesday 6 December

14:30 – 15:45 Catalysing Climate Finance to Translate Climate Decisions into Action in the Least Developed Countries (UNIDO & LDC Group)

The Least Developed Countries Group on climate change aims to play a pivotal role in supporting its member countries’ access climate finance, to translate climate policy into actions at the national and regional levels. The LDC Group aims to support the creation of favourable environments for high potential, medium size climate and renewable energy projects, including grassroots projects, on entrepreneurship and resilient infrastructures in the LDCs. 

This panel discussion will provide an overview of the key role the LDC Group on Climate Change could play to support its members benefit from and access climate finance, to help translate global climate decisions into actions in their countries and regions. The discussions will demonstrate how the mobilization of seed funds would support the LDCs to advance the climate agenda, explore the challenges faced in accessing these funds and highlight opportunities available to create an enabling environment.

16:00 – 17:30 Bridging the gender gap in climate negotiations: research insights and recommendations (IIED, SAEDI & LDC Group)

The event will present the summary findings of research recently carried out on the barriers and constraints influencing women’s meaningful participation at UNFCCC negotiations.. The findings centre on the root causes and implications of low female representation at climate negotiations by LDCs. A panel discussion will follow, on possible paths to equality and parity at the climate negotiations, including immediate and long-term solutions to remove barriers and enhance women’s participation. The panel will illuminate ongoing efforts towards gender equality in LDCs, such as Sierra Leone, Mozambique, and Rwanda, exploring the strategic and practical changes that can positively impact on women’s participation and representation in the UNFCCC.

Sunday 10 December

10:00 – 11:00 What will it take to maintain the adaptation climate championship of Bangladesh?

Bangladesh has been on the list of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries for the past decade, despite contributing to less than 0.5% of global carbon emissions. Adaptation to the impacts of climate change is therefore a high priority for the government and communities. Through the experience of repeated devastating climatic events, the Government of Bangladesh, civil society organizations and the general population have developed a wealth of knowledge and practice in how to adapt to a changing environment and reduce risk. Hence, Bangladesh is recognized as a global leader in adaptation and resilience, together with disaster management.

However, the findings of Sixth Assessment Report of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) acknowledge the increased vulnerabilities of Bangladesh related to temperature increase, drought, flood, cyclones, sea level rise and rainfall variability. These vulnerabilities have a cascading impact on human lives which deteriorates their existing social and economic inequalities.

This event is designed to present a holistic scenario of the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh, its current policies and strategies to tackle the impacts, its current response mechanism and the way forward for maintaining the adaptation champion title in the South Asian regime.

Speakers:

  1. Dr A.K.M. Saiful Islam, Director, Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) 
  2. Afsara Binte Mirza, Research Officer, ICCCAD
  3. M. Hafijul Islam Khan, LDC Group negotiator on loss and damage and advisor to LDC Member on the Transitional Committee for the Loss and Damage Fund

Moderator: Prof Mizan R Khan, Deputy Director, ICCCAD

11:00 – 12:00 Enhancing Coastal Resilience through Nature Based Solutions in Bangladesh (BUET & ICCCAD)

Bangladesh is the 7th most vulnerable country in the world to risks of climate change.  The country has two thirds of its coastal areas with an elevation of less than three meters and experts predict that by 2050 rising sea levels will submerge 17 percent of Bangladesh’s territory and displace 20 million people. The annual economic costs of climate change impacts in Bangladesh could reach 2% of its GDP by 2050 and 9.4% by 2100. These costs come from direct losses such as damage to infrastructure, but also indirect consequences such as the loss of livelihoods and food production.  

Coastal Resilience in a Changing Climate highlighted the importance of embedding climate hazard data and scenarios into planning and design of public and private infrastructure investments in coastal regions in Bangladesh. While there might be high-resolution data on climate hazards and their infrastructure to nature-based and infrastructure assets and services, this information is usually limited to application at national level. As a result, national plans and policies do not necessarily reflect the needs or capacities of cities and regions to account for climate change in decision-making. There is a particular need to advance collection, storage, and analysis of climate data and to create knowledge sharing and training for practitioners to integrate this data planning processes and investment decision. 

This event, presented by the Institute of Water and Flood Management at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, will focus on the present challenges of climate resilience building and various approaches currently practiced considering nature-based solutions.

14:00 – 15:30 Africa and LDC Leadership for 100% Renewable Energy (LDC REEEI, Power Shift Africa, Institute for Sustainable Futures – UTS)

Presentation of three preliminary 100% renewable energy country scenarios for public consultation: Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya

Please join us for a side event at the LDC Pavilion where three 100% renewable energy country scenarios will be presented and discussed.

These scenarios were commissioned by Power Shift Africa as an in kind contribution and partnership with the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI), with the technical work carried through by Sven Teske’s research group at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney.

These preliminary studies on Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya intend to provide a basis for public consultation and further interaction and refinement.

The event will also reflect on how LDC REEEI can coordinate and catalyse learning and sharing of best practice across LDCs and other developing countries, including these kinds of long-term energy scenarios.

The LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI) is and LDC–initiated, LDC-owned and LDC-driven overarching framework to accelerate the harnessing of the renewable energy potential across least developed countries (LDCs) and to promote energy efficiency.

Under the mandate of LDC Ministers, the initiative aims to support LDCs to achieve their development aspirations by addressing three overarching goals:

  • 100% access to sufficient, affordable, modern and renewable energy by all citizens in LDCs by 2030;
  • 100% electricity from renewable energy sources in all LDCs by 2050 that caters to all needs of their citizens, social services and industries; and
  • 100% utilization of energy efficiency potentials along the value chain through full implementation of best practice measures and planning by 2040.

Monday 11 December

17:00 New Generation Event on Loss & Damage at COP28

The New Generation invites youth delegates to come and meet the LDC Group negotiations on loss and damage to discuss where we have got to at COP28, what the decisions mean, and what’s next for Loss and Damage Negotiations