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From November 30 to December 12, 2023, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Dubai.

The COP28 Presidency is pleased to share preliminary information on the first set of events planned for the thematic program at COP28 across the two weeks of the conference. The events are a product of guidance from a diverse set of stakeholders on the outcomes they would like to see under each thematic day, also reflecting inputs from the open consultation process earlier this year.

This draft program will be supplemented with additional events in several tranches over the coming months, including mandated events under the UNFCCC process. As the Presidency is looking into maximizing synergies, some event topics may change or be merged.

The COP28 thematic program is designed to unite a diverse range of stakeholders - all levels of governments, youth, business and investors, civil society, frontline communities, indigenous peoples, and others - around specific solutions that must be scaled up this decade to limit warming to 1.5 degrees, build resilience, and mobilize finance at scale. This set of solutions constitutes the response to the Global Stocktake, looking at where the world stands on climate action and support, identifying the gaps, and working together to agree on solutions pathways to 2030 and beyond.

The Presidency together with the High-Level Champions, with the support from the Marrakech Partnership, and the UNFCCC secretariat aim to provide an integrated thematic program this year. It will notably be framed by the vision of the COP28 Presidency described in its letter to the Parties, and take into account the Climate Action Pathways, the Breakthrough Agenda, and the Sharm El Sheikh Adaptation Agenda , in order to drive the systemic transformations needed in every thematic area to fulfill the Paris Agreement.

The High-Level Champions and the UNFCCC secretariat will be soon announcing the Marrakech Partnership and the Global Climate Action program for COP 28, which will be part of this full two-week thematic program.