COP28 Dubai UAE, With Focus on Tourism Related Side Events

一    Tiffany McGrath
|    November 24, 2023

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COP28 Dubai UAE

Get ready for COP28 in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023, at Expo City Dubai. This crucial international event under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change addresses climate challenges.

This central hub for action, open to diverse sectors and the public for two weeks, aims to turn collective efforts into tangible climate outcomes. With a focus on accelerating the energy transition and advancing Sustainable Development Goals, COP28’s mission is to translate insights and ideas into meaningful impact. Expo City Dubai will host dedicated hubs for learning, collaboration, and skill development, offering opportunities for individuals to contribute to climate solutions.

Key Points:

  • COP28 is the 28th edition of a vital international conference addressing climate change.
  • Scheduled in Dubai, it aims to evaluate progress since COP21 Paris and reinforce global commitments.
  • Involving leaders, policymakers, scientists, and stakeholders, COP28 provides a platform to showcase efforts in reducing emissions and promoting sustainability.
  • The outcomes will significantly impact global climate policy, cooperation, and resource allocation for climate action.

Major Aspects:

  • COP events include plenary sessions, negotiations, side events, workshops, and a Climate Action Hub.
  • COP28 focuses on fostering cooperation, strengthening commitments, and accelerating the Paris Agreement’s implementation.
  • Attendees can access Blue or Green Zones based on their roles, requiring registration through UNFCCC’s website. Register Here for Green Zone Passes
  • Networking opportunities exist with government delegates, climate experts, NGOs, private sector representatives, and youth activists.

Attendees play a crucial role in promoting sustainability by actively participating, raising awareness, supporting climate solutions, advocating for ambition, collaborating, and engaging locally.

COP28 in Dubai is a pivotal event, offering a unique opportunity to address climate change and promote sustainability. Participant contributions will be instrumental in shaping a more sustainable and resilient future.


We have selected a few events that are specifically focused on tourism that may be of interest.

1. Tourism United for Climate Action – Delivering on the Commitments of the Glasgow Declaration

Brought to you by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Date: Tuesday, 05 Dec 2023
  • Time: 11:30 to 13:00, UAE Time
  • Location: Blue Room, SE Room 8

Policy makers and private sector representatives will discuss the implementation of the Glasgow Declaration, including the integration of climate action in tourism policies, tourism in NDCs, emissions measurement and reduction, regenerative approaches and innovative financing.

The event will be livestreamed and accessed via the link 

Speakers: Mr. Crispin D’Auvergne, Programme Director, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Ms. Gloria Fluxà, Vice-Chairman & Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group and Vice-Chair of World Travel and Tourism Council, Ms. Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications, Radisson Hotel Group, Ms. Brune Poirson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Accor – tbc, Mr. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Mr. Frederic Degret, CEO, NOAH ReGen

2. Green Finance for Built Enviornment

Panelists will discuss the role of green finance in creating a more sustainable built environment. They will review the latest trends in green finance, the challenges and opportunities for the built environment sector, and how we can work together to make green finance more accessible.

  • Date: Wednesday, 06 Dec 2023
  • Time: 12:30 to 14:00, UAE Time
  • Location: Green Zone, Climate Finance Hub, Presidency Stage

Speakers: Abdullatif Albitawi, Director, EmiratesGBC; Vijay Bains, CSO and Group Head of ESG, Emirates NBD; Naveen Raza, Net Zero Transition & Partnerships, HSBC; David Chollet, Partner, Accuracy; Joyce Honeine, Acting Director, Demand Side Management PMO, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

To register for the event click here

3. Results of the National action at scale trial to reduce Food Loss and Waste (FLW) in the Hospitality Sector

This unique case study on mobilizing the entire hospitality sector demonstrates collaborative effort to scale up the impact of reducing food loss and waste by using simple behavioural change nudges.

  • Date: Friday, 08 Dec 2023
  • Time: 13:45 to 14:30, UAE Time
  • Location: Green Zone, Expo City Pavillion

Reservation link:

4. Catalysing Skills Potential for a Green Economy in Africa and the Global South
Brought to you, by The Federation for Associations Connected to the International Humana People to People Movement (FAIHPP) and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

  • Date: Saturday, 09 Dec 2023
  • Time: 13:15—14:45, UAE Time
  • Location: Blue Zone, SE Room 6
The event will be livestreamed and accessed via the link 

This multi-stakeholder session will explore the role of vocational education and skills in climate action, particularly in Africa and the Global South. The event will include case studies from the tourism sector which will serve as practical examples.

Speakers: Mohammed Belhocine, AU Commissioner; Gunther Beger, Managing Director, UNIDO; Government of Zimbabwe; Government of Namibia; Dirk Glaesser, Director, UNWTO; Marie Hoffmann, GIZ; WESSA South Africa; Daniel Schaffer, CEO, FEE; Ruth Makumbe, Program Director, HPP.

5. Glasgow Declaration Exhibition of Solutions 

Over 2 days (10th and 11th December from 10:00 – 17:00hrs GST Dubai Time), the Glasgow Declaration exhibit will showcase solutions from its signatories to address the five pathways of the Glasgow Declaration: Measure, Decarbonize, Regenerate, Collaborate and Finance.

Read more for  information to the event.

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