Large event | 30 Nov, 2023

IUCN at UN Climate Change Conference COP28

From 30 November to 12 December 2023, IUCN will participate in the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

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COP28 marks an important milestone in global efforts to combat climate change. Among other things, it will witness the culmination of the first global stocktake of the Paris Agreement, which offers the international community a key opportunity to course correct and raise collective ambition to limit warming to 1.5°C. 

Guided by its position paper, IUCN will be actively engaged in various processes and spaces across the conference. It will particularly reinforce the interlinkages between the climate change and biodiversity loss crises, highlight the critical role of healthy ecosystems and nature-based solutions in climate mitigation and adaptation, and underscore the vital importance of inclusive and just climate policy and action.

IUCN will also host theUnite for Nature’ pavilion in the COP28 blue zone, which will provide a concrete platform to showcase the collective work of the Union.

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IUCN COP28 Technical Briefs

The IUCN COP28 technical papers have been prepared by experts from IUCN Commissions to provide a more in-depth perspective on key topics related to biodiversity and climate change.

Climate Change Issues Briefs

IUCN Issues Briefs provide an accessible overview of the often complex issues related to nature conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

IUCN climate change publications

IUCN engages on climate change from multiple perspectives, from assessing the risks that climate change poses, to advancing practical and inclusive nature-based solutions centred on the better conservation, management and restoration of the world’s ecosystems.


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COP28: IUCN welcomes recognition of nature and urges a fossil-fuel free future

IUCN recognises the decision taken by governments at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) to transition away from fossil fuels as a step forward. We continue to call for greater climate action and a clear phase-out of fossil fuels. This phase-out is imperative to prevent the worst impacts of runaway climate change, and to allow nature to play its full role in addressing the climate crisis.

Read the full statement 

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IUCN Pavilion at COP28

IUCN at COP28 detailed programme


The IUCN Nature Pavilion - “Unite for Nature” will host over 70 events during the two-week duration of the COP28.