EIT Climate-KIC at COP28: daily updates

EIT Climate-KIC is at COP28 in Dubai, UAE, to talk about how we support city, regional and national leaders to bridge the gap between climate goals commitments and current reality. We are regularly publishing updates from our delegation on the ground on this page.




Day 4: Monday, 4th December, 2023

While COP negotiators from all over the world are trying to agree on a few important texts such as the Global Stocktake and the Goal on Adaptation, side events on all sorts of topics continue to be held around the Expo in Dubai. On day 4, we had an inspiring session at the Climate Action Innovation Zone about the role of innovation in tailoring adaptation strategies to specific local needs. We heard from funders and grassroots entrepreneurs who are working to ensure climate finances are deployed effectively.

In the afternoon, we convened for an engaging session on pioneering innovative approaches to collaboration within philanthropic funding and implementation strategies. Participants representing philanthropies, foundations, and implementation organisations shared insights into the challenges hindering collaborative efforts. They delved into issues such as competition for funding, the stringent due diligence procedures mandated by investment committees, and the legal constraints that often impede collaboration. Additionally, they highlighted individual organisational needs. One participant emphasised the importance of recognising the interconnected nature of our respective organisational initiatives. Another participant articulated a desire to shift focus from fundraising to on-the-ground implementation, stating, “We need to stop fundraising, we want to do the actual work on the ground”. The session provided a platform for diverse perspectives and a collective commitment to addressing these challenges, paving the way for more effective collaboration and impactful work.


Day 3: Sunday 3rd December, 2023

Over the weekend, 123 countries signed the ‘COP28 UAE Declaration on Climate and Health’ to accelerate actions to protect people’s health from growing climate impacts. It includes building more climate-resilient health systems and increasing finance for climate and health solutions. You can read all about it here.

118 countries (and counting) also pledged to triple global renewable energy capacity to at least 11,000 GW by 2030. The countries’ leaders also agreed to double the annual global average rate of energy efficiency improvements from 2% to more than 4% every year until 2030. More on this here.

At EIT Climate-KIC, we have been busy participating and listening to many sessions including on climate finance, global-north collaboration, and catalysing climate adaptation and resilience innovation in Africa. We have heard a lot of talks about the need to leverage private markets to support public initiatives, especially around climate adaptation and resilience.

One of the highlight of the day was the participative session we hosted at the Resilience Frontiers Hub around climate narratives, where we practised listening in small groups and talked about how to use our own story to better tell what we do in our organisations.


Day 2: Saturday 2nd December, 2023

On the second day of COP28, more than 130 countries signed up to the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action. This is the first time that world leaders promise to tackle the significant impact that food and agriculture have on climate change. Countries that have signed up represent 5.7 billion people and are responsible for 75% of all emissions from global food production and consumption. From now on, they pledged to include food emissions in their plans to tackle climate change, also known as Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs). More on this here.

If you’re interested in this topic, we’ll have a session on Sunday, 10th December from 11:30 to 12:00 GST about the challenges in the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices at the Spanish Pavilion with our Director of Sustainable Land Use, Daniel Zimmer. More information on this here.

Now, today was another busy day for the EIT Climate-KIC delegation. One of the highlights was our session about the development of resilient and livable cities, where panellists exchanged ideas and experiences on how to make cities’ decision-making processes truly inclusive for all. They emphasised the necessity to build strong alliances to implement policies that have a real positive impact on communities. You can watch the session here.


Day 1: Friday 1st December, 2023

COP28 started with a standing ovation from delegates, as parties agreed on the creation and structure of the “loss and damage” fund, which will source money from developed countries to help pay for climate damage in developing ones. It’s the first time that the world has a system in place for climate reparations. You can read more about it here.

In the meantime, the EIT Climate-KIC delegation started to arrive in Dubai. We are organising and participating in a couple of dozen panels (our full programme is here) and on Friday, we had our first on-site panel at the Global Innovation Hub Pavilion. Speakers discussed our relationship to property and property ownership, the need to shift to nature-based leadership and nature-based education principles, and much more.