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29/11/2023NewsEarth Commission News

Bringing Science to COP28 for Just World on a Safe Planet

Science must be at the heart of COP28 climate negotiations, and Earth Commissioners will be at the Conference working to make it so. 

The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, (COP28) is the world’s highest decision-making body on climate issues. From 30 November to 12 December, delegates from across the world will meet to negotiate and agree on action needed to tackle mounting environmental change. 

COP28 will feature the first Global Stocktake, an assessment of the progress made towards mitigating global warming levels since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, and a legally binding disclosure clause for parties. Right now, existing commitments point to a projected 2.7° warming, which evidence shows would be disastrous for people and planet. 

Science must be at the heart of COP28 climate negotiations, and Earth Commissioners will be at the Conference working to make it so. 

Below is a calendar of events that we are either hosting or contributing to:

Join us on site, or follow remotely via livestreams when available. This page will be constantly updated as the conference occurs.


Date: Saturday 2 December

Time: 10:00-11:15 local time

Title: Positive tipping points – how to bridge the gap between solutions and climate negotiations

Location: Swedish Pavilion, Blue Zone

Speakers: Dr. David Obura, Commissioner of the Earth Commission, Director Cordio East Africa and Chair, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Founder and CEO of the Council of Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW); Lena Hök, Executive VP Sustainability and Innovation at Skanska; Jonas Otterheim, Head of Climate Action at Volvo Cars; Bella Tonkonogy, Director at Climate Policy Initiative.


Date: Monday 4 December

Time: 12:30-13:30 local time

Title: Earth System Boundaries for a Just World on a Safe Planet (Meet and Greet)

Location: GCA Pavilion, Blue Zone

Speakers: Wendy Broadgate, Executive Director of the Earth Commission; Prof. Johan Rockström, co-Chair of the Earth Commission and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Prof. Fatima Denton, incoming co-Chair of the Earth Commission and Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa; Dr. Laura Pereira, Associate Professor of the Global Change institute at the University of Witwatersrand; Prof. Maria Neira, Director Department of Public Health at the Environment and Social Determinants of Health,  World Health Organization; Wendy Broadgate, Executive Director of the Earth Commission; Prof. Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Environment and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment; Jane Madgwick, Executive Director at the Global Commons Alliance.


Date: Tuesday 5 December

Time: 14:00-15:30 local time

Title: Planetary Health as a policy frame to rewire our world for well-being

Location: Malaysia Pavilion, Blue Zone

Speakers: Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Executive Director at the Sunway Centre for Planetary Health; Aditi Thorat, Director of Fundraising at the Global Commons Alliance; Dr. Maria Neira, Director Department of Public Health at the Environment and Social Determinants of Health,  World Health Organization; Wendy Broadgate, Executive Director of the Earth Commission; Prof. Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Environment and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment; Dr Courtney Howard, Clinical Associate Director at the University of Calgary, Vice-Chair at the Global Climate and Health Alliance and Head of Mission for the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE); Dr. Musonda Mumba, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Jane Madgwick, Executive Director at the Global Commons Alliance; Ushar Nadiele, Malaysian environmental journalist (Moderator).


Date: Wednesday 6 December

Time: *UPDATED* 13:00-13:45 local time

Title: Tipping points – latest science and why they matter

Location: ESA Pavilion, Blue Zone

Speakers: Prof. Tim Lenton, Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter; Ricarda Winkelmann, Professor of Climate System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Gabi Hegerl, professor in Climate System Science at the School of Geosciences of the University of Edinburgh; Thomas Stocker, Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern and President of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research; Wendy Broadgate, Executive Director of the Earth Commission (Moderator).


Earth Commission Adjacent Events

Date: Wednesday 6 December

Time: 10:00-11:00 local time

Title: Global Tipping Points Report Press Conference

Location: UNFCCC Press Room, Blue Zone


Date: Wednesday 6 December

Time: 17:00-18:30 local time

Title: Later Is Too Late: Tipping the Balance from Negative to Positive

Location: Al Hur Stage, Action Arena 1, Global Climate Action Area, Blue Zone


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Photograph by Lina Kivaka.