With devastating wildfires, unprecedented flooding, and record-smashing levels of heat, the world is seeing a significant rise in extreme weather events—and some experts warn the trend may be the “new normal.” Against that backdrop, policymakers, officials, civil-society leaders, and activists are gathering in the hopes of forging a decisive global response to the climate crisis. Will countries react quickly enough with policies to limit rising temperatures and help people adapt to the new normal? And will developing countries receive the attention they deserve at COP28? Our experts are on the case in Dubai.

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Live analysis

New Atlanticist

Nov 30, 2023

Expert analysis: The successes and shortcomings in the fight against climate change at COP28

By Atlantic Council experts

Our experts dispatched to Dubai, where they analyzed how global leaders responded to the greatest challenges posed by climate change.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions

Featured events

Upcoming events

December 2 – December 12, 2023

The Global Energy Center co-hosts the Global Decarbonization Accelerator (GDA) Connect space featuring panel discussions on accelerating pathways to net-zero, interviews, networking, and more.

Featured from across the Council

Global Energy Center

The Global Energy Center (GEC) will deploy its convening power and vision for climate action and energy innovations on the ground in Dubai to engage in dialogue; host its flagship event, the Global Energy Forum; and provide timely commentary and analysis on developments and outcomes at the climate conference.

Global Energy Forum at COP28

The eighth Global Energy Forum was held in Dubai on December 5 and 7 as energy and climate decision makers converged for COP28.

Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

Arsht-Rock will put adaptation, finance, and policy solutions for climate resilience at the heart of every discussion and agenda at COP28. Our team will elevate this urgent issue and showcase the innovative solutions that are already protecting lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate-driven extreme heat.

Middle East Programs

empowerME Initiative

The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative will be hosting two sessions live, on the ground during COP28, titled: Unleashing the Green Energy Potential in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The first session will discuss the policy and regulatory framework to promote the green energy sector, and the second will discuss enabling green energy potential in the region through finance and innovation. In addition, we will be providing daily live updates on the developments in COP28 in the blue and green zone, with a focus on the global south and the MENA region.

empowerME climate profiles

With COP28 being held in December of 2023 in the United Arab Emirates, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative will be highlighting the dire climate situation for differing nations in the Middle East and North Africa region through our “Climate Profiles” series.

Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative

The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative and TRENDS Research and Advisory in the United Arab Emirates are partnering for their 3rd annual conference on “Sustainable Security in the Middle East,” focusing this year on “the Soft and Hard Implications of Climate Action.” The two-day conference will take place in the Green Zone at COP28 during the afternoons of the 4th and 5th of December.

Atlantic Council in Turkey

The Atlantic Council IN TURKEY & Turkey Programs is hosting a joint event on December 9 with Trends Research and Advisory, a UAE based think tank to launch a report on cooperation between the Turkey and the GCC towards the clean energy transition in line with the Atlantic Council’s focus on leveraging regional cooperation to bolster clean energy. Turkey and the GCC share many synergies in the energy sector and unlocking the mutually beneficial areas of cooperation can play a vital role in addressing the challenge of climate change to the region.

Africa Center

The Africa Center will place African solutions at the forefront of the global discussion taking place at COP28. Featuring a report launch on the potential impact of Green Banking Ecosystems, the Africa Center will convene a Green Zone event series highlighting the need for a renewed climate finance architecture that takes African realities into account. The Center will also take a comprehensive look at the role that Island nations play in connecting the continent to the rest of the globe, and their global leadership in combating climate change.

GeoTech Center

The GeoTech Center will emphasize space-based capabilities contribution to climate science and sustainability research at COP28. A Blue Zone panel discussion will explore how space assets and their data can meaningfully progress critical climate research, including the role of international bodies in maximizing the impact of these efforts.

All publications

EnergySource

Dec 15, 2023

COP28’s legacy will be measured by emissions reduction, not ‘historic’ text

By Landon Derentz

The COP28 final declaration is transformational in its reflections on fossil energy’s role in climate change. The conference’s real legacy, however, will be the efforts undertaken to foster the inclusive platform necessary to promote private and public actions and reduce global emissions.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Global Energy Agenda

Dec 5, 2023

A new generation of nuclear reactors is poised to set the United States—and the world—on the path to net zero

By John Wagner

Over the next decade, more than a dozen advanced reactor concepts will be demonstrated in the United States. Ensuring the advancement of this nuclear energy will be critical to securing security, prosperity, and environmental sustainability for future generations.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions

Global Energy Agenda

Dec 5, 2023

A people-centric energy transformation

By H.E. Leila Benali

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and unprecedented levels of global debt, the world is taking on a triple planetary crisis: climate change, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss. To successfully tackle these crises, the world must embrace a holistic, just, and sustainable net-zero path.

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

New Atlanticist

Dec 1, 2023

Why India could play a pivotal role as climate mediator

By Rachel Rizzo, Théophile Pouget-Abadie

COP28 is a good opportunity for India to begin to flex its climate muscles on the world stage.

China Climate Change & Climate Action

New Atlanticist

Nov 30, 2023

Expert analysis: The successes and shortcomings in the fight against climate change at COP28

By Atlantic Council experts

Our experts dispatched to Dubai, where they analyzed how global leaders responded to the greatest challenges posed by climate change.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions
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