The 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December 2023.
As an accredited organisation, the ACU is sending a delegation to COP28, and will be co-hosting and participating in a series of side events, roundtables and events together with our partners and members.
Throughout COP28 the ACU will be showcasing the vital role that universities play in delivering climate action and emphasising their readiness to support the realisation of the COP commitments.
Please note the events below will require Blue Zone access
Empowering Equitable North-South University Collaborations: Unpacking the Education Sector's Role in Climate Action for a Sustainable Future – 4 December 9:30-10:45 GST (UTC+4)
The ACU is co-hosting this official side event in the Blue Zone together with YOUNGO - the official youth constituency at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Universities play a key role in addressing the challenge of climate change – not just through research and education, but also through the facilitation of knowledge exchange and action-orientated collaboration with business, civil society, and the public sector. In doing so universities help create the conditions to increase ambition and accelerate implementation.
Radical collaboration between global north and global south universities amplifies this impact, helping increase capacity, leverage resources, share knowledge and best practice, and increase understanding of local and regional context.
The panel will explore the opportunities provided by North-South university collaboration on climate change, as well as some of the challenges and potential pitfalls - including issues around equitability, fairness and protection of knowledge and innovation.
Association of Commonwealth Universities (also Moderator)
Dr Daniel Otieno, University of Kenyatta
Yoko Lu, Youth Expert, YOUNGO
Prof Mizan Khan (TBC), Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change South and ICCCAD
Dr Shehnaaz Moosa, Director, South South North
- ComSec Pavillion, Blue Zone
Commonwealth Intergenerational Dialogue – 8 December 14:30-16:00 GST (UTC+4)
This event has been co-designed by the ACU, the Commonwealth Youth team, Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN), Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition (CSET) Youth and CW Ocean Youth Working Group (OYWG) as a platform for fostering dialogue between young climate leaders across the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth leadership spearheaded by the Commonwealth Secretary General.
- ComSec Pavilion, Blue Zone
UNFCCC side event: Fostering youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation for climate-resilient communities – 9 December 16:45-18:15 GST (UTC+4)
The ACU is co-organising and moderating this official side event exploring the role of educators, institutions and policymakers in scaling youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation for achieving the SDGs. Climate action through skills development and lifelong learning, access to finance and mentorship, academic partnerships, technology and innovation, and policy frameworks will be considered.
- Martin Masiya, CSET Youth
- Dr Nfamara K Dampha, University of Minnesota
- Laura Rodriguez Salgado, World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
- Durreshawar Mahmood, Commonwealth Scholarships Alumnus
- Annabel Boud, ACU
- SE Room 2
- Open to anyone that has Blue Zone access
Event partners: The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), University of Minnesota, Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition (CSET) Youth and Scouts