UN-Habitat at COP28
UN-Habitat, the United Nations entity responsible for sustainable urbanization, actively engages in COP events from 30 November to 12 December 2023 to bring attention to the vital link between urbanization and climate change.
After engaging in regional climate discussions, UN-Habitat will co-host the Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change at COP28 on 6 December. It will also co-convene the Multilevel Action and Urbanization Pavilion in the Blue Zone – a UN-managed space where negotiations are hosted, and attendance credited by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat.
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COP28, officially the 28th Conference of the Parties, is the global event that convenes leaders, scientists, and activists to address climate change. With the world not on track to meet its climate goals, COP28 is a key moment for climate, and UN-Habitat's involvement underscores its commitment to building resilient and sustainable cities.
Cities are responsible for up to 70 per cent of global energy demand, making their role in both contributing to and mitigating climate change pivotal. UN-Habitat actively participates in COP28 to advocate for policies and initiatives that promote resilient and sustainable urban environments. This aligns with COP28’s priorities, including expediting the energy transition and reducing emissions before 2030, recognizing the essential role of urban areas in achieving these objectives.
By actively participating in COP28, UN-Habitat is facilitating collaborative efforts that will lead to greener and more inclusive cities, thereby making a substantial contribution to the global fight against climate change. The priorities of COP28 – such as transforming climate finance, prioritizing nature, people, lives and livelihoods in climate action, and striving for the most inclusive COP to date – underscore the pressing need for collective action to address the climate crisis and create a sustainable future for our cities and planet.