The next Council of the Parties (COP 28) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in the United Arab Emirates between 30 November and 12 December 2023. As the conference numbering suggests, this is the 28th meeting of representatives from countries around the world yet with climate change now measurably underway, how effect have the previous 27 meetings been ? And will the 28th meeting achieve more substantial progress than its predecessors ?
With a conference theme and buzzword being "actionism", the Conference promises that the first global stocktake of the implementation of the Paris Agreement will conclude at COP28 with the aim of assessing the world's collective progress towards achieving its climate goals. It may be a disappointing exercise given current global environment trends.