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Events at COP28

The Critical Role of Water in Achieving Global Climate Goals

Friday 1 December | 14:00 – 15:00 GST | Science for Climate Action Pavilion

This event will present the latest knowledge on the dependency of Paris Agreement targets on the sustainable management of water resources and share solutions for successfully implementing water and climate-related goals. Related policy implications will be discussed. Dr Cat Moody and Professor Joe Holden from water@leeds contributed to the analysis that was presented at the session. Watch the recording

Where is global warming in relation to the long-term temperature goal?

Friday 1 December | 16:15 – 17:45 GST | Science for Climate Action Pavilion

2023 saw temperature records tumble across the world. Professor Piers Forster chairs this event that will present the latest estimates of current global warming levels, explain the relationship of current warming to the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goal, examine how the goal is used in the negotiations, and discuss how the science is communicated. Watch the recording online.

Fossil fuel divestment at Universities

Saturday 2 December | 9:00-10:30 GST | Just North & Beyond: A Popup University, Thematic Area One (Blue zone), Pavilion number TA1-130

Professor Richard Beardsworth will be speaking at this event. More information.

Youth & Practitioners: Catalysts for Implementation of Science-Based Policy

Sunday 3 December | 11:30 – 13:00 GST | Side Event Room 6

This event will explore the critical aspects of climate policy implementation, with a particular emphasis on performance monitoring and verification. It will highlight innovative solutions that address the existing implementation gaps and showcase the transformative role of young engineers and industry practitioners. The event seeks to facilitate science-based policy adoption that is aligned with industry best practice by bringing together a panel of policymakers and engineering practitioners. Full information and registration (in person or online attendance). Rodrigo Juarez from the  School of Civil Engineering is part of the event organising team.

The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Monday 4 December | 15:00 – 16:30 | Green Zone, Expo City Dubai Pavilion, Terrace

Professor Lea Berrang Ford will speak at the event.

Health in the Climate Nexus: Strategies, Innovation and Policy Integration

Monday 4 December | 18:30 – 20:00

Professor Lea Berrang Ford will speak at the event.

Promoting Climate Action through Trade Law

Tuesday 5 December | 13:20 – 14:30 GST | Middlesex University Dubai

Professor Richard Beardsworth will join the expert panel. Part of the Climate Law & Governance Day 2023 Symposium.

Advancing Courage, Contributions and Compliance through Climate Law and Policy Solutions

Tuesday 5 December | 14:35 – 15:45 GST | Middlesex University Dubai

Susan Ann Samuel will join the roundtable. Part of the Climate Law & Governance Day 2023 Symposium.

Carbon capture and storage: towards long-term commercial deployment

Tuesday 5 December | 19:00 – 20:00 GST | IETA BusinessHub

To move beyond the first projects to broad deployment, CCS projects will need commercial models to make them profitable in a market-based approach. How can CCS be made commercially viable without subsidy so that it is deployed where and when needed for the long term? Join us to hear from our panel on the approaches that governments can take and how industry is working with governments to explore the options to drive long-term commercial deployment of CCS. Professor Piers Forster joins the panel. Register to attend.

Correcting Course to 1.5°C: Positive Tipping Points in the Transition to Net Zero

Thursday 7 December | 18:00 – 19:30 GST | OECD Virtual Pavilion

The concept of positive tipping points is gaining significant traction within the climate policy community, as solutions for accelerating the transition to net zero become ever more urgent. The concept is largely concerned with the dynamics and intervention points within systems that can catalyse the exponential growth of new emission-saving actions and innovations. While reinforcing feedbacks within technological and economic systems (e.g. learning curves, economies of scale and R&D spillovers) are well-researched, others within social and political systems are less well understood in the context of mitigation, but could also play a seismic role in propelling the net zero transition. Dr Viktoria Spaiser, co-author of the Global Tipping Points report, joins the panel. Watch the recording.

Industrial Decarbonisation: International pathways to net zero industries

Friday 8 December | Heriot-Watt University Climate Hub, Dubai

Two workshops for academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to address the most pressing global barriers to decarbonising industry to accelerate our collective transition to net zero. 10.00-12.30: Technology Innovation to and from Emerging Economies: Deep Decarbonisation of Industry. 14.00-16.30: Place-Based Collaboration for Industrial Decarbonisation: Sharing International Experience. Dr Imogen Rattle from the University of Leeds will present as part of the second session.  In person only. Full information.

Partnerships that mobilize investments for climate-resilient food systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions

Friday 8 December | 18:30 – 19:30 GST | Food and Agriculture Pavilion

CGIAR and the World Food Programme (WFP) will launch a new partnership that will support food systems innovators in fragile contexts (Nigeria, Mozambique, Yemen, Jordan) through science-driven entrepreneurship support and invite public and private stakeholders to collaborate, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Hauke Dahl will be presenting as part of the panel. Watch the recording.

Teaching Climate Law and the Clean Energy Transition

Saturday 9 December | 10:30 GST | Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) Pavilion

In this side-event, leading academics from around the world to discuss how to best teach climate law to future leaders in law and policy and shape a new LLM programme on climate law and governance for the MENA region. Susan Ann Samuel will be a moderator at this event.

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems as game changers for sustainability and resilience

Saturday 9 December | 17:50-18:50 GST | Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion

This event will offer a review of the recent evidence available that has been put forward by the Global-Hub, in favour of the preservation and the strengthening of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems worldwide. Professor James Ford will be speaking. Watch the livestream.

Perspectives on the Role of Universities in the UNFCCC

Sunday 10 December | 13:00 – 14:30 GST | Michigan Tech Pavilion (JUST NORTH & Beyond) B7, Building 90

There has been significant growth in participation of universities at UNFCCC events, specifically the COPs, bringing new perspectives from students and researchers across all disciplines. This panel discussion explores the opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges of university involvement in the UNFCCC. Perspectives from communities inside and outside of academia come together to envision the contribution of universities to UNFCCC activities. Professor Richard Beardsworth will join the expert panel.

Climate-smart solutions for informed climate-resilient policies and investments in Zambia

Monday 11 December | 15:00 – 16:30 GST | Side Event Room 6

This session, co-hosted by the University of Leeds and ClimBeR,  will highlight how CGIAR science is helping policymakers in Zambia to make informed decisions to build climate resilience locally. The session will feature examples of policymakers using innovations such as the Zambia Drought Management System; Early Warning, Early Action, and Early Finance platform; integrated Future Estimator for Emissions and Diets, and the Climate Security Observatory to inform adaptation policies and ultimately enhance resilience to droughts, floods, and other climate impacts. Watch the recording.