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The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland has a delegation present at COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 - December 12, 2023. The Conference of Parties (COP) is a decision-making forum of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), bringing signatory governments together once a year to discuss and agree on how to jointly address climate change and its impacts. CGS will join world leaders, negotiators, climate policy researchers and scientists, international organizations, and the media to mobilize ideas and solutions for climate action.

CGS will bring our expertise to COP28 at a critical moment for global transformative climate action. Our attendees include Director Nate Hultman, Research Director Ryna Cui, Assistant Research Professor Mengye Zhu, Senior Manager of Strategic Engagement Shannon Kennedy, Assistant Research Professor Jiehong Lou, Assistant Research Scholar Zarrar Khan, and School of Public Policy Professor Anand Patwardhan. In addition to participating and hosting several events at COP28, CGS will also launch several new reports.


Sri Lankan Cloud Forest Restoration and its Biodiversity

Friday, December 1 | 15:00 - 16:30 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Anand Patwardhan

Location: Sri Lankan Pavilion, Blue Zone

Operationalizing the Loss and Damage Fund with Equity and Efficacy

Friday, December 1 | 16:45 - 18:15 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Anand Patwardhan

Location: SE Room 4

This event seeks to explore the various challenges involved in the establishment and operationalization of the loss and damage fund, from three different perspectives.

States and Regions: Driving Local Climate Action

Saturday, December 2 | 9:30 - 11:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Nate Hultman

Location: Local Climate Action Summit

Subnational climate leaders will discuss ​how to unlock greater regional climate ambitions, improve the flow of climate finance, and design effective multi-level partnerships.

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Circular Economy: A Path to Climate Solutions and Sustainable Development

Saturday, December 2 | 10:30 – 11:45 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Nate Hultman

Location: SDG Pavilion, Blue Zone

This event will explore how the circular economy can contribute to tackling the global climate crisis and other Sustainable Development Goals.

SCALE: Advancing Ambitious Multi-Level Climate Action​​​​​

Saturday, December 2 | 13:30 – 15:15 GST (GMT+4)

Location: Local Climate Action Summit, Al-Hur Arena

Organized by the Subnational Climate Action Leaders’ Exchange (SCALE), this session at the Local Climate Action Summit will highlight the benefits of multi-level action and launch SCALE's LOW Methane partnership.

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How an all-in climate strategy can improve health and socio-economic benefits

Sunday, December 3 | 11:30 – 12:30 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Ryna Cui

Location: All In Action Center, Panda Pavilion, Blue Zone

Help us launch the new America Is All In analysis examining how an all-in approach to climate action can achieve air quality benefits across the United States.

Walking-the-Talk for Action Oriented Adaptation Research

Sunday, December 3 | 14:30 - 15:30 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Anand Patwardhan

Location: UK Pavilion, Blue Zone

This event examines the importance of bringing together diverse actors from the ARA to shift the dial to accelerate evidence-based and locally-led action for climate resilience.

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Taking Stock of Progress: Race to Resilience in 2023

Sunday, December 3 | 16:30 - 17:35 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Anand Patwardhan

Location: Resilience Hub, Arena 1

This event aims to present the progress made by the Race to Resilience Campaign in 2023.

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Cold Dinner Meeting of Local Dual Carbon Construction Achievement Exchange Carbon Inclusion Commission of All-China Environment Federation

Monday, December 4 | 18:00 – 19:30 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Ryna Cui

Location: China Pavilion, Blue Zone

This event will gather stakeholders to discuss the dual-carbon construction results in several Chinese provinces and mechanisms for collaboration.

Bridging the gap between the ‘Fit for 55’ package and the 2050 ambition of a net-zero EU economy

Tuesday, December 5 | 15:00 – 16:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Ryna Cui

Location: Greek Pavilion, Blue Zone

Ryna Cui will moderate a panel discussion that will take a scientific aim at the European Union's challenges to achieving a net-zero economy by 2050.

Third Meeting of Energy Foundation China Advisory Roundtable on China’s Long-term Strategy for Low-GHG Emission Development

Wednesday, December 6 | 10:30 – 12:30 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Nate Hultman

Location: Energy Foundation China Pavilion, Green Zone

CGS Director Nate Hultman will engage in a critical roundtable discussion on the progress of China's Long-term Strategy for Low-GHG Emission Development.

China-U.S. Track II Dialogue: Enhancing the Implementation of the Sunnylands Statement (Subnational and Other Issues)

Friday, December 8 | 10:30 – 12:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Nate Hultman

Location: Energy Foundation China Pavilion, Green Zone

This event focuses on China-U.S. subnational ambition and actions, especially exploring subnational collaboration potential between the two nations.

Cases and practices of the “Belt and Road” Initiative

Friday, December 8 | 10:45 – 12:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Jiehong Lou

Location: China Pavilion, Blue Zone

CGS Assistant Research Professor Jiehong Lou will engage in a discussion on the opportunities and challenges in Green Belt and Road construction.

Reflections on the first global stocktake year

Friday, December 8 | 14:30 – 19:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speakers: Mengye Zhu, Nate Hultman, ECSIS Scholars

Location: Climate Ambition Hub & Research Pavilion, Blue Zone (B7, 90)

Early Career Scholars for an Inclusive Global Stocktake (ECSIS) present their research and engage in open dialogue on progress in the negotiations and how to learn from the first global stocktake year

Plastic pollution and climate change

Sunday, December 10 | 12:00 – 13:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Mengye Zhu

Location: China Pavilion, Blue Zone

Taking stock of climate governance for implementing a just and resilient transition to net zero

Tuesday, December 10 | 15:00 – 16:30 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speaker: Mengye Zhu

Location: Side Event Room 5, Blue Zone B6, Building 83

This official side event highlights perspectives on implementing rapid, just transitions, drawing from research insights and experiences to effectively assess transition pathways.


International Cooperation towards Global Energy Transition: A Civil Society Dialogue

Sunday, December 10 | 14:45 – 16:00 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speakers: Nate Hultman and Ryna Cui

Location: China Pavilion, Blue Zone

Hosted by the Peking University Institute of Energy, this event will discuss experiences in energy transition and successful international cooperation, as well as the overarching role of civil society.

A Call for Urgent Climate Action – A Civil Society Dialogue among China, Europe, and The U.S.

Monday, December 11 | 14:00 – 17:20 GST (GMT+4)

CGS Speakers: Nate Hultman and Ryna Cui

Location: China-UAE Economy and Trade Exchange Center, Dubai

This event will engage experts from China, Europe, and the United States on climate policies and mitigation, assistance to developing countries, and multi-stakeholder cooperation to drive a just transition.


Throughout COP28, CGS will launch several new research products. Check back in to learn more and download the reports!

Ramping up methane emissions reductions in this decade: Implications of methane emissions for near- and medium-term warming

The Center for Global Sustainability's new analysis reveals that reducing methane emissions over the next 12 years—particularly from oil and gas—is the single biggest deployable, practical, and affordable mitigation strategy available to reduce climate risk.


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State of Global Coal Power 2023

The Center for Global Sustainability's new analysis, “The State of Global Coal Power 2023,” assesses the current status of global coal-to-clean power transition and quantifies the emissions outcome and action gap to 1.5C.


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All-of-Society Climate Pathway: Key Policy Levers for 1.5°C-Aligned Action

The Center for Global Sustainability's new analysis demonstrates how through accelerating partnerships and all-of-society action, the world can keep our global goal of 1.5°C. The analysis identifies eleven 1.5°C-aligned policy levers that work better when undertaken in partnership.

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All-In climate action for improved U.S. air quality & health benefits

A new America Is All In analysis showcases how an all-of-society approach to achieving U.S. climate goals can realize improved air quality and health benefits.

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The Effectiveness of the GST Process in Facilitating the Evaluation and Documentation of Concrete Adaptation Interventions (Support and Finance) in SIDS

A new working paper from ECSIS scholars explores the extent adaptation interventions effectively and sustainably reduce SIDS’ vulnerability and increase their resilience.

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Equity in Climate Financing: Spotlight on the Energy Transition

A new working paper from ECSIS scholars assesses how equitable climate finance is delivered and governed, particularly in accelerating energy transitions. 

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The GST and Beyond: Understanding the Strategies and Influence of Civil Society Actors

A new working paper from ECSIS scholars analyzes civil society participation and engagement to integrate inclusive governance within and beyond the Global Stocktake. 

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For media inquiries or to connect with experts on the ground in Dubai please contact: Shannon Kennedy,, and Camryn Dahl,

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