30 November - 12 December, COP28, Dubai

Join us at COP28 and be part of an incredible programme of events that will inspire and inform climate action.  

We're bringing together a diverse group of experts, innovators, and leaders to create a shared vision for a more sustainable future. We welcome or encourage our members who have blue zone passes to support these events and participate in the discussions.

Highlights from COP28 will be shared with our members post COP through our members’ newsletter.

Resilience First Events

As an official observer organisation of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties, Resilience First is delighted to present its COP28 programme:

  • 3 Dec, 14:00-15:00 GST, Global Climate Action Hub, Blue Zone, COP28, Expo City Dubai:
    Enabling Private Finance for Adaptation - Implementation Lab, in collaboration with Resilience Rising, The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the Race to Resilience Campaign and the Marrakech Partnership, which will explore practical actions to drive progress on the Sharm El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda, including nature-based solutions. This roundtable discussion is part of the official COP28 Global Climate Action Programme and will be live streamed for virtual audiences.

    As global efforts intensify to deliver the Sharm El-Sheikh goals, the spotlight is on realising the potential of private finance: How can we harness the private sector's investment prowess and innovation capabilities to mobilise $140-300 billion (USD) in combined public and private finance for adaptation and resilience, and what are the essential actions required to ensure that 2,000 of the world's largest companies formulate and execute actionable resilience-building strategies by 2030. Through this discussion, participants will have the opportunity to gain insights into the real-world resilience strategies and actions being championed by leading global companies. We will explore the critical role of private finance in achieving the Sharm El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda's outcomes, and the importance of innovative financing mechanisms, whole system approaches, and catalytic partnerships in driving climate resilience action.

  • 5 Dec, 15:00-16:30 GST, Blue Zone, COP28, Expo City Dubai:
    Systems Thinking for Holistic Climate Action, a roundtable discussion, in collaboration with World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), Conservation International (CI) and Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), featuring nature-driven engineering, policy, and finance solutions. This is an official side event of the COP28 programme, and will also be livestreamed here.
    We will explore the potential of nature-based and hybrid approaches to developing inclusive, effective, nature-positive infrastructure and climate solutions. Fostering transdisciplinary and systems thinking is key to achieving these goals. We have a dynamic lineup of speakers and panellists, who will discuss different approaches to accelerating the energy transition. The session is split in half, with 45 minutes of presentations, and then a 45-minute panel session.
  • 5 Dec, 16:00-17:30 GST, Blue Zone, COP28, Expo City Dubai:
    Catalysing Climate Resilience with Private Sector Action, a private roundtable discussion for our members and partners, in collaboration with Resilience Rising and The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. By invitation only, for more information please contact Shazre Quamber-Hill: contact@resiliencefirst.co.uk

Partner Events

  • 30 Nov - 12 Dec, Blue Zone, COP28:
    Via our partner Resilience Rising, Resilience First is excited to be supporting two full weeks of programming at the Resilience Hub - an inclusive virtual and physical space to mobilise action on resilience and adaptation and the official home of the Race to Resilience Campaign. All Resilience Hub events will be live streamed for global audiences - registrations are now open.
  • 5 Dec, 14:30-16:30 GST, Heriot Watt Climate Hub, Dubai:
    Organised by ICAEW, the Transition Planning Workshop will provide finance and accounting professionals with an understanding of the pivotal role they can play in the development and implementation of a net zero transition plan. Sign up here.
  • 9 Dec, 10:00-12:00 GST, Heriot Watt Climate Hub, Dubai:
    Organised by ICAEW, the Nature Workshop will equip financial professionals with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to not only embed nature into their organisation's operations and strategies but also drive real change. SIgn up here.

Member Events

  • 4 Dec, 12:00-13:30 GST, RCREEE Pavilion, Blue Zone:
    Ensuring Resilience in Renewable Energy Infrastructure - Join KPMG International and ICSI for a comprehensive dialogue on the significance of resilience in renewable energy infrastructure and systems. Experts will explore financing, investment, and technical challenges, as well as innovations at both the asset and system-wide infrastructure levels.  
  • 4 Dec, 16:00-17:30 GST, Heriot-Watt Dubai University:
    Jacobs is supporting Heriot Watt University on a session on the ‘Role of Nature in Coastal Resilience’. Herriott Watt are hosting a ‘Climate Hub’ at their Dubai campus throughout COP.
  • 6 Dec, 12:00-13:00 GST, We Mean Business Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP28, Expo City Dubai:
    Resilience Through a Systems-based Lens, a panel discussion organised by National Grid, focusing on the importance of cross-disciplinary partnerships and looking at climate resilience through a systems-based lens. In other words, in order to truly build resilience, we must work together across all levels of government, with local and vulnerable communities, academia, and across industries. The goal is to align the discussion with the themes in the recently released White House Climate Resilience Framework, emphasising collaboration and inclusivity, and strengthening interagency collaboration among government bodies to support community resilience.
  • 9-10 Dec, 16:00-17:30 GST, Green Zone, COP28, Expo City Dubai:
    Extreme Conditions and Resilient Cities, a workshop, organised by Jacobs, focused on how climate risk exacerbates urban stress, and sharing lessons across adaptation activities, engaging stakeholders, developing the needed human capital, and more. This event will feature an opening keynote followed by a panel discussion on the theme of ‘Future Cities and Future Solutions’.