With the 28th United Nations Climate Conference just around the corner, DDL will join the conversation through various sessions and discussions about net zero, non-state actor accountability, and climate justice. 

COP28 marks the halfway point between the 2015 Paris Agreement and the 2030 commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. With 2023 set to be the hottest year on record, solutions-oriented conversations about climate accountability and transparency are needed now more than ever. COP28 and affiliated events will take place from November 30th – December 12th at ExpoCity Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

DDL Director Angel Hsu, plus post-doctoral research associate Kaihui Song and PhD student Katherine Burley will be in attendance.


Dec. 4th: Greening Education through Clean Energy Innovation to Implement Climate Justice

DDL Director Dr. Hsu will join a side event to discuss how we can leverage clean energy innovations to address the negative impacts of climate change, highlighting the role of vulnerable stakeholders in greening education globally and sharing case studies of positive actions taken by diverse underserved communities worldwide. Climate change exacerbates social injustices, disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. To achieve climate justice, we must integrate these vulnerable groups into solutions, starting with climate-resilience education. Innovations in clean energy, particularly in greening education, can lift climate-vulnerable communities out of poverty, offering access to green education, preventing land degradation, creating sustainable jobs, and enabling a just transition to renewable energy. 

Date: December 4th, 2023

Time: 9:00 – 10:45 AM GST (GMT +4)

Location: Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet Pavilion, Blue Zone (TA 2-130)

Host: Green Hope Foundation


Dec. 4th: Net Zero Tracker Press Conference

DDL’s Net Zero Tracker is hosting a press conference at COP28. In June 2023, the Net Zero Tracker revealed that fossil fuel companies’ net zero targets are “largely meaningless”, as they do not contain specific plans for phasing out fossil fuels, despite clear UN guidelines that credible net zero targets must include them. Their latest analysis extends our earlier investigation of fossil fuel phase-out plans, or lack thereof, across net zero targets set by applicable national and subnational governments, and large public companies on the Forbes Global 2000 list. Panelists will discuss how nations and non-state actors with net zero targets are phasing out fossil fuels and address nations not committed to aligning fossil fuel production with their net zero goals, exploring strategies to advance societies in line with IPCC and IEA pathways for fossil fuel phase-out.

Date: December 4th, 2023

Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM GST (GMT+4)

Location: Press Conference Room 2, Zone B6 – Building 77, Blue Zone

Host: Net Zero Tracker

Register here.


Dec. 5th: Newsweek Panel: Pillars of the Green Transition

How do we fight climate change while making everyone better off? Driven by the ambition to answer this complex question, panelists including DDL Director Dr. Hsu will propose innovative solutions from their respective industries. In doing so, our guests will have the chance to assess the economic case for the green transition and whether the affordability/sustainability dilemma may be a thing of the past.

Date: December 5th, 2023

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM GST (GMT +4)

Location: Impact Hub (DP World) Level 2 Prince Rupert Dubai

Host: Newsweek

Register here.


Dec. 6th: Climate Social Science Network COP28 briefing with Senate staff on climate obstruction

DDL Director Angel Hsu will join a panel of climate experts to discuss climate obstruction with Senate staff. The panel will be followed by Q&A and a networking session.

  • Doreen Stabinsky, College of the Atlantic: What to expect at COP28, re: climate obstruction on key issues such as loss and damage negotiations and net zero
  • Benjamin Weinger, UCLA: Overview of the history of COPs and dynamics to watch/how obstruction has been a factor
  • Mark Ortiz, Penn State: How IRA implementation will fit into this COP and the key role of youth domestically and internationally  
  • Emily Benton Hite, St. Louis University: Climate justice and indigenous rights with examples from hydropower
  • Max Boykoff, University of Colorado Boulder: Climate communication  
  • Frances Roberts-Gregory, Harvard University: Centering gender and the advocacy efforts of the Women and Gender Constituency
  • Angel Hsu, UNC Chapel Hill: Combating corporate greenwashing and subnational window-dressing: the UNFCCC’s Non-Party Recognition and Accountability Framework and net-zero credibility

Date: December 6th, 2023

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 PM GST (GMT +4)

Location: TBA


Dec. 6th: The data cities need: accelerating sustainability solutions with advanced data and AI

Dr. Hsu will join Martin Wainstein, Executive Director of Open Earth Foundation, and Pooja Mahapatra, Global Lead of Fugro, for a discussion about ‘Data-driven innovations to boost city climate action’ at a session on “the data cities need.” The event aims to showcase cutting-edge tools and initiatives facilitating the transition from climate ambition to action in cities, networks, and businesses. Leveraging insights from GCoM’s Innovate4Cities initiative and the Global Innovation Hub’s Systemic Innovation Workshops, the interactive workshop invites participants to engage in crucial data needs for cities and local governments around the world. The goal is to unite key actors to aid cities in their climate action with modern digital and data solutions, highlight new satellite and AI applications for urban decarbonization, and connect with finance stakeholders to explore cities’ key role in scaling climate action through data and policy. 

Date: December 6th, 2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM GST (GMT +4)

Location: UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Host: Global Covenant of Mayors and UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub

Register here.


Dec. 8th: Envisioning the Future of Climate Action Accountability 

The UNFCCC’s Recognition and Accountability Framework (RAF) for Non-Party Stakeholder Climate Action marks a pivotal development in global climate accountability. As the first Global Stocktake (GST) transitions from technical assessment to political implementation, the RAF is set to play a crucial role in enhancing non-state actor (NSA) transparency. However, critical questions remain about the function and responsibilities of NSAs, standard-setters, verifiers, regulators, and other actors in this evolving ecosystem. This workshop will bring the CAMDA and broader NSA data and accountability community into conversation with the UNFCCC. The goal of this workshop is to identify the next steps to advance the outcomes from the RAF, both in terms of the role of the data community and established tools and platforms (GCAP and the NZDPU). Attendees will be encouraged to discuss how their organizations can contribute to data-driven accountability for NSAs and suggest potential roles for the UNFCCC in addressing identified gaps. Breakout workgroups will allow participants to focus on more granular aspects of the above questions to achieve concrete action items and next steps.

Date: December 8th, 2023

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Location: COP28 Blue Zone, Climate Action Lab 2 (Al Jeer)

Host: Camda, Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

This is an invitation-only event, if you would like to attend, please contact us


Dec. 8th: Ratcheting integrity of net zero commitments to unlock ambition loops and regain climate momentum

DDL Director Dr. Hsu will participate in a COP28 mitigation and response measures side event panel focusing on “Ratcheting integrity of net zero commitments to unlock ambition loops and regain climate momentum.” The discussion will explore how national net zero targets and climate litigation, which have strengthened significantly in recent years, along with the UNFCCC’s new Recognition and Accountability Framework and implementation plan, can enhance transparency. The event will highlight critical opportunities to unlock ambition loops and regain momentum in climate action.

Date: December 8th, 2023

Time: 4:45 – 6:15 GST (GMT+4)

Location: SE Room 3 (125 pax)

Host: Net Zero Tracker

Register here.