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Information to support engagement of parliamentarians from the region at COP28

In anticipation of the 28th Session of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ParlAmericas is pleased to offer this summary of COP28 to help guide virtual or in-person parliamentary engagement.

This year’s 28th COP is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Expo City Dubai.

Dates: November 30 - December 12, 2023

Host: UNFCCC and UAE Presidency

The Conference of Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC where key decisions on internationally agreed upon climate action takes place. Negotiators and parties review progress and make decisions regarding legal instruments, and institutional and administrative arrangements in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

COP is an annual event and one that benefits from the engagement of parliamentarians from the Americas and Caribbean to ensure the region’s voice is effectively reflected in these global conversations. This participation also helps build greater understanding of the negotiation positions that the Executive branch of Government will be presenting, allowing parliamentarians to be better aware of how to align budget and legislation with the climate commitments made at these negotiations, as well as provide oversight on their implementation.

If you are attending COP28 as part of your national delegation, please inform the ParlAmericas International Secretariat by emailing,, as we may be able to support you by sharing relevant information and putting you in contact with other legislators attending.


In-person participation at the COP28 venue 

  • The blue zone is the UN-managed space that is open only to attendees accredited by the UNFCCC. It hosts side events and pavilions led by various organizations and countries, and is where negotiations take place. Many of the side events have a Latin American and Caribbean focus. 
    • This year at COP28, there will be a parliamentary pavilion for the first time, run by GLOBE Legislators, the focal point of the UNFCCC Parliamentary Group of which ParlAmericas is a founding member. It will hold many relevant events for legislators. 
    • The parliamentary pavilion will also host daily briefings from 9:00-9:30 am. 

  • The green zone is open to the general public and does not require accreditation to the UNFCCC. This zone hosts side events and stakeholder hubs. 

Virtual participation

All side events are live-streamed on the official secretariat-managed YouTube channel. Once the event has ended, all videos will remain available on YouTube. Side events can also be viewed on the public webcast schedule of the official UNFCCC website. 

You can also follow ParlAmericasUNFCCC, and IISD’s Earth Bulletin for news. 

Expected highlights of COP28

  • The Global Stocktake will come to a conclusion at COP28, providing an assessment of the collective progress made to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Based on ambition cycles, these results can be drawn on to incentivize countries to increase their national climate commitments. 
  • The framework for the Global Goal on Adaptation, a mechanism within the Paris Agreement, is expected to be finalized as established in the Glasgow–Sharm el-Sheikh work program.
  • The rules and procedures of the Loss and Damage Fund need to be worked out to operationalize it.
  • Negotiations will likely include strategies to increase advancements on the uptake of renewable energy for more ambitious climate action and just transition.
  • In an effort to mainstream gender at COP28 and climate action as mandated in the Enhanced Gender Action Plan, COP28 will feature a variety of discussions on gender and climate change. On November 28-29, COP28 will host the Global Conference on Gender and Environment Data (in-person and virtual participation will be possible).
  • View the full thematic program for COP28.

Key resources

  • The publication Parliaments and the Paris Agreement, authored by ParlAmericas, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, INTER PARES and GLOBE, provides advice to strengthen the alignment of parliaments’ oversight, legislative, and budgetary efforts to national climate commitments, highlights good legislative practices, and features guidance questions for legislators undertaking this work. 

Road towards COP28

Should you have any inquiries, please contact Maria Boada at the ParlAmericas International Secretariat, at