Media advisory: UNU-EHS at COP28

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  • 2023•11•24     Dubai

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    What: United Nations University experts available for interviews and comments

    When: By appointment. Experts will be in Dubai in person, but with different arrival and departure dates.

    Where: COP28 in Dubai, or remotely

    Who:

    Why: COP28 has a packed agenda. UNU experts are able to explain and comment on negotiations, provide background on crucial issues, shed light on emerging topics and contextualize many of the big debates.

    Please find below a few examples of the topics our experts can speak on:

    1. Negotiations at COP28
    2. Artificial intelligence and climate change
    3. Loss and Damage Fund
    4. Global Goal on Adaptation
    5. Global stocktake
    6. Disaster risk and risk tipping points
    7. The role of cities and community involvement in addressing climate change
    8. Climate risk insurance
    9. Ecosystem-based solutions
    10. Melting of poles and glaciers, sea level rise

     

    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact at COP28:

    Nadine Hoffmann
    Head of Communication
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Phone: + 49 151 2672 1390 (mobile)
    n.hoffmann@vie.unu.edu

    Arianna Flores Corral
    Communications Analyst
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Phone: + 49 151 2672 1390 (mobile)
    flores-corral@vie.unu.edu

     

    Additional information on the above-mentioned topics:

    1. Negotiations at COP28
      UNU experts will be sitting in on the negotiations and will be able to comment on expectations and outcomes, particularly on loss and damage and adaptation.
      Interview languages: English, German, Spanish
    2. Artificial intelligence and climate change
      COP28 is going to be the first UNFCCC COP that includes high-level discussions on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for climate action. AI brings new opportunities in climate mitigation and adaptation, including for the developing world, but there are also concerns around equity.
      Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Rector of the United Nations University, is an expert on AI and serves on the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. Please note that Professor Marwala is only at COP in person 2-3 December.
      Interview language: English
    3. Loss and Damage Fund
      It was decided at COP27 to create a funding arrangement that would respond to losses and damages in vulnerable countries that are hit hard by climate disasters. Many questions around the fund now have to be worked out, for example, who pays into it, who receives benefits, who oversees it, etc. This will be one of the big topics at COP28. UNU-EHS experts have followed the developments since the start of the discussions and will do so at COP28 as well.
      Interview languages: English, German, Spanish
    4. Global Goal on Adaptation
      The Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) was established in the Paris Agreement in 2015 with the goal to “enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience, and reduce vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal.” But there is not yet a more concrete framework for the GGA. UNU-EHS experts have attended the workshops that worked on operationalizing the GGA and can speak about progress and challenges.
      Interview languages: English, Spanish, German
    5. Global stocktake
      Every 5 years, countries and stakeholders are meant to take inventory of the progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. The first-ever global stocktake is set to conclude at COP28. Governments will then take decisions on the global stocktake and it will help to form the next round of climate action plans.
      Interview languages: English, German
    6. Disaster risk and risk tipping points
      UNU-EHS conducts research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change. The institute’s flagship publication is the Interconnected Disaster Risks report, which was developed based on the recognition that disasters are occurring at an ever-faster rate and, despite progress being made in how we prepare and respond to them, we are continuously being caught out by new extremes and new emerging threats. The report analyses concrete examples of disasters and explains how they are interconnected with each other and with human actions, and it also describes how we can develop solutions using these connections to our advantage. The 2023 edition of the report, released in October, focused on risk tipping points, i.e. the moment at which a given socioecological system is no longer able to buffer risks and irreversible changes with potentially catastrophic impacts occur. Many risk tipping points are related to climate change, for example unbearable heat, groundwater depletion, mountain glaciers melting or uninsurability.
      Interview languages: English, German
    7. The role of cities and community involvement in addressing climate change
      Cities and local climate action will play a big role at COP28. City mayors and local decision makers are driving climate action in many places around the world. But even within cities, some communities are often not heard, for example those in informal settlements, even though they are among the most vulnerable. EHS experts can speak about successful climate action that includes all actors to make cities more sustainable. They can also connect you to voices from the cities themselves.
      Interview languages: English, Spanish, German
    8. Climate risk insurance
      Climate risk insurance has been an important topic at COP for a while. It can help protect individuals, small businesses or entire countries from permanent damage caused by the impact of extreme weather events. Coupled with preventive measures and social protection, it can help to ensure that losses and damages are kept to a minimum. But there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Insurance schemes need to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, need to be gender-responsive and sustainable in the long run. UNU-EHS and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative convene different actors and provide scientific and technical support for different solutions around the world.
      Interview languages: English, German, Spanish
    9. Nature-based solutions
      The COP28 presidency has announced nature-based solutions as a key topic for this year’s conference. Biodiversity and ecosystem services can help us reduce vulnerability and build resilience. UNU-EHS experts can speak about how we can benefit from ecosystems to prevent disasters and adapt to a changing climate, and what is also needed to make that work.
      Interview languages: English, German
    10. Melting of poles and glaciers, sea level rise
      In November 2023, the first international summit on glaciers and poles sounded the alarm bells at the accelerating scale and speed of melting snow, ice and glaciers, which is occurring even faster than previously expected, putting us on the brink of tipping points and threatening the well-being of humans and ecosystems, for example through sea level rise. UNU-EHS experts can explain root causes, tipping points, risks and implications.
      Interview languages: English, German