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MECC-GGGI Cooperation Program on Climate Resilience and Green Growth Capacity Development & Knowledge Sharing Series

Climate Change and Road to COP28

25 & 26 September 2023

VENUE:  Marriott Marquis Hotel - City Center Doha

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Climate Change and Road to COP28

September 25-26, 2023


Climate change has taken a prominent position on the global stage, with governments and corporations actively formulating comprehensive strategies and action blueprints aimed at bolstering climate resilience. At the national level, the State of Qatar has reinforced its commitment to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals through a combination of policies and programs like the National Environment and Climate Change Strategy, National Climate Change Action Plan 2030, and the revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). These landmark policies strengthen the implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to uphold the “harmony between economic growth, social development, and environmental protection.” 



25 & 26 September 2023

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the world’s most prominent annual climate event and is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023. COP28 is anticipated to intensify global efforts to address climate change, focusing on critical issues like reducing fossil fuel usage and associated subsidies, accelerating a just and green energy transition, and channeling resources toward loss and damage, particularly among the most vulnerable countries and sectors. This year’s COP also marks the inaugural Global Stocktake (GST), a crucial element of the Paris Agreement that serves to both monitor its implementation and assess collective progress toward achieving the agreed-upon goals, effectively bridging the gap between NDCs and the overarching objectives of the agreement. As Qatar positions itself as a significant player in global diplomacy on key global issues, the imperative for effectively navigating the international climate regime and the UNFCCC COP processes is increasingly becoming stronger for the country to play a constructive role in the climate agenda.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MECC) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are jointly organizing a two-day capacity-building workshop to train public officials on the key concepts of climate change science, international climate regime, and the UNFCCC COP processes, as well as provide useful information and insights on how Qatar could prepare for and make the most out of the upcoming COP28.


⦁    Dr. Amr Osama Abdel-Aziz is a seasoned climate policy and capacity development professional. He was an advisor to the COP27 Presidency with long experience in climate negotiation and participation in UNFCCC processes.  
⦁    Mr. Chiden Balmes is the Acting Head of GGGI Qatar Office with extensive experience in government advisory, public policy research, and capacity building in climate change, green growth, and sustainable development.
⦁    Ms. Nadia Laribi is the Senior Climat
e Finance Officer of GGGI Qatar Office. Nadia specializes in debt capital market and Islamic finance and has provided advisory to public sector clients.
⦁    Mr. Tohid Nowdel is the MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) Officer of GGGI Qatar Office with over 15 years of professional experience in advisory and implementation services in greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, climate change mitigation, and GHG reduction project development.

DAY 1 (September 25, Mon): 08:30 - 13:30 with breaks and lunch at the end

Climate change concepts, the international climate regime, and the Paris Agreement

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DAY 2 (September 26, Tues): 08:30 - 13:30 with breaks and lunch at the e

UNFCCC CoP processes, climate change negotiation, and preparations for COP28

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The event is organized by MECC and GGGI Qatar, and will have the following format: 

  • In-person event, with refreshments and breaks. 

  • Includes a series of presentations, followed by interactive Q&A, and simulations of COP negotiations and  processes.

  • Simultaneous Arabic/English translation will be available.

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