Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum


Welcome to the COP28 Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum


At this pivotal juncture in our shared human history, marked by unprecedented global challenges and the urgent need for collective action, we look forward to welcoming you to the inaugural COP28 Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum from 30th November to 2nd December, 2023. This Forum serves as a pivotal moment for stakeholders from diverse sectors to converge and address the pressing issues surrounding climate change and nature degradation.

As global business leaders and leading philanthropists, your participation will undoubtedly contribute to the collaborative efforts required to drive positive climate action for nature, people and planet.

The Forum will be an opportunity to:

  1. Connect and engage with global leaders and policy makers on the key actions required in climate action and nature preservation.
  2. Learn through the exchange of ideas and sharing of lessons with like-minded peers from across sectors and geographies
  3. Facilitate conversations with other leaders and expand your network for long-term impact in nature and climate action.

The Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum will be held concurrently with the World Climate Action Summit at the beginning of the two-week COP28 program that runs from 30 November to 12 December at Expo City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

We look forward to your participation and are delighted to welcome you to the UAE.


H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber Badr Jafar
COP28 President COP28 Special Representative for Business & Philanthropy

What to expect from the Forum

The Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum is COP28’s private sector engagement platform to engage global business leaders and philanthropists alongside policy makers through an interactive program focused on accelerating delivery and results for nature, people and planet. 

27 Plenary Sessions

Across the Forum, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and focus on how we align across geographies, industries and finance roadmaps to accelerate sustainability outcomes. In line with the four key pillars set out by the COP28 Presidency, we look to the power of collective action to achieve a sustainable future.

20 Roundtable Discussions

We invite you to collaborate with your peers and those with a shared interest in your respective areas of focus, to demonstrate how we can meet the level of ambition that the world needs to achieve climate and nature goals. While there is a rapidly closing window to course correct, there are key opportunities for the swift scale-up of our collective ambition.

9 Global Partners to Drive Change

COP28 Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum is delivered in partnership with: Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), IDB Invest, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Economic Forum (WEF), XPRIZE and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Four key pillars set out by the COP28 Presidency

Fast tracking the energy transition & slashing emissions before 2030

Transforming climate finance; delivering on a framework for a new deal

Putting nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action

Mobilizing for the most inclusive COP ever




The COP28 Business & Philanthropy Forum provides a platform for the private sector and philanthropy to deliver on climate and biodiversity targets. It also showcases a range of tangible and immediate opportunities for engagement across the four key pillars of COP28, which you can explore below.


Fast tracking the energy transition & slashing emissions before 2030

First Movers Coalition

A coalition which commits to purchasing products and services based on clean technologies to support the decarbonization of high emitting industrial sectors

Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet

Partnerships to drive systemic shifts across Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) and Green Grids across the Global South

Energy Transition Accelerator

Funding renewable energy projects to accelerate the transition in in emerging markets

Methane Fund

A fund to abate methane emissions from the energy sector by 2030

COP28 Coal

Transition credits to accelerate the early retirement of unabated coal fired power plants, currently responsible for ~27% of global energy and industrial emissions

Global Decarbonization Accelerator (GDA)

The GDA helps reduce emissions from energy, transport and heavy emitting industries, currently responsibly for ~65% of global emissions


Transforming climate finance; delivering old promises and a framework for a new deal

Blended Finance Vehicle

A financial vehicle to spur climate related projects and related businesses in emerging markets and developing economies

Moonshots for Climate and Nature

New moonshots to fund large-scale projects focused on Coral Restoration and the Energy Transition

Voluntary Carbon Markets

High integrity carbon credits to help scale high integrity Voluntary Carbon Markets, needed to address 40% of emissions by 2030


Putting nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action

Health for Climate

Ambitious Net Zero target across healthcare systems supply chain

First Movers Coalition for Food

A coalition for procurement commitments to transform sustainable food supply chains

Food System Innovation at Scale

Scaling science-based and cost effective solutions to support food system innovations for low and middle income countries

Financing the Future of Food

A funding platform to accelerate the development of sustainability-rich food systems, focusing on the Global South

Nature Positive for Climate Action

Business commitments to reverse the catastrophic loss of nature by 2030

Water Resilience Coalition

A coalition to address 100+ water-stressed basins and elevate global water resilience by 2030


Mobilizing for the most inclusive COP ever

Indigenous Peoples

A fund to provide direct financing for Indigenous Peoples and organizations, helping to protect and restore nature and biodiversity

Innovate for Climate Tech (ICT)

A coalition to connect and strengthen the Global South tech ecosystem and facilitate access to capital, knowledge and talent

COP28 Net Zero Transition Charter

A charter committing to high standards of transparency, integrity and accountability in your business’ journey to Net Zero

COP28 and SME Climate Hub for MENA

A hub to provide SMEs with resources, tools and services to help with decarbonization journies

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