Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum


Welcome to the COP28 Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum


At this pivotal juncture in our common human history we look forward to welcoming you to the inaugural COP Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum. As global leaders in business, philanthropy and government, you are uniquely positioned to drive positive climate action for Nature, People and Planet.

Highlighting the crucial importance given to this three-day Forum, it will open with a royal reception in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and His Majesty King Charles III, at 6:00pm on 30 November.

The Forum will be an opportunity to:

  1. Connect and engage with fellow leaders on the key actions required to navigate the climate transition
  2. Learn through the exchange of ideas, and sharing of lessons with peers from across geographies and across industries, and
  3. Collaborate with other leaders and expand your network for long-term impact

The Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum will serve as the official launch event of COP28, both of which are being held at the Expo City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November through 12 December 2023. Given its position as a global hub for logistics, transportation, and green technology, as well as being an engine of growth for business, commerce and tourism, the United Arab Emirates is uniquely positioned to build the bridges and foster the consensus needed to accelerate inclusive climate progress.

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

Yours sincerely,

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 CEOs and philanthropists from around the world alongside Heads of State/Government through a two-day program focused on accelerating delivery and results for Nature, People and Planet. 

15+ Roundtable Discussions

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

16+ Key Theatre Sessions

Across the Forum, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and focus on how we align across country, industry 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+ Initiatives 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 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 old promises and 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




Fast–tracking the energy transition & slashing emissions before 2030

First Movers Coalition: Join the coalition and commit to purchasing products/services based on clean technologies to support the decarbonization of high emitting industrial sectors

Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet: Join various partnerships to drive systemic shifts across Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) and Green Grids in the Global South

Energy Transition Accelerator: Commit to fund renewable energy projects to accelerate the transition in emerging economies

Methane Fund: Join a newly created methane fund (as GP, LP, partner.) to help abate 5% of GHG emissions from the O&G industry by 2030

COP28 Coal: Purchase 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): Join the GDA to help reduce emissions from energy, transport and heavy emitting industries (accounting for ~65% of global emissions)


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

Blended Finance Vehicle: Join as equity or strategic partner in the vehicle that develops climate related projects and businesses in emerging markets and developing economies

Moonshots for Climate and Nature: Sponsor and promote new Moonshots that will fund ten innovation projects focused on renewable energy and protection of natural habitat and biodiversity

Climate Investment Platform: Invest in a climate tech fund (either the direct venture investment or fund-of-funds) to scale up proven climate technologies in the Global South focusing on emissions reduction

Voluntary Carbon Markets: Commit to purchasing high-integrity carbon credits to help scale high-integrity Voluntary Carbon Markets, which are needed to address 40% of emissions by 2030


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

Health for Climate: Commit to ambitious Net Zero targets across healthcare systems supply chain

First Movers Coalition for Food: Join the coalition and make procurement commitments to transform food supply chains

Food System Innovation at Scale: Invest to support scale-up of scientifically-based and cost-effective solutions to support food systems innovations for low and middle-income countries

Financing the Future of Food: Invest in the funding platform to accelerate the development of sustainability-rich food systems focusing on the Global South

Nature Positive for Climate Action: Make a Nature Positive commitment to reduce business impact on climate and revert the catastrophic loss of nature by 2030


Water Resilience Coalition: Join the Water Resilience Coalition to address +100 water-stressed basins and elevate global water resilience by 2030


Mobilizing for the most inclusive COP ever

Indigenous Peoples: Join the fund to provide direct financing for Indigenous Peoples and organizations, to help them protect and restore nature and biodiversity

Innovate for Climate Tech (ICT): Join the coalition to connect and strengthen the Global South tech ecosystem and facilitate access to capital, knowledge and talent

COP28 Net Zero Transition Charter: Sign the charter to commit to gold-standards of transparency, integrity and accountability in your company’s journey to Net Zero

COP28 & SME Climate Hub for MENA: Promote the hubaimed at providing SMEs with resources, tools and services to help with their decarbonization journey

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