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COP 28 Just Transition Event Roundup: A complete guide


Just energy transition is a big topic at the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28), which runs from November 30 until December 12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

From official side events to country pavilions, here is a comprehensive guide to 70+ just transition events at this year’s conference, covering everything from Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) to gender justice. Most events can be attended virtually.

Part of the COP 28 venue in Dubai. Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis

December 1

 

12:30

Facilitating a Gender-Just Transition to Clean Energy to Address Loss and Damage

Location: Canada Pavilion

Organiser: Green Hope Foundation

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17:30

How it Works: Workers and work in Canadian and global just transitions 

Location: Canada Pavilion

Organiser: Canadian Labour Congress

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December 2

 

09:00–10:30

Delivering Just Transition Support in Asia and the Pacific

Location: ADB Pavilion

Organiser: Asian Development Bank

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09:30–10:20

Corporate Action to Advance a Just Transition

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: UN Global Compact

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13:30–14:00

Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) with Viet Nam – Launch of the Resource Mobilisation Plan (RMP)

Location: European Union Pavilion (Hybrid)

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15:00–16:20

Putting the “Just” in “Just Transition” Into Practice: Opportunities and challenges for integrating trade unions in partnerships for a just energy transition

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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17:00–18:30

Promoting a Common Language to Sustainable Finance Within Southeast Asia and Guiding a Just Transition

Location: ADB Pavilion

Organiser: Asian Development Bank

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17:30–18:50

Progress of Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) Indonesia

Location: Indonesian Pavilion

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December 3

 

09:30 – 17:30

High-level dialogue on delivering a gender-responsive just transition for all

Location: Meeting Room 02, Blue Zone

Organisers: ILO, UNFCCC

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09:30–10:20

Just Transition in Action: The role of finance

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: International Labour Organization, United Nations Environment Programme

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09:45–10:45

Leveraging Standards for a Just Energy Transition in Developing Countries

Location: Standards Pavilion by ISO

Organiser: International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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10:30

Just Energy Transition in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Insights from UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2023

Location: South Africa Pavilion

Organiser: NewClimate Institute

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13:00–14:00

From Growth to Wellbeing: How to monitor successful JT

Location: SDG Pavilion

Organiser: GIZ

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14:00–14:50

Driving Company and Sectoral Just Transition Plans: Insights from an EU perspective

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), LSE Grantham Research Institute, Council for Inclusive Capitalism

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15:00—16:30

A Just Transition Work Programme (JTWP) with the Trade Unions Delivering Climate Justice

Location: SE Room 1 (In person)

Organisers: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), IndustriALL Global Union, War on Want

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15:00–16:30

Safeguarding the “Just” in Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETP) in South Africa & Indonesia

Location: SE Room 2

Organisers: Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), Climate Policy Initiative, Inc (CPI), Ford Foundation, Laudes Foundation

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16:45–18:15

Interlinking and Synergizing Energy Access, Adaptation and Just Transition in Africa

Location: SE Room 9

Organisers: Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA); African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD); AJEMALEBU Self Help (AJESH)

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17:00

North Macedonia – Launch of the In-Country Platform to Accelerate a Just Energy Transition

Location: NDC Partnership Pavilion

Organiser: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, North Macedonia – Ministry of Economy

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December 4

 

10:00–11:15

Just Transitions in the Global South: Community perspectives from South Africa and Indonesia

Location: IRENA Pavilion

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10:30–11:20

High-Level Opening Just Transition Pavilion: Just transition pathways – this way to social justice

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: International Labour Organisation

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11:30–13:00

Beyond the Global Stocktake to Create Feasible and Just Transitions

Location: SE Room 9

Organisers: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

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12:00–12:50

Trade Unions Demand a Labour-Inclusive Just Transition Work Programme

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organisers: ITUC, Just Transition Centre (JTC)

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16:00–17:30

Ministerial Dialogue on Gender-Responsive Just Transitions and Climate Finance

Location: World Climate Action Summit (WCAS) Arena

Organiser: COP 28 High-Level Presidency Event for Gender Day

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December 5

 

09:00–10:00

The Role of Women in Driving a Just Energy Transition

Location: UK Pavilion

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09:00–10:00

Powering Just Coal Transition in Southeast Asia: Leveraging experiences and cooperation

Location: Canada Pavilion

Organisers: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership, Climate Investment Funds

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09:00–10:30

Addressing the Social Dimension of the Energy Transformation, Co-Hosted with the Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation (AJET)

Location: Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) Pavilion

Organiser: KPMG

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10:00–11:00

Global Energy Interconnection: Advancing just and inclusive energy transition

Location: UNFCCC Pavilion

Organiser: Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO)

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10:30–11:50

Supporting a Just Transition through Responsible Business Conduct – Regional Perspectives

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: International Labour Organization, UN Global Compact

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11:00–11:45

Advancing a Just Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean

Location: IDB Pavilion of the Americas

Organiser: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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11:10–13:00

Accelerating a Just Transition and Just Resilience Globally

Location: EIB & BENELUX

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11:30–12:30

A Holistic Approach to Just Energy Transition

Location: Monash Pavilion

Organiser: Climateworks Centre

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12:00 – 13:00

A Just Transition for Europe’s Workers: A sectoral approach

Location: CSCJ Hub

Organisers: Just Transition Centre (JTC)

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12:00–12:45

Empowering the Future: How diversity and equality lay the foundation for a just and sustainable energy transition

Location: Nordic Pavilion and Online, Nordic Energy Research, Green by Iceland

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13:15–14:45

Just Energy Transitions and SDGs: Tools and enablers

Location: SE Room 3

Organiser: TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), Asia Society, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)

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13:30–15:00

Just Transition: Building the workforce of tomorrow

Location: European Union Pavilion

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13:30–15:00

Moving From Principles to Practice: An update on MDB support towards a just transition

Location: Joint MDB Pavilion

Organiser: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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14:00

Ministry of Energy : Towards a Just Transition

Location: Ghana Pavilion

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14:30 – 16:15

Climate Action and Energy Transition in War Times and Emergency Situations

Location: Ukraine Pavilion

Organisers: German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership, German Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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15:00–15:45

COP28 Event: (Re)Building Momentum for a Just Transition

Location: World Bank Pavilion and Online

Organiser: The World Bank

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15:00–16:30

Accelerating a Just Transition for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

Location: SE Room 4

Organisers: Global Climate and Health Alliance, a project of the Social Good Fund (GCHA); Health Care Without Harm (HCWH); University College London (UCL)

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15:00–16:00

Key Elements of a Just Transition That Leave No One Behind

Location: Trade House Pavilion

Organisers: ICC, ITC, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, World Trade Organization

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15:30–16:20

Navigating a Just Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean: Insights from policy design and implementation

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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15:30–17:00

Global Indigenous Voices: Navigating success, confronting challenges and the role of institutions in just transitions

Location: Monash Pavilion

Organiser: Monash University

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16:30–18:00

Just Transition in Practice: How to tackle multigenerational challenges within one decade to leave no person and place behind

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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17:00–17:45

Delivering a Just Energy Transition: Improving access, creating local jobs and delivering clean energy

Location: World Bank Pavilion

Organiser: Financial Times

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17:30–18:50

Just and Orderly Transition

Location: Indonesia Pavilion

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December 6

 

09:30

Leading a Just and Equitable Transition in Local and Regional Governments of South America

Location: NDC Partnership Pavilion

Organiser: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

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09:30–10:20

A Just Transition: With and for youth

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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10:00 – 11:30

Strengthening Collaborative Strategies and Cooperation for Global Transformation and a Just Transition

Location: German Pavilion

Organiser: German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), Just Transition Centre

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11:30–12:50

G7 Green Jobs and Skills: Increasing international cooperation and investment for just transitions

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: International Labour Organisation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, G7 Partners

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13:00

Subnational Leadership in Leading a Fossil Fuel Phaseout to Accelerate a Just Energy Transition

Location: Multilevel Action and Urbanization Pavilion

Organiser: Multilevel Action & Urbanization Pavilion

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14:00 –14:30

Empowering the Green Workforce: Education and skills for a just transition 

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: ILO, IRENA, UNESCO, UNICEF

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15:15 –16:15

Practical Solutions to Facilitate a Just Transition 

Location: COP28 Climate Funds Pavilion

Organiser: Climate Investment Funds

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16:30 –17:20

Innovation in Skills Financing for a Just Transition

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organiser: European Commission, ILO, IsDB, Linkedin

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16:45–18:15

Just Energy Transition in South Asia: Positioning health as a positive outcome

Location: SE Room 7

Organiser: Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), CHD Group (Center for Health and Development), Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN)

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18:30–20:00

Designing Coherent and Equitable Climate Policies for a Just Transition

Location: SE Room 7

Organisers: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), German Development Institute (DIE – Bonn), Green Club

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December 8

 

09:30–10:15

Putting People at the Center of Just Transition: How can we achieve a people-focused approach to a just transition?

Location: Nordic Pavilion

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10:00–11:30

Sandbox for Skills: Young Professionals and the Skills Needed for a Just Transition

Location: Renewable Energy Action (REA) Pavilion

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11:30–12:20

Towards a Just Transition: An evidence review in developing countries and emerging economies

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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11:30–13:00

Prospects of a Climate Foreign Policy: Partnerships for a Just Energy Transition

Location: SE Room 3

Organiser: Adelphi Research, Germany

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13:15–14:45

Just Urban Transitions & Shifting Labor Patterns: Transformative visions for a low-carbon future

Location: SE Room 8

Organisers: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. (FES), Climate Action Network South-East Asia (CANSEA)

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16:30–17:20

Walking the Talk: Experiences on just transition and social dialogue

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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December 9

 

 

09:30–10:20

Lessons and Recommendations from South Africa’s First Just Transition Project

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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13:15–14:45

The Pathways and Lessons Learned Leading to a Just Transition Work Programme

Location: SE Room 2

Organisers: International Labour Organization (ILO), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

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13:30

Australia’s Breakthrough on Just Transition

Location: Australia Pavilion

Organiser: Australian Council of Trade Unions

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14:00–14:50

Building Social Protection Systems that Support a Just Transition

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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17:00–17:45

Pathways to Just Transition: Leading by the example of the churches of Finland, Sweden and Tanzania

Location: Finland Pavilion

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18:30–20:00

Transparency on Just Transition

Location: SE Room 2

Organiser: Nigeria, Sustainable Energy Africa 8sea9

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December 10

 

09:30–10:20

Putting People at the Center of Climate Action: The global accelerator on jobs and social protection for just transitions

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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11:30–13:00

Connecting International Cooperation to Local Realities of the Just Transition

Location: SE Room 8

Organiser: Climate Strategies, Colombia, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

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14:00–14:50

Advancing International Cooperation and Knowledge Exchange for Implementing Just Energy Transitions in Coal Regions

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

Organisers: IKI JET, Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), Energy Transition Partnership (ETP)

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15:00–16:30

Ensuring the Credibility of JETPs in the Context of Shrinking Civic Space

Location: SE Room 8

Organisers: International Rivers Network, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA JHB), urgewald e.V.

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15:30–17:00

Investing in the Younger Generations for a Just Transition

Location: Italian Pavilion

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December 11

 

10:00–10:50

Nothing About Us Without Us! The crucial role of youth activists in achieving the just transition

Location: Just Transition Pavilion

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11:30–13:00

A Just Transition for a Rapid and Equitable Phase Out of Fossil Fuels Extraction

Location: SE Room 1

Organisers: Climate Action Network International (CAN International), Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac), International Forum on Globalization Inc. (IFG)

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11:30–13:00

Development of Indicators and Metrics for Measuring Social Outcomes of Just Transition Projects

Location: SE Room 4

Organisers: Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)

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15:00–16:30

Just Industry Transition Partnerships – A proposal to link JETPs with sectoral cooperation

Location: SE Room 3

Organisers: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy; Lund University; Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH; University of Kassel

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December 12

 

11:30

Just Energy Transition and NDCs

Location: WWF Pavilion

Organisers: WWF Turkey

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