ICSC at COP282023-12-23T11:51:53+08:00

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is present the 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) from November 30 to December 12, 2023 at the Expo City in Dubai, UAE. Held annually, COP gathers leaders and representatives of 198 parties, intergovernmental bodies, civil society, media, and others to discuss and find solutions to key issues in the climate crisis.

ICSC serves as the co-convenor of the Independent Global Stocktake Southeast Asia Hub (iGST SEA Hub), a civil society consortium in support of the Global Stocktake (GST) processes of the UNFCCC. It also supports the Vulnerable 20 (V20) Group of Finance Ministers, under the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).

Note: All schedules indicated are in Dubai time (GMT +4)


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01 December  2023

Bottom-up Approach of Regional Non-state Actors toward Updating NDCs in Post-GST

As the First Global Stocktake (GST) is to be concluded at COP28, one important consideration is the involvement of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the post-GST activities. This discussion will focus on the Role of NSAs in updating Nationally Determined Contributions after the first GST.

Time and Venue: 18:30-20:00 | Zone B6, Side Event (SE) Room 8


  • Chisa Umemiya, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Resource Speakers:

  • Danica Marie Supnet, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
  • Dr Ho Chin Siong, University of Technology Malaysia
  • Dr. Kwame Hackman, West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use


  • Government: Mr. Isaac Kwabena Danso, Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana
  • Local government representative: Ms. Nor Janah Affandi, Kuala Lumpur City Hall
  • Private sector: Mr. Fernando Castellanos, UN Global Compact
  • Funding institution: Ms. Josefina Cobian, ClimateWorks Foundation

04 December 2023

The Changing Landscape of Climate Financing in Asia and the Pacific

This side event will discuss the global demands on the financial architecture and how it will affect the landscape of Asia and the Pacific. It will present an overview of the climate finance flows in the region, highlighting key financing figures as well as the challenges and opportunities in narrowing the financing gap.

Time and Venue: 11:00-12:30 | Zone B6, Building 73, ADB Pavilion


  • Noelle O’Brien, Asian Development Bank
  • Tiza Mafira, Climate Policy Initiative – Indonesia Office
  • Hannah Binci, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK Representative, for the Task Force on Access to Climate Finance
  • Danica Marie Supnet, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
  • Takena Redfern, Office of Te Beretitenti (President), Kiribati

04 December 2023

Making Finance Work for Women: Climate Finance Towards the Improvement of Women’s Livelihood

This side event will highlight the impact of climate finance on the livelihood of women. It will likewise present ways to ensure that the needs of women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals are considered in developing and approving projects for funding. It will bring together representatives from different states, government agencies, civil society organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Time and Venue: 17:00 – 18:00 | Zone B6, Building 80, Philippine Pavilion


  • Ms. Amy Reggers, UN Women Asia and the Pacific
  • Mr. Joel Chester Pagulayan, Oxfam Pilipinas
  • Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera, Climate Change Commission
  • Danica Marie Supnet, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities

05 December 2023

Opportunities and Challenges of Fossil to Clean Transition in a Market-Based Power Sector

The event will harness an increased understanding of the challenges faced by government and the private sector players in energy transition and will provide guidance to policy makers on effective policy initiatives aimed at promoting and incentivizing a just energy transition.

Time and Venue: 14:30 – 15:30 | Zone B6, Building 80, Philippine Pavilion


  • Michael O. Sinocruz, Department of Energy, Philippines
  • Eric Francia, ACEN
  • Tomohiro Ishikawa, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Angelika Marie David, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities

06 December 2023

Rewrite COP: Rewriting Our Future with Arts and Science in Climate Policy Spaces

This year, the Climate Reality branches in Africa and the Philippines, and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) intend to intensify efforts to bridge the arts and humanities in policy spaces for climate action.

By creatively rewriting COP, we aim to provide world leaders with stories that speak to the urgency of the climate crisis and showcase the diversity of pathways to creating resilient futures.

Time and Venue: 10:30-12:00, Zone B6, Building 73, Ghana Pavilion
15:00-16:30, Sri Lanka Pavilion


  • Aurelie Kalenga-Njimngou, Branch Manager, African Climate Reality Project
  • Fabrice Monteiro, Photographer and Visual Artist
  • Chibeze Ezekiel, Founder and Executive Coordinator, Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND)
  • Stephanie Lamma Ewi, Environmental and Climate Justice Advocate
  • Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC)

08 December 2023

Seminar on Belt and Road Green and Low-carbon Transition

On the occasion of 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and in response to the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing this October, COP28 serves as an important event for us to carry out in-depth discussion and case sharing on investment and financing cooperation in green development and the role of innovation in green and low-carbon energy transition under the framework of the BRI.

Time and Venue: 09:00 – 10:30  |  Zone B5, Building 58, China Pavilion

ICSC’s Executive Director Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz will speak in the Roundtable: Building Partnership for Investment and Financing in Green Development. The panelists are as follows:

  • Mr. Lei Hongpeng, Global Climate Director, CIFF
  • Mr. Du Le, Deputy General Manager, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP)
  • Mr. Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, Executive Director of Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities
  • Mr. Zhu Lianbin, Chairman of China Building Material Test & Certification Group Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Mustafa Sayed, Executive Director, Pakistan-China Institute

08 December 2023

Civil society perspectives (iGST) on the expected outcomes of the GST

The three regional hubs from Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean from the Independent Global Stocktake, will discuss the expected results of the first Global Stocktake (GST)and how it can be more effectively implemented in their regions. The objective is to emphasize the opportunities for their respective regions involving the technical and political information provided and the role of civil society in the subsequent stages.

Time and Venue: 10:00-11:00  |   Zone B7, Building 88 ‘Energy/Finance Zone’, Regional Climate Foundations Pavillion


  • Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis,  iGST Latin America Hub
  • Danica Marie Supnet, iGST Southeast Asia Hub
  • Representative from WASCAL for the iGST West Africa Hub
  • Representative from the iGST Equity Working Group
  • Representative from the  ClimateWorks Foundation

08 December 2023

The Future of Energy in Southeast Asia: Unlocking the Potential of Wind Power

The panel session on The Future of Energy in Southeast Asia: Unlocking the Potential of Wind Power” will discuss the role of wind, both onshore and offshore, in driving energy transition in Southeast Asia as well as the challenges and opportunities in creating an enabling landscape to unlock investments in wind power.

Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Location: Vietnam Pavilion
Organized by: Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP)

ICSC’s Energy Policy Director Roberto Emilio Hernandez is one of the panelists.

08 December 2023

Civil Society’s Role in the Global Shield against Climate Risk

The event seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of how civil society can effectively engage in Disaster Risk Finance and the Global Shield. We will critically examine expectations, and current processes, and emphasize the significance of leveraging established Multi-Actor Partnerships.

Time and Venue: 17:00-18:00, Zone B6, Building 73, Ghana Pavilion


  • Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, ICSC, Philippines
  • Emmanuel Seck, Enda Energie Senegal
  • Abena T. Asamoah-Okyere, Ministry of Finance, Ghana
  • Jennifer Phillips, Global Shield Secretariat
  • Magdalena Mirwald, UNU EHS/MCII (moderator)

09 December 2023

The Global Stocktake: Delivering ambitious systemic transformations for climate action

At COP28, negotiators must deliver a rapid response plan to the Global Stocktake that decarbonizes economies at a pace and depth scale not seen before, offers much more focus on building resilience to climate impacts, and significantly increases finance flowing toward climate solutions in developing countries. But once the final gavel drops, how can leaders translate signals from the Global Stocktake into tangible progress on the ground? 

Time and venue: 16:45-18:15, Zone B6 Building 79, Side Event (SE) Room 1


  • Ana Toni, head of the National Secretariat for Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Brazil
  • Manuel Pulgar Vidal, global leader of Climate & Energy, WWF
  • Sophie Boehm, Research Associate, World Resources Institute
  • Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
  • Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute (moderator)


02 December  2023

High-Level Side Event

Broadening Financial Strategies: Practical Approaches to Address Loss and Damage – The Global Shield against Climate Risks

Time and Venue:  10:00-11:00 |  Zone B6, Building 73, Ghana Pavilion

02 December  2023

Rising With the Tide: Tracking Reforms in the International Financial Architecture for Accelerated Development-Positive Climate Action

(High-Level event on the CVF-V20 – Global Stocktake on Climate Finance)

Time: 11:30 – 13:30  |  Zone B6, Building 73, Ghana Pavilion

*For more information about CVF and V20 events at COP28, visit https://www.v-20.org/events/cvf-v20-events-at-cop28.

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