The Club of Rome at the UN Climate talks

The Club of Rome at the UN Climate talks
30-12 November 2023

As new temperature records are being repeatedly set and climate impacts felt in wildfires, floods, storms and droughts worldwide, the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) should be a milestone moment for humanity. The first Global Stocktake (GST) will take place at COP28 and will provide a comprehensive assessment of progress on the Paris Agreement. It is clear that we are not on track to meet key goals of the agreement; limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and aligning finance flows with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

The COP process is in urgent need of reform, as the current negotiations are not working, the window for action is closing and failure to act risks crossing irreversible Earth tipping points. Systems change has to happen and we need a radical shift that includes a total phase out of fossil fuels.

Representatives from the Club of Rome will be at COP 28 from 1 December 2023 to 10 December 2023. For queries please send an email to:

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Strategies for amplifying the call for COP reform

Friday, 1 December 09:00-10:00 GST
Location: Blue Zone, Global Commons Pavillion in the Natures Building.

In the wake of the publication of the COP Reform Letter, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of The Club of Rome and Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Director, will co-host a dynamic roundtable to gather co-signatories and influential stakeholders to collaborate on strategies for amplifying the call for COP reform. The reform agenda is both ambitious and actionable, centering on prioritising delivery and action, anchoring discussions in cutting-edge science, fostering smaller, more frequent working sessions, incorporating non-state actor solutions and amplifying diverse voices, including those of indigenous people and youth.

We Don’t Have Time – Welcome to the COP28 Climate Hub

Friday, 1 December 12:30-13:00 GST
Location: Blue Zone, Studio 16, located within the Visitor Centre 9 rooftop
More information and to register.

What is happening at COP28? And what will be the main challenges? Live from the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 in Dubai, UAE Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-president of The Club of Rome, will speak at the We Don’t Have Time public broadcasting hub exploring crucial topics connected to the climate crisis, such as fossil fuel phase-out and the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Speakers include: Nick Nuttall, Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don’t Have Time, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president, Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, Host, We Don’t Have Time, Ingmar Rentzhog, Founder & CEO, We Don’t Have Time, Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Risk and behavioral scientist, CEO of North America, We Don’t Have Time, Alex Rafalowicz, Executive Director, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and Johan Falk, CEO & Co-founder, Exponential Roadmap Initiative.


Saturday, 2 December 14:00-15:00 GST
Location: Global Innovation Hub Pavilion  

This Frontiers panel session aims to explore the best setup for transformational science to unlock breakthrough, scalable solutions for our planet. Its objective is to highlight the significance and functioning of relevant platforms, initiatives, and open science outlets that facilitate the emergence of impactful solutions. This session will draw upon the expertise of diverse stakeholders, to delve into a critical examination of the key obstacles and challenges that must be addressed today to fully harness the potential of transformational science as the basis of policy discourse. The panel will also evaluate the most effective mechanisms for fostering trust in science and promoting its wide dissemination through policy, education and industry. 

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president, Carlos Peres, Planet Prize winner, Dominic Waughray, WBCSD3, Lars Peter Riishojgard, WMO, Joeri Rogelj, Grantham Institute, Fred Fenter, Chief Executive Editor, Frontiers and Wendy Broadgate, Future Earth (potential moderator).


Sunday, 3 December 12:00 GST
Location: Blue Zone  

Welcome to our public broadcasting hub at the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 in Dubai, UAE. Together with our partners, we will explore the challenges and solutions to the climate crisis. We will bring in company leaders, policy-makers, civil society leaders, and climate experts to talk about finance, policy, digitalisation and nature-based solutions as we closely follow the negotiations on-site in Dubai. With our Future Voices Youth Empowerment Hub, we will also expand the opportunities for young individuals to influence global leaders and decision-makers at COP28.

Hosted by Nick Nuttall and Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson from We Don’t Have Time. Speakers include Ingmar Rentzhog, Founder & CEO, We Don’t Have Time, Per Espen Stoknes, Associate Professor, BI Norwegian Business School and Belén Páez, President, Fundación Pachamama.


Monday, 4 December 07:00-08:15 GST
Location: The Marina Hotel

Business model transformation and decarbonisation require a coordinated and cross-industry approach. Although the emissions that result from a companies’ value chain, also known as scope 3, are the hardest to measure, and hold industry accountable for, they represent the largest share of a company’s carbon footprint. This event organised by The New York Times will look at how policies and standards can accelerate decarbonisation and circularity, whilst advancing sustainable business practices.

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president, Sophia Mendelsohn, Chief Sustainability and Commercial Officer at SAP and Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman at Schneider Electric.
Moderated by Stephan Dunbar-Johnson, President International of The New York Times.


Monday, 4 December 10:30-11:00 GST
Location: Female Quotient, Future Mobility Hub 

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president will speak at the opening ceremony of this event where thought leaders will examine the intrinsic connection between gender equality and climate resilience – an exploration and celebration of collective power- every voice, every action counts. 

Speakers include Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president, Sophie Lambin, KITE Insights, CEO, Leslie Johnston, Laudes Foundation, CEO and Kathy McLeod, Climate Resilience for All, CEO.


Monday, 4 December 14:30-15:30 GST
Location: TA1-135 GF (Map in email) Arizona State University Pavilion, Blue Zone
More information.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president will be part of a panel discussion with the Global Futures Laboratory and the Earth League identifying the most crucial outcomes that COP should aim for to expedite the transition toward food systems transformations, global warming mitigation and carbon removal. Discussion will examine how we can enhance the integration of scientific insights and policy decisions at the international level within the context of the COP, and identify what strategies or mechanisms are essential to foster greater exchange between these realms.

Opening: Peter Schlosser, Global Futures, Vice-president and Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Director.
Panelists: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president and Laura Pereira, The University of the Witwatersrand, Associate professor (TBC).


Monday, 4 December 16:00-16:30 GST
Location: Female Quotient, Future Mobility Hub 

Take a seat at the table where female leaders, negotiators, and activists are not just seen but heard, making monumental contributions to global climate policies. This panel will showcase the remarkable work done by women shaping climate policies and advocate for more inclusive and gender-responsive climate agreements. 

Panelists: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president , Carine de Meyere, Women of the World founder, Leslie Johnston, Laudes Foundation,  CEO and Sophie Lambin, KITE Insights, CEO.


Wednesday, 6 December 09:00-10:00
Location: Blue Zone, Resilience Hub 

COP28 in Dubai will mark the 1st year since the start of the Roof Over Our Heads campaign which conducted labs in 17 settlements across nine cities in India providing valuable insights into the housing challenges faced by women and their communities in the face of extreme climate impacts on their homes. The campaign has been set up by Club of Rome member Sheela Patel who will lead this session. She will be joined by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president and High Level Climate Champion for COP28, HE Razan Al Mubarak who will launch a publication showcasing the campaign’s one-year journey.


Wednesday, 6 December 17:30-19:30
Location: Kyu House, Alkersal Avenue

SYPartners and the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation have boldly imagined and explored future visions with leaders and organisations. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president will join an extraordinary group of global leaders to explore how they use vision to advance their own climate work.

Speakers include Sandrine Dixson-Declève, The Club of Rome co-president, Pradeep Sharma, Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Laura Anne Edwards, Data Oasis, Vijay Kumar Thallam, Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Walter Link, NOW Partners and Rie Norregaard-Madsen, SYPartners.


Friday, 8 December 13:00-14:30
Location: Women’s Pavillion, Green Zone

The Club of Rome co-president Sandrine Dixson-Declève will speak at a multi-stakeholder dialogue exploring opportunities to create new areas of collaboration among those involved in addressing the interconnected crisis of climate and nature and its impacts on people. New risks are emerging in the already complex planetary crisis, contributing to rising inequalities and unprecedented impacts on the most vulnerable, heightened political instability, increased frequency of conflicts, pandemics, and economic shocks, just to name a few. These require new solutions and, importantly, new ways of seeing, being and working: a commitment to collaborate that makes a systemic transformation of society possible.

The dialogue will spotlight inspirational women leaders and high-level representatives from Member States, UN agencies, private sector, indigenous communities, farmers, and youth in a spirit of shared leadership, while championing a 50:50 vision for gender balance, as well as inclusion and diversity. The event is hosted by Kite Insights, SHE Changes Climate, Women of the World and UNFCCC High-level champions.


Saturday, 9 December 16:30-18:00
Location: Blue Zone, Al Waha Theatre  

World leaders will look at the progress made to date on halting and reversing forest lost, and how coalitions of governments can work together to develop a positive economy.  They will also address the financial instruments needed such as carbon markets, and debt and nature swaps. The Club of Rome co-president Sandrine Dixson-Declève will moderate the panel with leaders from Costa Rica, France, Kenya, Canada and the Republic of China.


Saturday, 10 December 10:30-12:00
Location: Connect Conference Auditorium, Green Zone 

Shifting consumption and reducing food loss and waste are crucial to address climate change. The Club of Rome is part of the Transforming Urban-Rural Food Systems (TURFS) consortium who have organised this event to engage stakeholders with actionable solutions for more sustainable consumption patterns, promoting healthier food choices, and reducing food loss and waste. The session will focus on outcomes, future policies and investments in healthy, affordable, and sustainable consumption and food loss and waste across urban-rural areas.

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