IMO at COP 28


The 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30th November 2023 to 12th December 2023.

IMO will participate in the conference to showcase its commitment to reduce GHG emissions from shipping and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IMO actively participates in each COP and other relevant UNFCCC meetings, as appropriate. IMO reports to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) are available here.

Please see below for information on more maritime-related events at COP 28.

Global Stocktake

The first Global Stocktake of the implementation of the Paris Agreement will conclude at COP 28.

IMO's submission for the first Global Stocktake is available here.

IMO's objectives for COP 28

IMO's main objectives for the Dubai Climate Change Conference (COP 28) are, in all communications, to seek to make clear that:

  • international shipping is indispensable to the world and is a vital industry to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the global energy transition; and
  • as its track record to date so clearly demonstrates, including through the adoption of the 2023 IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships in July 2023, IMO is the appropriate international body to continue work to address GHG emissions from ships engaged in international trade.

Maritime-related events at COP 28 (see also COP 28 side events)

Event Organizer/participation Day/time Location
59th Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 59) IMO Secretariat to update on IMO's work under agenda item 12(b) – "Emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport"With IMO participationThursday, 30 November to 6 December 2023Conference venue
Green Shipping Leading the Global Energy TransitionDenmark, France, US and Norway

Friday, 01 December 2023, 15:30—16:30 MR 12 Classroom
Innovation and clean energy for international aviation and shipping ICAO, IMO, IRENA Saturday, 02 December 2023, 18:30—20:00SE Room 3 (125 pax)
Decarbonising shipping and logistics
WTOSaturday, 02 December 2023, 10:30-11:30Tradehouse Pavilion
Decarbonization to support the achievement of NDC and Net Zero Emission TargetIndonesia with IMO participation Saturday, 02 December 2023, 12:00-13:20Indonesian Pavilion 
Coordinating for greater ocean-based climate change ambition: A UN-Oceans perspectiveOLA, FAO, IOC/UNESCO, IAEA, UNFCCC, UNCTAD, UNDPMonday, 04 December 2023, 11:30 -13:00

SE Room 7 (125 pax)
Ocean-Climate-Society: the UNFCCC & ocean mitigation, adaptation, finance and capacity building
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), 
Blue Marine Foundation, European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD), 
Fondation BNP Paribas (Fondation BNP Paribas)
Monday, 04 December 2023, 15:00 -16:30
SE Room 7 (125 pax)
Conversation on the current status, challenges, and opportunities from decarbonizing aviation and maritime sectorsKing Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)Monday, 04 December 2023, 15:00 -15:45

Blue Zone Thematic Arena 4
Maritime resilience event

Resilience Rising, Arup, LRF Monday, 04 December 2023, 17:45-18:45

Resilience Hub

Fueling the green transition: how to radically increase the world’s production of green fuelsMærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, DP World, Topsoe and MAN Energy-SolutionsTuesday, 5 December 2023, 12:30 - 13:30 Danish Pavilion
Staying on Course for 1.5: Africa's Role In Accelerating Shipping’s Green TransitionSustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), Lloyd's Register (LR)Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 15:00 - 16:30SE Room 6 (125 pax)
The vital role of ship recycling-reducing global GHG emissions and contributing to circular economy The Baltic And International Maritime Council (BIMCO), Vanderbilt University, with IMO participation
Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 16:45 -18:15
SE Room 6 (125 pax)

Decarbonizing Maritime Ports of Los Angeles U.S. Department of Transportation, Port of Los Angeles, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, Aspen Institute, and U.S. Department of EnergyWednesday, 6 December 2023, 08:30 – 09:30U.S. Center
Can Shipping Help Save the Ocean? A dialogue on Science, Education and Informed Policy-Making 
U.S. Department of Transportation, Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and U.S. NOAAWednesday, 6 December 2023,12:30 – 13:30Ocean Pavillion, Main Theatre 
Towards Green Shipping by 2050Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 10:00 -10:45Korea Pavilion
Nordic green shipping event

Nordic CooperationWednesday, 6 December 2023, 10:30-11:30

Nordic Pavilion
Stop Arctic meltdown - a Call for Rapid Action by Shipping to Slow Arctic Melting
Clean Arctic Alliance

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 11:30 - 12:30 Cryosphere Pavilion
Green corridors: a how to-guideMærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, the government of Chile and NYK LineWednesday, 6 December 2023, 11:40 - 12:30 Danish Pavilion
A Voyage Together: Collaboration and the transition to zero emission shipping

Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandWednesday, 6 December 2023, 12:00-13:00UK Pavilion
Navigating the Future: Boosting sustainable alternative fuels in shipping

European CommissionWednesday, 6 December 2023, 12:00-13:30

EU Pavilion
Accelerating decarbonization of shipping with hydrogen-based fuelsMærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, 
Rocky Mountain Institute, UN Foundation, Hydrogen Council, World Economic Forum and Global Maritime Forum
Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 13:00 - 12:00 Global Climate Action Zone
Voyage to Net Zero Forum

To register: here
Maritime Port Authority  of Singapore (MPA) with IMO participation

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 15:00 - 17:30 Singapore Pavilion
Navigating the Future: Bridging shipping, biodiversity, and decarbonization

Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), UNF, CCTFriday, 8 December 2023, 11:30-13:00
State of Green Pavilion

The 2023 IMO GHG Strategy: defining the global level-playing-field for shipping decarbonizationIMO, UNCTAD, IRENA Saturday, 9 December 2023, 11:30-13:00SE Room 4 (125 pax)
The Green Shipping Challenge: Accelerating the Zero Emission Transition U.S. Department of State, C40 Cities, and the Aspen Institute Saturday, 9 December 2023, 09:00-10:00 U.S. Center
Ocean High Level Event: Powering ocean breakthroughs with 100% sustainable ocean management

COP28, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy; Ocean Action 2030; Ocean & Climate Platform on behalf of the Marrakech Partnership; High-Level Climate ChampionsSaturday, 9 December 2023, 14:00-15:00Al Waha Theatre
Decarbonizing ocean-based sectors through trade, investment, and technology policiesUNCTAD with FAO, IMO, UNWTO, OECS and IOISaturday, 9 December 2023, 15:00-16:00 Trade House Pavilion
High-Level Maritime Roundtable: Shipping as a leading sector for climate action: turning commitment into action and to advance the energy transition
COP Presidency (UAE), IMO, ICS and UN Foundation.
Saturday, 9 December 2023, 16:30-17:30 
 WCAS Theatre

See also the programme of shipping related events prepared by the Shipping Lead, Climate Champions Team here.