COP28: UN-Climate Conference in Dubai 2023

Slider COP28 mit Logo

The 28th World Climate Conference took place in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023, presided over by the United Arab Emirates. Germanwatch was on site, providing coverage through blog posts and press releases, based on expertise and valuable background information.

Meldungen und Publikationen zur COP28


At the 28th climate negotiations in Dubai, the global community heralded the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. In the long term, all signatory states want to phase out coal, oil, and gas. What else was decided? What were the breakthroughs? And which decisions are rather disappointing? The Germanwatch debrief reviews the conference.

First analysis of COP28 in Dubai
The UN climate summit in Dubai concluded on 13 December after a 24-hour extension. While this year’s COP28 sends a strong signal overall, this should not distract from the weaknesses contained in the final decision, which could jeopardise implementation. The experts at Germanwatch have conducted an initial assessment of the negotiations, including the most important decisions and events. Their findings are presented here.

Published annually since 2005, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool for tracking the climate protection performance of 63 countries and the EU. It aims to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enables comparison of climate protection efforts and progress made by individual countries.

A statement from Germanwatch on terror and war in the Middle East – on the occasion of COP28 in Dubai
Germanwatch is an association that supports the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and related global goals on the basis of democracy and human rights. As such, it does not wish to remain silent on the terror and war taking place in the Middle East, which is, after all, not so far away from where the UN’s climate summit is taking place.
Expectations for COP28 Outcomes in Dubai

We take a look at the geopolitical situation providing the frame for the UN climate talks COP28 in Dubai and identify the most important topics for the negotiations. We also outline what we expect COP28 to deliver, in terms of decisions that mitigate climate change, build resilience and provide finance for the people who need it.


Slow-onset processes like sea level rise or desertification substantially impact people’s lives, but is still often neglected in the climate change context. Three studies conducted by Germanwatch and ENDA in 2021 have responded to these challenges. This fact sheet summarises key findings of the studies, based on recent policy developments and scientific findings. We have included key facts and figures to answer important questions, such as: What are slow-onset processes? What losses and damages do slow-onset processes cause? What approaches and measures are there to address loss and damage due to slow-onset processes?

Pages of the UN climate conferences (German)

2023: COP28 in Dubai

2022: COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh

2021: COP26 in Glasgow/UK

2019: COP25 in Madrid/Spanien

2018: COP24 in Katowice/Polen

2017: COP23 in Bonn/Deutschland

2016: COP22 in Marrakesch/Marokko

2015: COP21 in Paris/Frankreich

2014: COP20 in Lima/Peru



Archive: Background papers from past UN climate conferences 

Germanwatch has accompanied all UN climate conferences for many decades with information-rich background papers.
An overview of all publications can be found here >>.