COP28: outcomes, achievements, and costs

Outcomes, achievements, and costs associated with the Scottish Government’s presence at the 2023 COP28 (climate change) event.

Scottish Government activities at COP28

Please see a list below of key activities undertaken by the First Minister and the then Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition at COP28. A comprehensive list for each minister is proactively released.

  • bilateral meeting with Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados
  • bilateral with Hakainde Hichilema, President of Zambia
  • bilateral meeting with Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
  • bilateral with Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Third Vice-President of the Government of Spain
  • bilateral with Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
  • bilateral with Agnés Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition – France
  • bilaterals with His Excellency Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade and Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri Uae Minister for Environment and Climate Change
  • keynote speech at the COP28 Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) Summit- Financing Survival
  • bilateral with Dr. Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank
  • participation in panels as part of the Local Climate Action Summit
  • attendance at the Under2 General Assembly
  • meetings with youth and gender focused climate activists and associated organisations including YOUNGO, the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition and the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation
  • remarks at the COP Presidency UNFCCC Open Dialogue session

As part of the COP 28 Business Programme the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary also:

  • hosted the St Andrew’s day reception which showcased the sustainable produce from 21 Scottish food and drink companies to over 250 guests
  • launched the COP 28 Scottish Business Programme at a business breakfast event
  • spoke at a joint session hosted by the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet and Hermes on proposals for innovative investment solutions for climate finance
  • delivered a keynote speech at the GEFI COP28 Climate Finance Summit attended by over 250 participants from across the international financial services sector
  • participated in a panel discussion promoting the Scottish space sector’s contribution to Net Zero
  • spoke at a UN Trade Day event promoting the use of trading systems to scale up breakthrough trade technologies and support a just transition
  • spoke at UN Trade Day event focussing on strengthening supply chain resilience and navigating global disruption
  • engaged with our GlobalScot volunteers in the UAE
  • hosted a reception at the University of Strathclyde campus in the UAE
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