The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) will convene from November 30 to December 12, 2023, at the Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This event comes at a crucial time as the world is struggling with record-breaking temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events, making urgent and imperative climate action. 

Over twelve days, world leaders, negotiators, government representatives and relevant stakeholders will meet to take stock of progress on the Paris Agreement and engage in forward-looking discussions to find concrete solutions to tackle climate change. 

What sets this year’s conference apart is the heightened focus on food and agriculture, more heightened than ever. 

The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) will be a prominent presence at COP 28, with a significant delegation of over 70 farmer representatives, led by President Arnold Puech d’Alissac, actively participating in the conference and bringing a strong united voice to the negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Food Systems and Climate Action Agenda of the COP 28 UAE Presidency. 

Throughout the event, WFO delegates will get involved in several panels and roundtable sessions to reiterate that farmers hold an essential part of the solution to climate change, and it is imperative to enable them to fulfil their role in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

Farmers, who suffer the brunt of the climate crisis, are also the most dedicated to finding solutions. Their participation and engagement at such an influential decision-making forum are paramount to ensuring their efforts are valued and properly recognised as solutions in the battle against climate change. 

WFO farmers’ delegation is already on its way to Dubai. Join us on our journey and advocate for #Farmers4Climate. Let’s make a difference! 

 To stay updated on WFO engagement and farmers’ participation in COP 28, follow @worldfarmersorg on X (formerly Twitter). Daily updates will be available. 

Daily sessions

COP/CMP/CMA/SBSTA/SBI Joint Opening Plenary

13:00 – 18:00 (GST), Plenary Al Hairat, Blue Zone


Leveraging Investment for Climate Adaptation through Food Systems

09:00 – 10:30 (GST), African Pavilion, Blue Zone

Together4Transparency exchange: Engaging Non-Party Stakeholders in the ETF

11:30 – 13:00 (GST), Meeting Room 36, Blue Zone

World Climate Action Summit (WCAS)

13:00 – 14:15 (GST), Al Waha Theatre, Blue Zone

Forestry communities: renewable energy and the bio-economy

15:30 – 17:00 (GST), Solar+ Pavillion, Blue Zone

Mandated Event: GST High-Level Event on Means of Implementation

09:00 – 11:00 (GST), TBC

Carbon Farming Collectives: Overcoming Vulnerability

11:00 – TBD (GST), Save Soil Pavilion, Blue Zone

Mandated Event: GST High-Level Event on Mitigation

14:00 – 16:00 (GST), TBC

Harmonizing Climate Efforts & Food Security: Perspectives from the Americas and Beyond in the SSJW Framework

17:00 – 18:00 (GST), IICA Pavillion, Blue Zone

2023 High-level Ministerial Dialogue on the New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance

10:00 – 13:00 (GST), TBC

WFO Gymnasium – GYMx Session: Harvesting Hope: Empowering Youth for Agricultural Sustainability

12:00 – 13:00 (GST), IICA Pavillion, Blue Zone

Commodities Disrupted: Finding the Right Balance Between Climate Policies, Global Trade and achieving Zero Hunger

14:30 – 15:30 (GST), ICC Partner Stage/Trade House, Thematic Arena 3

Integrating Regenerative Agriculture into the Finance Agenda

11:30 – 12:30 (GST), UNFCCC Pavillion, Blue Zone

Nurturing Equitable Food Systems Through Innovation for Farmers and Youth

15:30 – 16:30 (GST), Food Systems Pavilion, Blue Zone

Food Security on a Boiling Planet

15:30 – 16:30 (GST), TBC

Trading for Tomorrow: Ensuring Food Systems Trade Contribute to a Successful Response to the Climate Crisis

17:00 – 18:00 (GST), Food Systems Pavilion, Blue Zone

COP28 Action Agenda on Regenerative Landscapes

18:30 – 20:00 (GST), TBC

Activating and Enabling Soil as a Strategic Tool

09:30 – 10:30 (GST), Food Systems Pavillion, Blue Zone

Mobilising Biomass Sustainably for Meeting Global Climate Goals

10:00 – TBC (GST), REAction Pavilion, Blue Zone

Regenerative Agriculture: Integrating Technologies, Practices, Capacity Building for Holistic and Sustained Climate Action

11:00 – 12:00 (GST), Food Systems Pavillion, Blue Zone

How Animal-Sourced Food Nourish the World in Times of Climate Change

11:30 – 13:00 (GST), SE Room 9 , Blue Zone

Business Leadership on Climate Innovation in the Food and Agriculture Sector

15:30 – 16:30 (GST), Nature Positive Pavilion, Blue Zone

Putting Smallholder Producers First: How can we Ensure the Future of Farming and Food Amidst the Climate Crisis?

10:30 – 12:00 (GST), Food Systems Pavillion, Blue Zone

WFO co-organised Side Event: A Farmer-Driven Agenda to Advance Climate Action and Food Security through Cooperation and Innovation

11:30 – 13:00 (GST), SE Room 8, Blue Zone

COOP28: Green Food Finance Driving the Change Toward Sustainable Food Systems

18:00 – 20:00 (GST), Online

Connection to Territories: Youth and Land Rights

18:30 – 19:30 (GST), TBD

WFO Gymnasium Graduation Ceremony

16:00 – 18:30 (GST), Two Seasons Hotel, Dubai

Young Water Professionals’ Debate on Climate and Water Management

11:00 – 12:00 (GST), Water Pavilion, Blue Zone

Agri-Food Systems Summit

Session: Climate Leaders Insight

12:10 – 12:25 (GST), Climate Action Innovation Zone (Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, UAE)

Harvesting Equality: Collaborative Investments solutions for Climate Action

11:30 – 12:15 (GST), Slovenian Pavilion, Blue Zone

Second High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance regarding information to be provided by Parties in accordance with Article 9, paragraph 5, of the Paris Agreement

15:00 – 18:00 (GST), TBC

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees – Or Does it?

TBC, UK Pavilion, Blue Zone

The Missing Perspective: Engaging Farmers in the Climate Conversation

10:30 – 11:30 (GST), IICA Pavilion, Blue Zone

How Can Businesses Work With and Invest in Farmers to Enable More Sustainable Production

10:30 – 12:00 (GST), ICC Pavilion – Blue Zone

Conscious Livestock Rearing and Soil Health

11:00 – 12:00 (GST), Save Soil Pavilion, Blue Zone

A Farmer-Centric Approach to Market Creation and Standard Setting for Carbon and Nature

11:30 – 13:00 (GST), SE Room 9 (125 pax)

WFO Gymnasium – GYMx Session: Youth as the Caretaker of Nature for Tomorrow

14:00 – 15:00 (GST), ICC Pavillion, Blue Zone

WFO Gymnasium – GYMx Session: Powering Change: Sustainability and the Future of Food

14:00 – 15:00 (GST), Renewable Energy Association (REA) Pavillion, Blue Zone

WFO Gymnasium – GYMx Session: TBD

15:00 – 16.00 (GST), Renewable Energy Association (REA) Pavillion, Blue Zone

WFO Gymnasium – GYMx Session: Cultivating Resilience: Exploring the Interconnected Impact of Agriculture and Renewable Energy

16:00 – 17.00 (GST), Renewable Energy Association (REA) Pavillion, Blue Zone

From Commitment to Action: How Can Existing Initiatives and Tools Help Advance COP28 Food Systems Transformation Agenda?

16:00 – 17.15, Food and Agriculture Pavilion, Blue Zone

Unlocking Investments for Youth-Driven Innovation Towards Climate-Smart Sustainable Food Systems

18:30 – 20:00 (GST), COP Connect Space (DP World Pavilion rooftop), Green Zone

Resumed high-level segment


Intergenerational dialogue for water-food-climate resilience

09:00 – 10:00 (GST), Water Pavilion – Blue Zone

Climate Resilient, Net Zero Food Systems: Case Studies from the Global North and South

09:00 – 10:00 (GST), UK Pavilion – Blue Zone

High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Building Water-Resilient Food Systems

09:00 – 10:30 (GST), Presidency Roundtable Room, Blue Room, Blue Zone

Farmers and Traditional Food Producers at the Heart of Food Systems Transformation

09:00 – 10:30 (GST), TBC

Same Questions, Different Solutions: Changemakers of Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

10:00 – 10:45 (GST), Finland Pavilion, Blue Zone

COP to COP: Driving Progress on the Emirates Declaration

10:00 – 11:00 (GST), ICC Pavilion, Blue Zone

Taking Stock of Climate Action on Water “Hydrating Climate Action”

Session: Produce & Reuse

10:00 – 11:00 (GST), Arena 1 (Al Hur), Global Climate Action Hub, Blue Zone

Putting forward a definition for Regenerative Agriculture

10:30 – 11:30 (GST), IICA Pavilion, Blue Zone

Promoting Equity in Food Systems: Investing Partnership to Combat Climate Change

12:00 – 13:00 (GST), Zayed Sustainability Prize Pavilion, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone

Cultivating Soil Health for Sustainable Food Systems

13:00 – 13:45 (GST), Estonian Pavilion, Blue Zone

Launch of UNFCCC Partnership on Water-Resilient Food Systems

13:00 – 14:30 (GST), Water Pavilion, Blue Zone

Shaping Sustainable Food Systems: Trade Dynamics and Agricultural Policies

13:30 – 14:30 (GST), Trade Pavilion, Blue Zone

FAST Inception Meeting

14:00 – 15:00 (GST), TBC

Guidance for Harmonized Regenerative Outcomes Measurement: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue

14:30 – 15:30 (GST), Food and Agriculture Pavilion, Blue Zone

Rights-Based Approaches to Food & Water: Stories of Hope and Resilience

16:15 – 17:45 (GST), Commonwealth Pavilion- Blue Zone

Resumed high-level segment


Early Warning, Income Diversification & Food System Transformation for Resilience Building in Africa

13:15 – 14:45 (GST), SE Room 6, Blue Zone

Climate Resilient and Sustainable Policies and Practices to Empower Women and Young Farmers

11:00 – 12:00 (GST), Fao Pavillion, Blue Zone