Agreements at the conference in Dubai produce developments for the climate agenda in Brazil

iCS and its partners actively participated at COP 28, in Dubai. The Institute, for example, joined forces with the Arapyaú Institute, the AYA Institute, the Igarapé Institute, the Itaúsa Institute, the Open Society Foundations and Uma Concertação pela Amazônia to announce the Climate Finance Forum, a parallel event to the G20 Finance meeting, which will take place in February 2024, in São Paulo. Representatives from the institutions (photo below), including the Executive Director of iCS, Maria Netto, met in Dubai with Fernando Haddad, the Minister of Finance, to present the project.

iCS and partners with the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad. Credit: Disclosure

Organizations from the Amazon formed the “COP 30 Committee” during COP 28 to guarantee civil society a voice at the climate conference in Belém, in 2025. The Committee seeks to expand the participation, proposing climate policies and creating “Yellow Zones” to involve peripheral areas. The focus is to direct investments to the most affected communities and to leave a legacy of effective climate action in the Amazon. The Committee positions itself as a link between civil society, the governing authorities and the UNFCCC, evolving from the Paris Agreement up to COP 30.

The Philanthropy Pavilion, in its first edition at the Climate Convention, was also a success and hosted a series of events about how financing can support the collaboration between the Global South-South when the topic is climate change, adaptation and a just and inclusive energy transition.

The Onda Verde [Green Wave] Platform had its international launch in Dubai. Climate Ventures and the UN Global Compact in Brazil organized the panel “Technology and data intelligence to promote collective corporate actions in favor of NetZero.” It involved Natalie Unterstell, the president of the Talanoa Institute, Maria Netto, the executive director of the Institute for Climate and Society (iCS), Walid Sheta, the president for the Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric and Fábio Galindo, the CEO of Future Carbon. The tool connects companies, academia, civil society and governments in the exchange of experiences and green businesses.

Launch of the Onda Verde Platform, by Climate Ventures. Credit: Marisa Bastos

iCS and its partners participated in a series of debates, with the presentation of studies and solutions for the climate agenda. One of the venues was the Brazil Pavilion, organized by the federal government, and which had facilitation support for its curatorship from the Brazil Climate Action Hub in order to guarantee the broad participation of Brazilian civil society in the space.

Maria Netto, the executive director of iCS, also participated in other meetings. This included the important side event organized by the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), the COP28 Presidency and the High-Level Climate Change Champions, alongside partners such as WRI: “Enhancing Food and Nature Linkages for Climate Action.”

The positioning of iCS regarding COP28 can be found on this link.

Maria Netto and Ani Dasgupta, the president and CEO of WRI. Credit: Marisa Bastos


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