As growing climate change impacts are experienced across the globe, the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall is unambiguous. The world needs system-wide, fair, and equal transformations to decarbonize high-emitting sectors and bridge the emissions gap. Against the backdrop of the main findings of UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2023, this side event had a special focus on discussions on just energy transition in low- and middle-income countries and the potential synergies and trade-offs in jointly pursuing development and decarbonization agendas. The expert panel contextualized the discussion and explored South Africa’s efforts, making links to similar synergies and opportunities for other emerging economies.


  • Moderator: Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute
  • Anne Olhoff, Senior International Advisor, CONCITO
  • Neil Cole, Presidency of the Republic of South Africa – JETP Project Management Unit
  • Jinsum Lim, International Energy Agency
  • Greg Muttitt, Lead Author of the EGR 2023, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Yacob Mulugetta, Lead Author of the EGR 2023, University College London
  • Fatima Denton, Contributing author of the EGR 2023, United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
COP28: Early retirement of fossil fuel assets
Venue IDFC pavilion, Blue Zone
Date 11 Dec 2023
Start time 06:30 pm

This side event aimed to support development banks to learn how they could best mobilise finance to enable ambitious early retirement...

COP28: Turning the Global Stocktake into Action on the Ground
Venue SE Room 1, Zone B6
Date 09 Dec 2023
Start time 04:45 pm

At COP28, negotiators must deliver a rapid response plan to the Global Stocktake that decarbonizes economies at a pace and depth scale...

COP28: Funding the Green Transition: Navigating Developing Countries’ Climate Finance Needs
Venue SE Room 8, Zone B6
Date 09 Dec 2023
Start time 03:00 pm

In the context of the Global Stocktake and negotiations on the NCQC to mobilise climate finance, this side event discussed articulation...

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