Conference of the Parties

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) will take place from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai, UAE.

Since the mid-1990s, the United Nations has been bringing together a ‘Conference of the Parties’ or COP, to convene almost every country from around the world for annual climate summits.

In November, world leaders, as well as civil society, business and concerned citizens, will convene in Dubai to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Latest Developments

To hear experts provide context and on-the-ground COP27 updates, follow the Climate Talks podcast.

At COP27, Melbourne Climate Futures, in partnership with the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA) presented Adaptation priorities in the Indo-Pacific and Africa: Co-designed knowledge and solutions.

The session explored key adaptation needs, priorities and options in Africa and the Indo-Pacific region. It highlighted the importance of adaptation and just transition, dangers of loss and damage, and urgent need to increase action and support for both, including through co-designed hubs.

Speakers: Aromar Revi, Indian Institute for Human Settlements; Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Republic of Marshall Islands; Jessica Omukuti, University of Oxford; Yvonne Githiora, University of Nairobi; Kathryn Bowen, University of Melbourne; Janine Felson, University of Melbourne.


30 November – 12 December

COP28, Dubai

13–15 October

IMF/World Bank Fall meeting, DC

10 October

Climate Futures Summit 2023

12–30 September

UNGA78 + UN climate summit, New York

9–10 September

G20 Leaders Summit

5–15 June

UN Climate Conference, Bonn

23 May

Australian Federal Budget

19–21 May

G7 Leaders Summit

21–23 April

IMF/World Bank Spring meeting

14–21 March

IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report

16–20 January

World Economic Forum


20 November 2022

CO27 Closing Plenary is delivered with breakthrough on loss and damage

6–18 November 2022

COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

30–31 October 2022

G20 Leaders’ Summit, Bali, Indonesia

13–27 September 2022

United Nations General Assembly in New York

1 September 2022

IPCC ARC6 Full Synthesis report publication

3–10 July 2022


27 June–1 July 2022

Oceans Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

26–30 June 2022

World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland

26–28 June 2022

G7 Leaders’ Summit Meeting, Germany

2–3 June 2022

Stockholm 50+ to commemorate the 1972 UN Conference on the Environment and 50 years of global environmental action, in Stockholm, Sweden

20 May 2022

World Meteorology Day

May 2022

Australian Federal Election

25 April–8 May 2022

COP15 Convention on Biological Diversity (Pt 2) in Kunming, China

4 April 2022

IPCC Working Group III – Mitigation report publication

28 February 2022

IPCC Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability report publication


1-12 November 2021

COP26 in Glasgow

30-31 October 2021

G20 Leaders' Summit in Rome, Italy

15 October 2021

G20: Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors

11-15 October 2021

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 15

October 2021

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit

October 2021

2020 Biennial Assessment Presentation (UNFCCC)

30 September 2021

‘Pre-COP’ in Milan, the final official ministerial meeting ahead of the COP.

28 September - 2 October 2021

‘Pre-COP’ in Milan, the final official ministerial meeting ahead of the COP.

28-30 September 2021

‘Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition’ to bring together youth delegates ahead of the Pre-COP in Milan.

24 September 2021

High-level Dialogue on Energy; SDG Action Zone, climate day

23 September 2021

Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security

14-30 September 2021

UN General Assembly (UNGA)

17, 31 August & 1 September 2021

Informal meeting on Loss and Damage

7 August 2021

Monday’s IPCC report is a really big deal for climate change. So what is it? And why should we trust it?, writes Professor David Karoly in the Conversation.

25-26 July 2021

Incoming COP 26 Presidency's July Ministerial

9, 11, 22-23 July 2021

G20: Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors, International Conference on Climate Change, Environment Ministers, Climate & Energy Ministers

23, 28, 29 June & 7-9 July 2021

Informal meeting on the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage, Informal meeting on oceans and climate, Informal ministerial consultations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, Informal Presidency workshop on the Global Goal on Adaptation

23 June 2021

'Net zero by 2050? Even if Scott Morrison gets the Nationals on board, hold the applause', Senior Research Fellow Peter Christoff writes in the Conversation.

11-13 June 2021

G7 leaders convene at the Cornwell Summit aiming to build back better from COVID-19 and generate momentum towards a greener future.

31 May - 17 June 2021

UN Climate Change Conference (Virtual)

19 May 2021

Informal Presidency workshop on the Global Goal on Adaptation

17-21 May 2021

Watch MCF Director Prof Jackie Peel’s on-demand presentation at ClimateExp0 ‘Investor Leadership on Climate Change? Signs of building momentum in Australia’.

6-7 May 2021

12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue

26 April 2021

Informal meeting on the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage

23 April 2021

US President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate Change. See reflections from MCF Director Prof Jackie Peel here: ‘Five Things We Learned from the Biden Climate Summit’.

23 March 2021

Watch the videos from MCF's launch event here.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (‘COP26’) took place from 1-12 November 2021, hosted by the United Kingdom in Glasgow.

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