COP28 UAE Presidency convened leading economists in the UAE

The COP28 Presidency convened the Independent High-level Expert Group (IHLEG) on Climate Finance in the UAE to drive progress on steps to reform international finance, ahead of COP28.

The two-day meeting from 15-16 August, held at the Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM), brought together world-leading economists, private sector leaders, the COP28 Presidency and UN Climate Change high level champions.

IHLEG develops and presents policy options and recommendations to enable the public and private investments necessary for the delivery of the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement. The discussions were designed to prepare the ground for COP28 and ensure that the two-week summit delivers tangible action on the reform of international finance.

IHLEG will evaluate progress on the climate finance landscape and develop a roadmap of actions needed up to, and during, COP28 and beyond to COP29 and COP30. The ultimate goal of IHLEG is to advance a holistic financial framework for resource mobilisation to deliver an equitable and efficient climate finance system, as set out in the Paris Agreement and Glasgow Pact, and start its implementation.

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