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30 November 2023– 12 December 2023,
Dubai, UAE

Monday, 4 December 2023

  • 05:1506:30 GMT  –  Blue Zone - UNCTAD & UAE: Trade Day

    The session will address how trade policy and the multilateral system can facilitate an enabling international trade and investment environment that will help to secure energy transition-related value chains while increasing mineral-rich countries' benefits by fostering 'on-site' value addition and, thereby, creating socio-economic development opportunities.   The objective is to forge consensus on the need to foster domestic value-addition to critical minerals in producing developing countries to increase supply chains resilience, and sustainability, and to ensure fairer distribution of benefits from trade in critical minerals-based products to all value chain participants.



    • Rohitesh Dhawan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ICMM

    Remaining speakers to be confirmed

  • 11:3012:10 GMT  –  Side Event - Climate Action’s Sustainable Innovation Forum: Harnessing critical materials

    The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2023 returns for its 15th annual edition during COP, organised by Climate Action, bringing together 1,000 global sustainability leaders across all sectors including business, government, cities, finance, and civil society to promote transformative innovation and tangible climate action to help us go further, faster together.  

    Taking place from 4-5 December during COP28 within the Climate Action Innovation Zone at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre in Dubai, this strategic location offers easy access to the Forum without requiring COP28 Blue Zone accreditation, ensuring an inclusive platform and gathering for all key stakeholders and decision-makers.

    Don’t miss out on this chance to make a real impact at COP28. Show your commitment to the global sustainability and climate agenda by joining us. With multiple networking opportunities, it is an ideal opportunity to connect with climate leaders, pioneers and practitioners at COP.


    • Rohitesh Dhawan, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)
    • Daiva Garbaliauskaite, Vice-Minister of Energy, Republic of Lithuania
    • Ruth Coutto, Acting Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, UNEP

    Remaining speakers to be confirmed

Tuesday, 5 December 2023

  • 08:1009:00 GMT  –  Blue Zone - Future Minerals Forum (FMF): ‘The role of minerals in the energy transition’

    CEO Rohitesh Dhawan is speaking on a panel. The session will be opened by His Excellency Bandar Al-Khorayef, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabian government. immediately followed by a panel discussion with His Excellency, Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Vice-Minister for Mining Affairs; Gerd Müller, Director General of UNIDO; and Robert Wilt, Chief Executive Officer of Ma’aden. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2023

  • 09:1510:45 GMT  –  Blue Zone  - Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Government of Philippines: Sustainable mineral supplies for the energy transition: why responsible mining matters


    Blue Zone
  • 11:0012:00 GMT  –  Blue Zone - Energy Transition: The world can count on Brazil

    The panel should highlight that Brazil is committed to a fair energy transition and has the potential to become an important global player. The panel work on two questions: (i) why Brazil?; (ii) how can Brazil contribute to the global agenda? Despite being the 5th largest emitter in the world, Brazil has a differentiated emissions profile and is heavily concentrated on land use and deforestation, which makes it possible for the country to make a rapid transition and becomes the first G20 country to reach the carbon neutrality. There are opportunities to combine economic development and ambitious decarbonization targets, as well as the introduction of new technologies, such as low-carbon hydrogen, carbon capture, SAF and green diesel, fundamental to green reindustrialization.


    • Elbia Gannoum, Executive President of ABEEólica – Brazilian Wind Energy Association. 


    • Luciana Costa, Director of Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Transition at BNDES

    • Raul Belens Jungmann Pinto, Ceo of the Brazilian Mining Institute (IBRAM)

    • Paula Kovarsky, VP of Strategy & Sustainability of RAIZEN

    • Mauricio Tolmasquim, Director of Energy Transition at PETROBRAS

    • Rohitesh Dhawan, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)


    Blue Zone, Brazilian Pavilion 

Friday, 8 December 2023

  • 07:0009:00 GMT  –  Side Event - World Climate Foundation: Workshop - Gold and climate change: what is a critical mineral?

Saturday, 9 December 2023

  • 05:3007:00 GMT  –  Blue Zone - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD): EBRD’s Approach to Nature

    Director of Innovation Christian Spano will join a panel that’s shining a spotlight on how organisations are rising to the challenge of the nature crisis. The event is a platform for private sector clients that are aligning their activities with better outcomes for nature and government representatives developing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The session is taking place in the Blue Zone’s Joint MDB Pavilion in the Opportunity Area – OR02G3.

    The event will also launch the EBRD’s Approach to Nature, a strategic compass guiding its commitment to support the Global Biodiversity Framework targets and deliver on the COP26 Joint Statement on Nature, People, and Planet. The Approach outlines how the Bank will: 1) protect nature, with enhanced safeguarding to identify opportunities for net gains in projects, 2) invest in nature, focusing on the Bank’s strengths in pollution prevention, blue-green infrastructure, and governance, including policy dialogue; and 3) disclose the Bank’s nature-related activities and support clients with ambitions to do the same. 


    Blue Zone

The ICMM team will be at COP28 taking part in the wider conversation on how we can effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change.

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, referred to as COP28, will be the 28th United Nations Climate Change conference, held from November 30 until December 12, 2023, at the Expo City, Dubai.

COP28 UAE brings the world together at a critical moment for global transformative climate action.

Join the ICMM team in this conversation discussing how the mining industry can be involved in climate action and what the industry's role will look like.