This year’s UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Expo City Dubai, UAE is an opportunity for accountability, collaboration, and reflection as global decision-makers and institutions gather to assess the progress made since COP27 and the road ahead for the fight against climate change.

Join ITDP in-person and virtually as we participate in discussions throughout COP28 that highlight sustainable mobility, emissions reduction, transport electrification, and compact urban development. Learn more about the events below and stay up-to-date on our activities via X (Twitter) @ITDP_HQ, on LinkedIn, and on

ITDP Attendees:

  • Heather Thompson (CEO, ITDP)
  • Daizong Liu (Director, ITDP East Asia)
  • Chris Kost (Director, ITDP Africa)
  • Carolyne Mimano (Manager, Partnerships & Communications, ITDP Africa)

Livestream coverage of certain events will be available on the UN Climate Change Events YouTube Channel. For media inquiries, contact Verónica Ortiz Cisneros.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Organizer(s): ITDP, ECF, FIA Foundation, Despacio, Walk21
Walking and Cycling Policies, Investments, and
Inclusion in NDCs for Climate, Health, and Equity

16:45 – 18:15 — Blue Zone, SE Room 3 (125 pax)
Participants: Heather Thompson (CEO, ITDP)

Description: Countries must act now. Enabling more people to walk and cycle safely is essential to achieving the Paris Agreement, yet walking and cycling lack priority in the transport and mobility mix and broader climate agenda. Walking and cycling are some of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to reduce transport emissions, traffic congestion, and road casualties while delivering improved public health, stronger economies, and more equitable societies. This event examines how effective policies, increased national investment and financing mechanisms, and meaningful implementation can unlock active mobility’s full potential.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Event 1 – Organizer(s): ITDP, UCLG Africa AU, AfDB, UMDF, CIFF
Scaling Up Financing for Public Transport in Africa
11:00 — UCLG Africa Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Participants: Chris Kost (Director, ITDP Africa); Carolyn Mimano (Manager, Partnerships & Communications, ITDP Africa)

Event 2 – Organizer(s): African Union
Mitigation and Response to Global Climate Change: Urban Railways Transportation in Africa
14:30 — AU Pavilion
Participant: Chris Kost (Director, ITDP Africa)

Event 3 – Organizer(s): China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC)
New Energy Vehicles and Low-Carbon Transportation
14:45 – 16:00 — “China Corner” venue in Dubai World Expo City
(Border meeting Zone 1)

Participant: Daizong Liu (Director, ITDP East Asia)

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A message on active mobility from ITDP and the FIA Foundation on Transport Day.

Event 1 – Organizer(s): The Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
High-Level Breakfast Session to Launch ACTIVE Program
7:30-8:30 — Residence of the Dutch Consul-General in Dubai 
Participant: Heather Thompson (CEO, ITDP)


Event 2 – Organizer(s): Global Buildings Performance Network

Progress toward Zero Emissions in Indonesia
9:30 – 10:30 — Monash University Pavilion
Participant: Daizong Liu (Director, ITDP East Asia)

Event 3 – Organizer(s): UNECE, ESCAP, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Combating Climate Change through Strong Transport Sector Mitigation and Adaptation Actions
9:35 – 10:50 — SDG Pavilion
Participant: Heather Thompson (CEO, ITDP)

Event 4 – Organizer(s): World Economic Forum

Solutions for a Net Zero Nature Positive Built Environment (Panel)
14:00 – 15:00 — ISO Pavilion, Blue Zone
Participant: Heather Thompson (CEO, ITDP)


Event 5 – Organizer(s): Ministry of Transport, Ethiopia
Riding the Future: Advancing Non-Motorized Transport in Ethiopia’s Urban

14:00 – 15:00 — Ethiopia Pavilion
Participant: Chris Kost (Director, ITDP Africa)

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Organizer(s): World Bank, University of Birmingham
Keynote from ITDP CEO Heather Thompson – Mobility Futures Forum
10:00 – 10:30 — University of Birmingham Dubai Campus
Participant: Heather Thompson (CEO, ITDP)


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