SNV at COP28: Climate justice for transformative change

The 28th session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP28) will take place from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai, UAE. Following the decisive action called for in the Paris Agreement at COP21, SNV stands committed to driving climate action towards the critical 1.5°C goal. Our participation at COP28 is focused on the need to accelerate climate action in water, energy, and agri-food systems to enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

SNV is set to host and organise a series of pivotal sessions, providing a platform for experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to come together. These gatherings are designed to spark in-depth dialogue, catalyse the exchange of innovative ideas, and lay the groundwork for tangible outcomes.

Together, we can drive change and make a substantial difference in our fight against the climate crisis. At SNV, our mission remains clear: to enable sustainable, more equitable lives for all. Join us in shaping a brighter and more sustainable future and to drive systems transformation.

Our focus topics

Harnessing the combined power of agri-food, water, and energy approaches, SNV is dedicated to maximizing synergies that support climate-resilient systems.

SNV champions systems change driven by local leadership and inclusivity, aligning climate actions with development goals for just governance and equitable market systems.

By centering our efforts on fragile contexts and forming strategic partnerships, SNV directs resources to empower communities in overcoming climate-related challenges.

SNV advocates for the critical unlocking of investments, fostering transparency and accountability to amplify the transformative impact on climate resilience.

Where you will find us

NDCP Pavilion | 3 December at 11:00

This session calls for meaningful action in incorporating youth and gender aspects, often overlooked, into National Determined Contributions (NDCs). We will kick off with short documentaries showcasing solutions from civil society, NGOs, and research bodies on transforming food systems, focusing on soil health, sustainable livestock, youth employment, land tenure, and women's empowerment. Participants will engage interactively to suggest and prioritise recommendations.

A diverse panel, including government, civil society, and youth representatives, will discuss the practicality of advancing these recommendations in NDCP member states. The session aims to spotlight youth and women entrepreneurship in the agri-food system and tackle financial exclusion, especially for young women and gender minorities in Africa.

Location: Blue Zone, Opportunity District, Zone B7, Building 88
Neglected opportunities to implement NDCs in food systems: Incorporating soil health, livestock, youth employment and women’s empowerment in African countries

NDCP Pavilion | December 3 at 15:30

This session focuses on the urgent need to make energy and food systems climate-resilient. Together with our partners, we will discuss the interconnection between food and energy systems, emphasising the necessity of decarbonising our food systems, starting with the energy used to power it. A high-level panel including government representatives, banks, and agri-businesses will explore recommendations for policy and funding collaborations. Special attention will be given to farmer-centric approaches and the integration of clean energy for sustainable farming.

The session aims to mobilise finance for sustainable alternatives, highlighting bankable projects that target smallholder farmers and enterprises, demonstrating how clean energy access is crucial for achieving SDG 2 and SDG 7 goals.

Location: Blue Zone, Opportunity District, Zone B7, Building 88
COP28: Pathways to financing Scaling and Accelerating NDC Ambitions in Energy and Food Systems Transformation

SDG 7 Global South Pavilion | 4 Dec at 10:00

The panel session titled 'De-risking decentralised renewable energy projects to enable investment at scale' aims to explore strategies and mechanisms for de-risking decentralised renewable energy projects to attract investment at scale. Participants will discuss challenges, share successful case studies, and propose innovative solutions to create an enabling environment for sustainable and scalable investments in the decentralised renewable energy sector.

Blue Zone, Mobility District, Building #33

UNFCCC Side Event | December 4 at 16:45

Communities in fragile contexts are most seriously affected by the climate crisis, which is in addition to poverty, instability, and insecurity extremes.

Join us at this session where SNV and partners Swedwatch, International Alert and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) will highlight options for implementing tailored, adaptive and accessible finance while overcoming low donor risk appetite and restrictive monitoring.

Location: SE Room 2
Unlocking climate finance to communities in fragile and conflict-affected situations, UNFCCC official side event. December 4, 2023, 16:45 - 18:15, SE Room 2

Food Systems Pavilion | 6 December ALL DAY

In sustainable agri-food systems, agriculture-based economies must rapidly transition from degradation to regeneration. This requires holistic transformations at the individual farm, enterprise, and supply chain levels, as well as landscape-scale actions to restore ecosystem integrity and boost agricultural productivity while enhancing climate resilience. In sustainable agri-food systems, food should not be produced at the expense of the environment and climate.

Join us again this year at the Food Systems Pavilion as we host a full day of sessions together with the Alive for Climate Coalition focused on amplifying the priorities of small-scale food producers and pastoralists.

Location: Thematic Arena 2, Opportunity District, Blue Zone
Amplifying the needs and voices of small-scale food producers and pastoralists. 6 Decemeber 2023 Thematic Arena 2, Opportunity District, Blue Zone

EIB Benelux Pavilion | December 11 at 11:30

For centuries, coffee, tea, and cacao have facilitated deep conversations and connections. Cultivated globally, by millions of farmers, these products are consumed all over the world.

In this session, we invite entrepreneurs, traders, financiers, and policymakers to explore how companies can support their supply chains to promote inclusive, climate-positive, farming methods, with emphasis on the role that blended finance can play in n achieving these goals.

Location: Blue Zone, Area 6, Building #74

COP28 Delegation

Simon O'Connell

Simon O'Connell

Chief Executive Officer
Phomolo Maphosa

Phomolo Maphosa

Country Director
Eelco Baan

Eelco Baan

Global Product Coordinator Inclusive Markets and Impact Inve
Harko Koster

Harko Koster

Global Product Coordinator
Jean De Matha Ouedraogo

Jean De Matha Ouedraogo

Project Manager
Jean Muthamia-Mwenda

Jean Muthamia-Mwenda

Global Lead - Youth Employment
Martijn Veen

Martijn Veen

Global Sector Head Energy
Anna Mutta

Anna Mutta

Country Director

Further reading

24/11/2023Impact story

A conversation on the climate crisis in Niger


Amplifying voices: SNV's GESI-Led approach to climate resilience and inclusion


The water-energy-food nexus: paving the way for climate resilience in Kenya


The climate crisis and the UN's new agenda for peace

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SNV at Vienna Energy and Climate Forum 2023


Irrigation pathways to food security and water conservation


Confronting water scarcity in ASAL communities


Farmers in East Africa are prioritising climate action in food systems

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