Cooling for Climate Action: Your Ministers’ Cool Soundbites

Shared Presentation Stage 3, Zone B7
United Arab Emirates

COP28 is a critical moment for action on cooling. Recognizing the adaptation and mitigation benefits of cooling, the COP28 UAE Presidency has championed a Global Cooling Pledge with over 65 country signatories to date, which intends to raise ambition and international cooperation on cooling through collective targets for reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency and climate-friendly approaches to cooling and significantly increase access to sustainable cooling. The new UNEP report Global Cooling Watch launched at COP28 shows that countries can reduce emissions from cooling by over 60% while meeting growing cooling needs and creating significant economic benefits through integrated and accelerated policy 
action on passive cooling, energy efficiency, and the fast phase-down of HFCs.

We are inviting a select group of country representatives at Minister and senior leadership level, leading in the cooling space to engage in dialogue and provide their “soundbites” on how they are acting on these three fronts and delivering on the Montreal Protocol/Kigali
Amendment, Paris Agreement and the Global 2030 Agenda.

Agenda item 

Welcome Remarks

Ms. Pavni Mittal, MC and Moderator 

Opening Remarks 

 Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme 

Keynote Speech

H.E Mariam Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates 

Panel discussion and Sound Bites from Ministers - Moderated by Ms Pavni Mittal 

• Mr. Adalberto Maluf, National Secretary for the Environment, Air and Environment Quality of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Brazil 

• His Excellency, Mr Yutaka Matsuzawa, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Japan 

• His Excellency, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Climate Change, Environment and Energy, Maldives

• The Honorable Mr Andrea Yatilman, Secretary, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management, Federated States of Micronesia 

• Mr. Rick Duke, Deputy Climate Envoy, United States of America 

• H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Envoy, Netherlands 

Closing Remarks

Ms Pavni Mittal, MC and Moderator