COP 28


With global temperatures hitting record highs, and extreme weather events affecting people around the globe, this year’s UN climate change conference, COP28, is a pivotal opportunity to correct course and accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis.

A stable climate and planetary health are critical conditions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in multiple areas, from zero-carbon energy to food security, eradicating poverty, water scarcity and more.

COP 28 will take place from 30 November until 12 December 2023 in Dubai. Interested in our activities at COP28? Explore below the events in which G-STIC is involved.

G-STIC at COP28: accelerating technological solutions for the SDGs

In the face of numerous concurrent crises, including the Covid-19 pandemic, the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, as well as energy insecurity and military conflicts, urgent action is needed to address the challenges and reinforce the Agenda 2030.

G-STIC accelerates the transition to wide-scale deployment of market-ready, transformative, integrated technological solutions to impact the achievement of the SDGs, 17 internationally agreed ambitious goals to move the world to a more sustainable future by 2030.

G-STIC side event during COP28

The role of Research and Technology Organizations to endorse recommitment to the SDGs

2 December 2023, 12:15 – 13:00 (GST), SDG Pavilion

During this session the speakers will focus on how Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) stimulate the collaborative exchange of technology and innovation experiences, information, and implementation of public policy instruments regarding critical issues related to technology and innovation, specifically focusing on the context of climate change.


  • Inge Neven, CEO, VITO
  • Dr. Paulo Gadelha, Senior Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Coordinator of the Fiocruz Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Brazil
  • Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Moderated by Dr. Dietrich Van der Weken, General Manager G-STIC, VITO.

Side events of several G-STIC co-hosts during COP28

G-STIC is supported by 9 international co-hosts from Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and South Korea. Several co-hosts will be also present during COP28. Check below their events.

VITO at COP28: Bringing international climate services

VITO’s main focus will be on its International Climate Services (ICS). These services are designed to support climate-informed decision-making for both mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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TERI at COP28: A fair and inclusive global energy transition

The UAE and India share a common vision for embracing an energy transition aligned with sustainable socio-economic development. TERI undertakes pertinent climate-related actions, contributing significantly to a sustainable future.

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Fiocruz at COP28: Ministerial meeting with minister Nísia Trindade Lima

It will be the first time that the COP will have thematic days. On Health Day there will be a ministerial meeting to establish consensus on priority actions to strengthen the response of health systems to climate change, with financial commitments to implement the measures.

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Climate solutions during COP28: climate change adaptation and mitigation

The Government of Flanders launched in 2021 the G-STIC Climate Action Programme to support developing countries in the fight against climate change. By providing financial support to projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation, the G-STIC Climate Action Programme aims to strengthen developing countries' implementation of climate policies, strategies, regulations and action plans.

The G-STIC Climate Action Programme supports projects that aim to demonstrate technologies, disseminate knowledge, and build capacity in developing countries and in which a Flemish organization takes the lead.

Different stakeholders of the running projects will be present at COP28: Turbulent, BOSAQ, Trias, Antea Group, …

Jan de Nul Group and Join For Water will present their running projects.

From sediment to nature: the transformation of dredged material into flourishing mangrove habitats by Jan De Nul Group

2 December 2023, 11:30 (GST), BENELUX-EIB pavilion, BLUE zone

Heritage conservation for socio-ecological resilience by Join For Water

8 December 2023, 16:40 – 17:50 (GST), Uganda pavilion