United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28)

November 30-December 12, 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This year’s annual international summit on climate change, known as COP28, has suffered from controversial optics: Negotiating a global ramp-down of fossil fuel use in the UAE feels a little unserious. But COP28 has a very serious agenda, including global stock take, loss and damage, and even the introduction of mountains as a new global climate change issue. During 12 days of talks, world leaders – including a cohort from Texas – will address the threat climate change poses to human rights and human survival on a warming planet.

As in years past, the interfaith group Texas Impact will be participating in the COP as credentialed NGO observers. Together with faith-based climate advocates from across the U.S., Texas Impact's delegation will be urging U.S. State Department negotiators to increase U.S. climate commitments – and they'll be sending video clips to keep Texans updated on the progress of negotiations.


The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000, providing theologically grounded public policy analysis to people of faith and other Texans. The Interfaith Center is the research and education partner of Texas Impact, a 501(c)(4) interfaith legislative advocacy network.

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