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By Randy T. Nobleza, Ph.D.
The Madinat Jumeirah’s Fort Island will be transformed into a space dedicated to sharing positive solutions and inspirational stories at COP28: The Island of Hope. The main Island Stage will feature a packed five-day programme focused on harnessing innovation, partnerships and finance to secure a sustainable future for small island states and climate-vulnerable regions. The stunning venue will host a series of private functions, drinks receptions and dinners for Innovation Zone partners to catalyse collaboration and celebrate transformative climate action.
The Island Stage will host an extensive daily conference dedicated to bringing together key global actors from small island states and climate-vulnerable regions with donors, investors and solution providers to accelerate climate adaption, resilience and ecosystem restoration.
Curated by Island Innovation, it will welcome over 150 expert speakers sharing inspirational stories, transferable solutions, capacity building strategies and examples of best practice. We invite all stakeholders from governments, NGOs, academia, businesses, media and finance to join this free-to-attend conference.
Featured speakers are as follows: Joyelle Clarke Minister, Ministry of Sustainable Development,
Environment, Climate Action & Constituency Empowerment; David Howden, CEO, Howden Group; Mairi McAllan, Cabinet Secretary of Net Zero, Scottish Government; and Racquel Moses, CEO, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator.
Small island states and vulnerable coastal regions are grappling with unprecedented challenges stemming from climate change and rising sea levels. To effectively address these challenges and to implement effective solutions for climate adaptation, mitigation and ecosystem restoration, it
is crucial to accelerate cross sector and cross border collaboration. Only by pooling our resources and expertise can we drive change at scale and pace.
The Island of Hope will bring together key stakeholder groups from: Governments, Investors
United Nations, International organisations. Academia, Businesses or Media. The Island of Hope is an impact-driven initiative. It will be powered by roof-mounted solar panels and battery storage technology, demonstrating the importance and impact off-grid solar has for Island nations. Putting circular economy values into action, the Island will have a zero plastic policy and serve plant-based food with all food waste being used for waste-to-energy.