Singapore’s collective climate action through its second pavilion at COP28

Singapore has launched the Singapore pavilion at the 28th conference of the parties of the UN framework convention on climate change (COP28), which will run from 30 Nov-12 Dec 2023 in Dubai, UAE. This is the second Singapore pavilion held at COP.

Themed ‘Accelerating Collective Climate Action’, the pavilion showcases how Singapore is convening players across sectors and domains, and from around the world, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and build a climate-resilient future.

The pavilion is a partnership with around 100 entities, including corporates, academia, international organisations, and NGOs. Its daily programmes span Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) signings, initiative launches by partners, showcases, panels and fireside chats. This includes programmes by youth delegates from the inaugural Climate Youth Development programme, which was launched earlier this year.

This year’s Singapore pavilion will also present the inaugural Climate Leaders’ Assembly (CLA), in collaboration with Bain and Company and Amazon Web Services. The event will gather around 150 global leaders from finance, business, philanthropy and other domains. Participants will discuss the nature, energy and industry, with the aim of accelerating the global movement toward net zero emissions, and with a focus on Asia.

In her welcome address at the pavilion’s launch event, minister for sustainability and the environment Grace Fu said, “The Singapore pavilion is not just a physical space. It represents our commitment to climate action. It allows Team Singapore — made up of the public, private and people sectors — to show what we are doing to tackle the challenge of our generation.”

The pavilion’s daily programming themes: ‘Cities, Water’ is on 9 Dec 2023, ‘Food, Water’ is on 10 Dec 2023 and ‘Water, Youth’ is on 11 Dec 2023.

COP27 president Sameh Shoukry passes the gavel to Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, president of COP28, on the opening day of the summit in Dubai (Image: Bloomberg)