COP28 is now around the corner.  Here is an update on the events GWOPA is leading and participating in, and we look forward to many of our partners joining us!


GWOPA leads the Locally led Adaptation Programme of the Water Pavilion on COP28

Date: 5 December

Time: Full day

GWOPA is one of the core collaborators for the Water Pavilion implementation. In partnership with Water Europe and the Rio de Janeiro State of Brazil, GWOPA has actively contributed to curating the program for the Locally Led Adaptation Day on 5 December within the Water Pavilion at COP28. This program encompasses five distinct pavilion events focusing on SDG Water Accelerators (capacity building, data, financing), best practices of local water adaptation projects, and a high-level panel discussing the policy implications of the multi-level action and governance for water adaptation in cities.



COP28: A key moment for cities and UN-Habitat, Blue Zone, Al-Ghafat Plenary

Date: 6 December

Time: 09:30 – 12:00

GWOPA participates in UN-Habitat’s headliner event at COP- the Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change. It serves as a vital link between local and national climate action plans. The meeting is co-hosted by the COP28 Presidency, UN-Habitat, and the High-Level Climate Champions. It will bring together ministers of housing, urban development, environment, and finance, as well as local and regional leaders, financial institutions, and relevant non-government stakeholders, to discuss ways to accelerate local climate finance and the role of cities in achieving the Paris Agreement. It is expected that the meeting will come out with a Ministerial Declaration, sector-specific commitments, and an urban climate resilience roadmap that includes local climate finance.

Read the media release.



GWOPA launches Sanitation Operators Partnership (SOP) Strategy at Water and Wastewater Utilities event

Date: 9 December

Time 14:30 – 15:30

GWOPA, in collaboration with the French Water Partnership and GIZ, is coordinating a side event entitled “Make Cities Water Resilient: Key Strategies for Water and Wastewater Utilities.” The event will be held at the Multi-Level Action and Urbanization Pavilion.


GWOPA contributes to the Urban Water Resilience Initiative of the COP28 Presidency

GWOPA is a co-lead in the Resilient Utilities Sub-Working group of the Sharm El Sheck Adaptation Agenda on Urban Water Resilience Initiative.


Stay tuned on our social media for further updates regarding GWOPA’s participation in COP28.