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A4S at COP28

The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) was hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 30 Nov to 12 Dec 2023. A4S brought the voice of the finance and accounting community to COP28 through a series of in-person and virtual events to:

  1. Build momentum for change
  2. Mobilize the finance and accounting community in the transition to net zero
  3. Raise awareness of the need for the net zero transition to work for nature and people

COP28 was billed as “a critical moment for global transformative climate action”. The conference included the first ‘Global Stocktake’, a comprehensive assessment of progress since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

This year’s conference came in the context of a continued disconnect between the trajectory that we need to be on to avoid dangerous climate change and our current pathway. To reverse this trend we must:

  • Ensure that halting dangerous climate change and increasing resilience is incorporated into decisions being taken now.
  • Enact credible and ambitious transition plans, that are essential to turn net zero commitments into concrete action.
  • Incorporate nature and social positive outcomes into the transition to net zero.
  • Include CFOs, accountants and investors as an integral part of the solution.

A4S championed the role of CFOs, accountants and investors at COP28. These teams are vital to addressing climate action given the role they can play in ensuring transition plans are robust, measurable and embedded into strategy, financing and decision making.

Media contact: a4smedia@a4s.org


watch our LIVE broadcasts

Friday 1 December 2023.

During this broadcast, we heard expert insights and analysis from a range of leaders in the finance, investor and accounting worlds focusing on a comprehensive assessment of the worldwide progress and challenges in achieving a net zero, just transition.


  • Jessica Fries – Executive Chair, A4S (Host)
  • Shaun Tarbuck – CEO, ICMIF
  • Rob Turner – Partner, PWC
  • Mark Gough – CEO, Capitals Coalition

Tuesday 5 December 2023.

During the broadcast, we reviewed the insights and announcements from Finance Day at COP28. The speakers, from a range of leaders in the finance, investor and accounting worlds examined the barriers and possible solutions to accelerating the transition.


  • Jessica Fries – Executive Chair, A4S (Host)
  • Hiro Mizuno – Special Adviser, MSCI
  • Mark Versey – CEO, Aviva Investors
  • Isabella Da Costa Mendes – ImpactA Global
  • Hubert Danso – CEO & Chair, Africa Investor

In-person events at COP28

Transition Planning: Everyone, everywhere, all at once

High-Level Roundtable

Monday 4 December 2023 


Held in association with ICAEW. 

Transition Planning Workshop

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Held in association with ICAEW and the Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT). 

Capacity Building Roundtable 

Wednesday 6 December


Held in association with ICAEW, CPA Canada and Capitals Coalition.   

Nature Workshop

Saturday 9 December 2023

Held in association with ICAEW and the Capitals Coalition. 

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