Ministers gather in Copenhagen to accelerate climate action

Published 19-03-2023

Climate ministers and decision makers from around the world are meeting in Copenhagen today to lay the groundwork for an ambitious outcome at the next UN climate summit. This is happening on the same day as the release of the latest IPCC report.

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jørgensen will host the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial together with the current and incoming COP presidents from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. This is the first time since the last UN climate summit, COP27, that climate ministers and prominent political voices are coming together to discuss the key issues of the COP process. The results of the annual climate summits largely rely on the preparatory work, which is why it is important for key players to come together now to discuss the central issues of the negotiations.

"If we are to avert the worst climate disasters and chart a green and secure course for everyone at the next UN climate summit, we must start the climate discussions early this year. That is why, together with the COP presidents from Egypt and the UAE, we have taken the initiative to bring together selected ministers and leading voices from around the world to lay the groundwork for the next climate summit to deliver the results that the world so desperately needs," says Dan Jørgensen.

Simultaneous to the ministerial meeting, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to publish its synthesis report, which summarizes the results of the previous five years climate science. In recent years, IPCC reports have increasingly emphasized the urgent threat that climate change poses to the planet's health and human well-being. The IPCC's synthesis report is a highly important contribution to the discussions both at the ministerial meeting and in the lead-up to COP28.

The Copenhagen Climate Ministerial will kick-start the discussions towards COP28. At the meeting, one of the themes to be discussed is climate induced loss and damage in follow up to the decision from COP27  to establish new financing arrangements and a fund to support countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change and discuss how to reform the global financial system. There will also be discussions on how to achieve an agreement on a controlled phase-out of fossil fuels, in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and meet the 1.5-degree target. Finally, the meeting aims to initiate political discussions on the expectations for the so-called Global Stocktake, which will assess the progress and set the direction for achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. This is the first time since the Paris Agreement was adopted that a formal assessment will be made of how far we are from meeting our climate goals.

Options for press:

A family photo will be taken outside Eigtveds Pakhus at Asiatisk Plads in Copenhagen today Monday March 20 at 5.30 PM. The photo op will be open for press. Press should arrive at 5.20 and sign up with Frida Kok at – write name, media, email and phone number. Immediately after the family photo Dan Jørgensen will do a short doorstep about the IPCC report which will be published today. The doorstep will be in Danish.

There will be a high level press conference in Eigtveds Pakhus at Asiatisk Plads in Copenhagen at 1.15 PM on Tuesday March 21. Press should arrive between 11.30 AM and 1 PM. Sign up by writing name and media to Lisa Christensen at before Tuesday 12.00. Please bring press card or other picture ID.

Please find (from Monday at around 11 AM) for your use some footage of the start of the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial. The footage includes COP27 President H.E. Sameh Shoukry, COP28 President-designate H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, and their host H.E. Dan Jørgensen. The Copenhagen Climate ministerial has brought climate leaders and ministers from around the world to push for climate action and an ambitious COP28. The meeting will focus on securing the implementation of the results of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh while also setting the course ahead towards COP28 in the United Arab Emirates in December.

Photos will be available to download here 

Video will be available to download here