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Towards a Sustainable Future: The Road to COP28


Dr. Maitha Al Hameli, Section Head – Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Tim Christophersen, VP, Climate Action, Salesforce
Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi; Leadership Council Member, Concordia
Melanie Nakagawa, Chief Sustainability Officer, CVP, Microsoft



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“If you want to accelerate action on the climate, voluntary action is no longer enough.”

– Tim Christophersen

“Without biodiversity, climate change is inevitable.” 

– Dr. Maitha Al Hameli

“It is collective mobilization that is really important in fighting climate change.”

– Melanie Nakagawa

“All climate ambition has to translate into funding.” 

– Jay Collins

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • In this conversation moderated by Jay Collins, the role of technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis, was highlighted as being essential in scaling sustainability efforts and addressing climate challenges. 
  • Tim Christophersen emphasizes Salesforce’s call for mandatory climate disclosure and nature reporting for large companies worldwide, stressing the importance of corporate transparency and coordinated, collective action to achieve climate goals. 
  • Biodiversity, nature conservation, and adaptation are critical themes for the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), with a focus on the need to consider biodiversity and climate change as interconnected challenges with overlapping solutions. 
  • Climate commitments must be translated into concrete actions and implementations. It is important to not only set goals but accelerate progress and ensure that words are followed by meaningful actions to combat climate change effectively.