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RTI International delegation attending COP28 presents solutions for equitable and inclusive climate action

Team of RTI climate experts is committed to contributing meaningful solutions to the complex issues discussed at COP28

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A delegation of climate experts from RTI International, a nonprofit research institute and leading international development organization, will participate in the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP28 will convene leaders and representatives from more than 190 countries, as well as a wide-ranging mix of climate stakeholders with the aim of accelerating urgent action to address the climate crisis. 
For the first time, the UN Climate Conference will have a day devoted to understanding and addressing the health implications of climate change, such as exacerbating water quality issues and heat-related illnesses and death. 

“After a year full of extreme climate conditions, from the deadliest wildfires and catastrophic floods to record-breaking global temperatures, the growing toll on human health demands a greater commitment to urgent, collaborative climate action,” said Robyn Camp, director of energy and climate at RTI’s Center for Climate Solutions. “RTI is working across health, education, food, water, energy, environment and governance sectors and in over 85 countries to improve the human condition. RTI experts will share insights and solutions -- from our research and program implementation -- that are working now and can be scaled up to reduce emissions and create a more resilient world.” 

COP28 comes at a critical juncture, as nations around the world strive to implement and enhance the commitments made under the Paris Agreement. RTI has been conducting research related to climate change for more than 60 years. As a leading advocate for sustainable practices and environmental change, RTI is committed to contributing meaningful solutions to the complex issues discussed at COP28 by providing evidence-based learnings that will help innovate, catalyze actions, and scale up climate solutions.  

RTI’s priority at COP28 involves raising awareness in four key areas linked to climate change and the intersections between them: agriculture, water, energy and health. RTI experts will join industry, academia and public and private sector participants in panel discussions, speaking engagements and events, centered around taking action to address climate change and the associated inequities.  

“In order to address COP28's goals, it is critical for the public and private sector to rapidly accelerate investment to address climate while promoting equitable growth," said Daniel Lapidus, senior economist and RTI Center for Climate Solutions liaison. “A new paradigm must ensure that the most vulnerable populations throughout the globe can effectively adapt, but also that they are prioritized to benefit from investments in a low carbon economy. RTI is focused on promoting equitable and inclusive solutions for all."    

COP28 is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023. RTI experts are available for interviews on a wide range of climate research topics including green ammonia, sustainable agriculture, the health impacts of climate change and more.  

COP28 is the world’s largest international meeting focused on tackling climate change. Since the first COP in 1995, countries have met regularly to discuss how to stabilize and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere to avoid human-induced climate disasters. COPs are an opportunity for climate scientists, researchers, implementers and other stakeholders from around the world to come together to collaborate, share best practices and advance solutions for achieving the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

Learn more about RTI’s Center for Climate Solutions 

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