IIED media calendar

IIED’s media calendar highlights events scheduled for the coming months as well as research that we are currently working on.

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Last updated 01 September 2023


4-6 September: African Climate Action Summit
Hosted by Kenya in the capital Nairobi, the Summit is expected to bring together government leaders, businesses, civil society organizations, and communities from across the continent to share their experiences, insights, and solutions. 

6-7 September: Reuters IMPACT Summit
This global sustainability summit will bring together Chief Executives, ministers and other leaders in London to discuss the strategies, frameworks and investment toolkits that will accelerate action in climate change. IIED’s Executive Director, Tom Mitchell, will be moderating a panel discussion looking at climate justice, finance and global collective action.

9-10 September: G20 Summit
Under the Presidency of India, the G20 Heads of State and Government will hold their annual meeting in New Delhi. IIED will be publishing further research looking at the debt burdens of climate vulnerable countries in the run-up to the meeting.

13-27 September: United Nations General Assembly
The annual meeting will take place in New York and online. IIED is planning the launch of its web platform to collate information about the hidden handbrakes holding back action on climate change.

20 September TBC: Climate Ambition Summit
UN Secretary-General António Guterres last year announced that he will convene a Climate Ambition Summit in September 2023. Leaders from governments, business, cities and regions, civil society, and finance are urged to come with new, tangible, and credible pledges of climate action designed to accelerate the pace of change.


9-13 October: UNCITRAL meeting on ISDS
A working group of the UN’s Commission on International Trade Law will be meeting to discuss reform of Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanisms. IIED is currently researching the extent to which clauses in international trade treaties are hampering the move away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.  

9-15 October: World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings
The annual meetings of the two multilateral development banks will take place in Marrakech, Morocco. IIED will be releasing further research looking at the debt burdens of countries most vulnerable to climate change.  

16-20 October: UNCTAD World Investment Forum
Taking place in Abu Dhabi, the forum is a biennial gathering bringing together Heads of States and Governments, CEOs, ministers and heads of international organizations, and designed to facilitate dialogue and action on the world's current and emerging investment-development challenges. One of the issues up for discussion will be global investment treaties. IIED is currently researching the extent to which clauses in international trade treaties are hampering the move away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. 

October TBC: UNEP Emissions Gap Report
The UN Environment Program’s Emissions Gap reports are annual science-based assessments of the gap between countries’ pledges on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the reductions required to deliver a global temperature increase of below 2°C by the end of the century.


30 Nov-12 Dec: COP28
The United Arab Emirates are the hosts of this year’s Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Researchers from IIED will be supporting the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in their negotiations and experts in adaptation finance, loss and damage and debt will be taking part in side events.. 

Ongoing research

Some of the issues that researchers are currently working on include:

  • Mapping climate migration
  • Urban development in mega deltas
  • The brutal realities of life for women in India forced to migrate due to climate change
  • Biocredits as a means to fund nature conservation 
  • Refugee wellbeing in camps versus cities 
  • The mental and physical toll of loss and damage due to climate change, and
  • Tracking climate finance to the local level