Group of Friends of Culture-Based Climate Action to launch at COP28

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An exciting update on the Global Call to Action campaign

Nearly 1,500 organisations and individuals have now signed the Global Call to Put Cultural Heritage, Arts and Creative Sectors at the Heart of Climate Action! In addition, a group of State Parties have formed a coalition, Group of Friends of Culture-Based Climate Action at the UNFCCC, to advocate for this critical step supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. 

A quote with a photograph of Princess Dana Firas. “With the launch of the global Group of Friends of Culture-Based Climate Action, we will see political momentum and a more focused and sustained effort to address the threat that climate change poses to heritage sites, landscapes and traditional practices and indigenous knowledge.” HRH Princess Dana Firas of Jordan.

About the Group of Friends

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Brazil have announced the launch of the Group of Friends of Culture-Based Climate Action at the UNFCCC, an international coalition of UN Member States aimed at building political momentum for the recognition of culture as a uniquely powerful force in climate change policy.

Cultural voices that support Global Call welcome this political commitment, and have issued statements of support.


A quote with a photograph of Alison. Culture is one of our most powerful, enduring and universal manifestations of who we are and how we live - in short, what matters to us. So it is with great joy that I welcome the Group of Friends and urge us all to support this game-changing initiative by joining the Global Call to Action” Alison Tickell, Julie's Bicycle.

Watch the launch online

The Group of Friends of Culture-based Climate Action will be launched at a High Level Ministerial Dialogue scheduled for 8 December which will be live streamed at 12.00pm (GST) / 8am (UK). Watch here and be a part of this historic step towards putting culture at the heart of climate action.

Co-chaired by Ministers of Culture Salem bin Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE), and Margareth Menezes, (Brazil), this timely event will host over 20 Ministers from all regions of the world, committed to placing culture as a critical vector of climate action and aligned to the Global Call to Action.

Watch here

What next?

The campaign calls for the adoption of a Joint Work Decision on Culture and Climate Action at COP29 next year, which in turn would lead to the adoption at COP30 in Brazil of a groundbreaking work plan on culture for the UN. The launch of the Group of Friends with co-chairs UAE and Brazil, hosts of COP28 and COP30, will be invaluable aid to that ambition.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far. If you have not yet joined the Global Call you can still add your voice as an organisation, individual or network.

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This campaign is part of an initiative funded by the UAE Ministry of Culture in partnership with the ALIPH Foundation.