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COP28 Media Alert: Achieving a just energy transition through inclusion, sustainable international finance, and trade systems

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The second thematic day of COP28 is centred around Finance, Trade, Gender Equality and Accountability, with an urgent need to reform these existing systems to make them more inline with global climate goals and more accessible to the world’s population. 

As part of Monash University’s Blue Zone pavilion at COP28, a number of Monash University academics, industry experts and government officials will host a series of events that focus on scaling up efforts, improving access and enhancing affordability. This will involve introducing trade as a means for climate-smart, equitable growth, including supply chain decarbonisation, transition and resilience. 

Monday 4 December, 3 - 3.45pm (Gulf ST)
Women at the forefront of Climate Change

This event is a call to action, fostering awareness and dialogue to inspire change. By uniting the expressive power of art with the rigour of academia, the event will catalyse innovative solutions and promote dialogue around the need for inclusivity, equity, and justice in the face of a changing climate.


  • Gabriela Fernando - Assistant Professor, Public Health, Monash Indonesia
  • Parneet Kaur - Founder, Poetry for Planet
  • Isabelle Zhu-Maguire - Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Amplify

The following can be attributed to Isabelle Zhu-Maguire:

“We must address the challenges that hinder financial support for women, girls and marginalised groups. This includes ensuring a fair transition and finding solutions to broaden access to finance. It’s important we use this session to examine accountability mechanisms and to turn promises and ambition into tangible results.”

Monday 4 December, 4 - 5pm (Gulf ST)
Just Energy Transitions, ESG and Mechanisms to Enable Financing of Transitions

This event will address the urgent need for a just energy transition by focusing on renewable energy and innovative financing solutions. The event will bring together key high-level participants from various sectors to facilitate discussions, collaborations and knowledge sharing.


  • Hon. Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change
  • Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO, KL Stock Exchange (BURSA Malaysia Bhd)
  • Kristen Panerali, Head of Clean Power and Electrification, World Economic Forum
  • Ms. Gauri Singh, Deputy Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Professor Adeline Johns-Putra, Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia; Chair, Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub (Malaysia Node) 

The following can be attributed to Professor Johns-Putra:

“There is a palpable urgency and anxiety to the stories we tell and the way we talk about climate change now. The question is: will the governments, institutions and corporations of the world listen?

"COP28 is an opportunity to course-correct after the Global Stocktake. Specifically, it is an opportunity for political and economic systems to keep step with the anxieties and concerns being voiced by people around the world.”

Follow Monash University’s COP28 journey and join the global conversation on climate change. 

About Monash University’s presence at COP28

Monash is deeply committed to urgent, collective action on climate change. 
Our focus will be on sharing expertise, influencing policymakers and convening change makers in our shared pursuit of a more sustainable, just world for all.

The Monash University delegation will join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference, COP28 in Dubai, UAE, from 30 November to 12 December 2023.


A range of Monash University experts will be available to discuss climate related issues at COP28. Read more from them in our climate change special on Monash Lens.

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