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The 28th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP28) is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 30th November – 12th December, 2023. Maybe the largest conference so far is expected to host over 70,000 delegates, including heads of state and world leaders, to discuss how the targets set in the Paris Agreement will be achieved in concrete terms. Finland also has its own pavilion at COP28 for the first time.


As severe climate impacts continue to accelerate this year, Operaatio Arktis will participate in COP28 together with many of our partners to create safer spaces for critical questions that we must start to ask ourselves:


With current climate strategies, many catastrophic consequences are unavoidable. Climate interventions, however, alongside ambitious emission reductions and carbon removal, have the potential to prevent some of these impacts.

It is time for a new paradigm, Climate Repair, that strives to repair the damage that’s already done or underway because of the already emitted greenhouse gasses and heat in the ocean. Climate Repair is about not surrendering to the catastrophes that the past and current actions have locked in. It is a complete mitigation strategy that seeks to synergize emission reductions and CDR with climate interventions to minimize loss and damage to peoples and societies.


Four members of our team are at COP28 to build capacities to scale up interdisciplinary research on climate interventions to obtain a chance of avoiding irreversible climate collapses.


You can follow our steps on Instagram and we will come back to you with regards from COP28 later in this year’s last newsletter – subscribe here

Here, you can find events we are organising or where we are collaborating. Check also the events of our partners:

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Date: December 8, 2023 | Time: 11:00-12:00 PM GST

Location: Climate Live Pavilion, Blue Zone |Open attendance


Can We Keep 1.5°C Alive “A Dialogue on Near-term Climate Risks and Intervention

Date: December 8, 2023 | Time: 16:00-17:00 PM GST 

Location: Finland Pavilion, Blue Zone | Open Attendance

Ocean visions:

Hope for the Cryosphere: Exploring feasible pathways to protect ice 

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Date: 9 December 2023 | Time: 19:00-22:00 PM GST 

Location: Planet Terra, 6th Street Dubai | Registration needed. Send inquiries to

SRM Youth Watch Reception:

From the Arctic to Pacific - Why do SRM discussions matter?

Date: 9 December 2023 | Time: 12:30-1:30 PM GST 

Location: The Ghaf, Youth Hub, Green Zone | Open Attendance - Register for event and Green Zone Badges


The Role of Youth in Atmospheric Change and Responses to Global Warming in the Near Term

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Date: 10 December 2023 | Time: 14:00-14:45 PM GST

Location: Finland Pavilion, Blue Zone | Open Attendance

operaatio arktis:

Climate Intervention – Mad or not? Why Nordics should take lead

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Date: 10 December 2023 | Time: 15:00-18:00 PM GST
Location: China-UAE Economy and Trade Exchange Center China Pavilion, Green Zone | Open Attendance

SRM Youth Watch:

Amplifying Youth Voices Today: Pioneering SRM Governance for Future Generations



Date: 11 December 2023 | Time: 10:45-11:30 AM GST 

Location: Nordic Pavilion, Blue Zone | Open Attendance

UArctic Tipping Point Actions:

Geoengineering: Can a Seabed Curtain Delay Global Sea Level Rise?

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