The Mirpuri Foundation participated at COP 28, the largest global gathering dedicated to environmental issues, held from 30th November to 12th December in Dubai to address the Power of Society and the Private Sector for Coral Reefs.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual event convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP meetings bring together nations, environmental organizations, and stakeholders to discuss and negotiate strategies for addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and related environmental challenges on a global scale.

Ana Agostinho, Mirpuri Foundation’s Advisor, was a speaker at this year in the Ocean Pavilion – Blue Zone, for a CORDAP side event among other key speakers – Cristina Mittermeier, Co-founder and President of SeaLegacy (recorded statement); Rodi Basso – E1 CEO; Natalie Gartmann, ESG & Impact Manager of Pegasus; Dr Maryam Ficociello, Group Chief Governance Officer, Red Sea Global; and Carlos M. Duarte, Prof. of Marine Science at KAUST and Executive Director at G20 CORDAP.

The conference, called “Harnessing the Power of Society and the Private Sector #ForCoral” was a call to action to mobilize the private sector and society to conserve and restore corals and reefs worldwide. Coral reefs are facing unprecedented threats, including rising temperatures, pollution, overfishing, and habitat destruction. These factors are pushing these fragile ecosystems to the brink of collapse. The urgency to save corals is growing, and immediate action is required.

This event aimed to highlight the necessity of a multilevel approach in coral conservation, explore how the private sector can play an active role by adopting sustainable practices, emphasize the importance of raising public awareness and engaging local communities, discuss the significance of blending public and private financing and explore avenues for donor engagement and funding support to advance coral conservation projects.

Watch the participation of the Mirpuri Foundation starting minute 34: