Climate Change

COP28 Climate Change Media Partnership Reporting Fellowship

June 2023


Twenty climate journalists from low- and middle-income countries will participate in a fellowship program and report on location in Dubai at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) in November-December 2023. In addition, eight virtual fellows will cover COP28 remotely.

Updated December 2023

CCMP COP28 Reporting Fellows Announced

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN), a project of Internews, and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security are pleased to announce that 28 journalists from low- and middle-income countries have been awarded fellowships to cover the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28), as part of the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) program. Twenty fellows will attend and report on COP28 in person in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023, and eight fellows will cover the conference remotely from their home countries.

This year, the CCMP’s global open call for applications drew a record number of nearly 600 applications from climate journalists around the world. Fellows were selected by a panel of international judges following two rounds of review and interviews with shortlisted applicants.

The CCMP Fellows covering COP28 in person are:

  • Afifa Nasar Ullah (Pakistan)
  • Ahang Habib Hawrami (Iraq)
  • Jee Geronimo (Philippines)
  • Chiamaka Okafor (Nigeria)
  • Daniela Quintero Díaz (Colombia)
  • El Mahjoub Dasaa (Morocco)
  • Erika Kurnia (Indonesia)
  • Eugenia Akorfa Kumi (Ghana)
  • Fredrick Kusu (Solomon Islands)
  • Jacob Walter Ochieng (Kenya)
  • Jamaila Maitland (Jamaica)
  • Kann Vicheika (Cambodia)
  • Kannikar Petchkaew (Thailand)
  • Letícia Klein (Brazil)
  • Matias Avramow (Argentina)
  • Sahar Mohammed Al-Shameri (Yemen)
  • Sarah Khazem (Syria)
  • Simrin Sirur (India)
  • Uzmi Athar (India)
  • Zeina Moneer (Egypt)

The CCMP Fellows covering COP28 remotely are:

MENA Cohort

  • Undisclosed*
  • Mohamed Ouerghi (Tunisia)
  • Hadeer Elhadary (Egypt)
  • Sanar Hasan (Iraq)

Mekong Cohort

  • Kieu Thoan Thu (Vietnam)
  • Quach Thi Kieu Mai (Vietnam)
  • Samanachan Buddhajak (Thailand)
  • Sutheemon Kumkoom (Thailand)

The seven trainers from EJN’s global network who will support and guide the 28 fellows are:

  • Dalia Abdel-Salam (Egypt)
  • David Akana (Cameroon)
  • Fermín Koop (Argentina)
  • Imelda Abaño (Philippines)
  • Joydeep Gupta (India)
  • Paritta Wangkiat (Thailand)
  • Khaled Sulaiman (Iraq)

*Note: Per their request, we will refrain from disclosing names of fellows reporting from sensitive regions.

Read the full announcement.

About CCMP

Since launching in 2007, the CCMP has supported more than 400 journalists to report on location from the annual UN climate summit. Without support such as this, people in low- and middle-income countries—which bear the brunt of climate change despite contributing relatively little to global emissions—might have had to rely solely on global wire services for news about UN climate negotiations.

The CCMP COP28 Reporting Fellowship program is co-organized by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. This year marks the fifth time the Stanley Center and EJN have collaborated on the CCMP fellowship program. Financial support for EJN has been provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Marisla Foundation, and the Flora Family Foundation.

The CCMP COP28 Reporting Fellows will receive support and guidance from seasoned climate journalists affiliated with EJN’s global network of trainers. The in-person fellows covering COP28 in Dubai will participate in orientation activities, daily briefings, interviews with high-level officials, and other interactions organized by the Stanley Center and EJN to inform and facilitate quality reporting on developments and outcomes at COP28. The virtual fellows will cover COP28 remotely, with opportunities for mentorship, networking, and virtual interviews with officials and others at the conference.

Read the full announcement.