COP 27: UN climate summit opens in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh

The climate conference begins at the end of the year that has seen devastating floods, unprecedented heat waves, and severe droughts and storms

RH Desk
November 7

As the United Nations, Climate Change Conference (COP27) started in the Egyptian Red Sea Resort city of Sharm-el-Sheikh, for the first time climate compensation for poor countries is on its agenda.

The climate conferences aim to ensure full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The discussions at COP27 begin at the end of the year that has seen devastating floods, unprecedented heat waves, severe droughts and strong storms – the signs of the unfolding climate emergency.

“COP27 is also taking place against the backdrop of inadequate ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, CO2 emissions need to be cut 45% by 2030, compared to 2010 levels to meet the central Paris Agreement goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century,” an official release said on Monday. ” This is crucial to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe droughts, heatwaves and rainfall.”

Ahead of COP 27, a report published by UN Climate Change showed “that whilst countries are bending the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions downward, efforts remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”

 UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said, “With the Paris Rulebook essentially concluded thanks to COP26 in Glasgow last year, the litmus test of this and every future COP is how far deliberations are accompanied by action. Everybody, every single day, everywhere in the world, needs to do everything they possibly can to avert the climate crisis. “COP27 sets out a new direction for a new era of implementation: where outcomes from the formal and informal process truly begin to come together to drive greater climate progress — and accountability for that progress.”

In his opening address, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary asked: “governments to focus on three critical areas at COP27.” “The first is a transformational shift to implementation of the Paris Agreement and putting negotiations into concrete actions,” the release said.

“The second is cementing progress on the critical work streams of mitigation, adaptation, finance, and loss and damage while stepping up finance notably to tackle the impacts of climate change. The third is enhancing the delivery of the principles of transparency and accountability throughout the UN Climate Change process,” said the release.

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