The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27. Is happening between 6-18 November 2022, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Heads of State, ministers, negotiators, civil society and business representatives will meet for the largest annual gathering on climate action.
With global temperatures having risen to 1.1C (compared to 1850s levels) and rapidly heading towards 1.5C, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the window for action is closing.
We are dangerously close to temperature levels that cause extreme weather events and put everyone and everything on this planet at life-threatening risk. Communities on the frontlines are experiencing climate devastation on an unprecedent scale. Support for victims of climate damages must be a key outcome from this COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
With a growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, it is hoped that COP27 will bring renewed solidarity between countries, to deliver on the landmark Paris Agreement, for people and the planet.
“We have come to COP27 with great hope and expectations, and a certain degree of optimism. The world is facing multiple crises. This COP must deliver on long standing demands, especially climate finance and a facility for loss and damage in developing countries. It is imperative that climate justice is at the center of all negotiations and outcomes to tackle the global climate challenge together, in a just and equitable manner.”
– Sanjay Vashist, Director, CAN South Asia
Loss and Damage – the impacts of climate change that were not averted or minimized through adaptation and mitigation activities – is already a lived reality for people around the world, violating their human rights and displacing more than 30 million people in 2020 alone. Poor and vulnerable countries and communities are least responsible for climate change but are already facing the majority of its negative impacts, in the form of both extreme weather events like hurricanes, and floods and slow onset processes such as sea-level rise.