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COP27: Everything We Know So Far


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The Conference of the Parties (COP) 27th session was initially expected to be held from the 8th to the 20th of November last year but for reasons attributing to the Covid-19 pandemic, COP 26 was delayed for a year and was conducted during November 2021, instead of November 2020. Hence, COP 27 is expected to only take place from the 7th to the 18th of November this year, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.


In response to the imminent conference, many have expressed their concerns over the agenda and the impact of the conference. Through an article, the World Institute has conveyed their worries concerning how the conference will address the climate impacts on vulnerable countries. In accordance with The Allied for Climate Transformation by 2025 (ACT2025), the article supported the act’s “5 Pillars for Success at COP27” that deserved to be recognized: Adaptation, Ambition, Paris Rulebook, Loss & Damage, and Finance.


Essentially, some actions that are worth initiating involved delivering high-quality and scaled-up finance flows, securing finance for loss and damage, and so on. In conclusion, the article cements the belief that no one should be left behind in the fight against climate change and global warming; these are some concerns so far over the conference.


Presently, the Presidency Vision has been determined; the vision includes ‘uniting to limit global warming to well below 2c and work hard to keep the 1.5c target alive’, and the target aiming to ‘make significant progress on the crucial issue of climate finance’. In terms of agenda, the following is quoted from the official site:


Presidency Action Agenda:

“In parallel with the negotiations tracks, the COP27 Egyptian Presidency has designated a number of key thematic days that will place on its agenda a number of panel discussions, roundtables and side events. The thematic days come as part of our efforts to enable a broad interaction with various stakeholders where the voice of youth, women, civil society and indigenous people will be at the center of these discussions and an enabler to its influence. Among key focus areas will be the promise of innovation and clean technologies as well as the centrality of water and agriculture to the climate crisis. The role of science will also be highlighted in addition to biodiversity loss, energy transition, decarbonization efforts and finance.”


For those uninformed, the thematic days aforementioned are days wholly dedicated to focusing on a specific area to be addressed. The thematic days planned for COP27 so far are:

November 09: Finance Day

November 10: Science Day and Youth & Future Generations Day

November 11: Decarbonization Day

November 12: Adaptation & Agriculture Day

November 14: Gender Day and Water Day

November 15: Ace & Civil Society Day and Energy Day

November 16: Biodiversity Day

November 17: Solutions Day


COP27 holds every possibility in being a success or a failure; it is an opportunity to display our solidarity against an existential threat, and to ensuring that the world we are living in right now is liveable. Here’s to taking one step forward.


Resources:

https://www.cop27.eg/#/presidency/events

https://www.cop27.eg/#/

https://www.wri.org/insights/vulnerable-countries-un-climate-summit

https://sdg.iisd.org/events/2021-un-climate-change-conference-unfccc-cop-27/

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