COP27: ‘The African COP’

(China Dialogue, 31 Oct 2022) Agreements on finance will be key to the Egyptian presidency’s call to bring countries “together for implementation” at the latest UN climate negotiations.

When this year’s UN climate talks open in Egypt on 6 November, it will be the first time since 2016 they have taken place on African soil. COP27 is being dubbed “The African COP”.

Under the theme “together for implementation”, the Egypt presidency is set to emphasise the climate issues most pertinent to African and other developing nations. Central to this will be the climate finance owed by the developed to the developing world, and the mobilisation of finance for adapting to climate impacts and compensating for the loss and damage they cause.

The urgency of adaptation

Climate change impacts have been increasingly apparent across the world this year, from deadly heatwaves in Asia and Europe to devastating floods in Pakistan and the multi-season drought in the Horn of Africa. Climate impacts are increasingly being shown to have destabilising ripple effects through society and the economy.

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China Dialogue, 31 Oct 2022: COP27: ‘The African COP’