COP 27 UN Climate Change Conference

The UN Climate Change Conference (Conference of Parties) opened yesterday, November 06, 2022 and fully started today November 7 to run through November 18, 2022. This even has a multi-part of engagements of parties and non-parties to the climate and post-Paris Accord discussions.

COP27 is taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The key aim of the conference is to ensure full implementation of the Paris Agreement. The UN notes that this year has seen devastating floods and unprecedented heat waves, severe droughts and formidable storms, as undeniable signs of the emerging climate emergency. “As millions of people throughout the world are confronting the impacts of simultaneous crises in energy, food, water, and cost of living, aggravated by severe geopolitical conflicts and tensions”, it states. In this adverse context, some countries have begun to stall or reverse climate policies and doubled down on fossil fuel use.

UNCCC notes that this year’s COP27 is taking place against the backdrop of inadequate ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions. According to its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “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”. This, it warns, is crucial to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe droughts, heatwaves and rainfall.

The Africa Pavillion is sponsored and hosted by the African Development Bank.