As countries convene at climate summit in Egypt, reports show the world is wildly off track. Here’s what to watch at COP27:
Here’s where to look for climate action at the upcoming United Nations conference on climate change in Egypt:
Wednesday, November 17:
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a call for applications for the upcoming UN climate summit in Egypt.
The summit, which runs from November 23 to November 30, will include a number of high-level meetings, most notably the plenary and the plenary meeting on renewable energy. The UN also has a number of other high-level events planned, including a high-level side event on the theme of ‘Coherence: The Challenge of Sustainable Development,’ which includes an address by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in which he aims to “explore the interdependency between climate change and sustainable development.”
“This is an opportunity to showcase some of the best practices regarding climate resilience, how to mitigate the impacts of climate change and how we go about addressing that,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told Climate Home News.
“It is a great opportunity to highlight some of the successes coming out of those efforts, to highlight what is required to support climate-resilient efforts, and to create a bigger and better action mechanism.”
The summit will be preceded by the international conference on climate change, also to be held in Egypt. As the U.N. climate change agency (UNCCD) is hosting the two events, they will be joined by other international climate change related events taking place in Egypt, including several panels on the environment, climate change and development organized by various international, regional and local public/private organizations.
Thursday, November 18:
UNEP is hosting an international meeting on the environment with a focus on food security and climate change in Egypt.
Climate Home News notes:
The meeting will also explore the potential of a transnational strategy on food security and the environment for the realization of a sustainable food system and climate change mitigation under the United Nations framework for sustainable development framework.
Panelists will include climate change impacts on public health in Egypt and other factors influencing production and trade in agriculture, as well as the impacts of climate change on land and water resources and trade, as well as the linkages between climatic events and major food crises.