The international climate conference COP27 will take place from 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It brings together heads of state, ministers, climate activists, civil society organisations and business representatives with the aim of finding global solutions to global warming. While current events such as the war in Ukraine, increased geopolitical tensions and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are pushing existing climate ambitions into the background, they also make us painfully aware of the importance of climate goals with regard to the future of our globalised world.
This year’s COP, with the slogan »Together for Implementation«, seeks to make it clear that it is high time to put the promises made in existing climate agreements—such as measures to meet the 1.5-degree target or the USD 100 billion target for financial support to countries in the Global South—into action. With the issue having been blocked by industrialised countries for many years, one focus of this African COP will be on climate finance. This includes, above all, financial support for countries in the Global South to address climate-related loss and damage. Other important topics of discussion will be climate adaptation and a socially just energy transition.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will also be present at COP27, supporting 50 delegates from trade unions and civil society in advocating for their interests. The focus of our work is on the link between climate protection and social justice, which is why, together with our partners, we are organising two side events on the topics of »Just Energy Transition Partnerships« and »Youth and Climate Justice«. We will also be accompanying the climate policy negotiations with background discussions and briefings.
As in previous years, we will be supporting the NGO Climate Tracker, offering young climate journalists from the Global South the opportunity to receive further training and to report on topics relevant to their region in the context of the UN climate negotiations. Their articles will be published during the next three weeks on this page.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the annual meeting of the member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC was adopted at the UN Environmental and Development Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and the parties have met to discuss answers and solutions to fighting climate change multilaterally and at international level since 1995. Particularly far-reaching climate policy decisions were taken at the third COP (COP3) in Kyoto, known as the Kyoto Protocol, and at COP21 in Paris, which resulted in the Paris Agreement.