COP27

COP27

From 6 to 18 November,  2022 ... Heads of State, ministers and negotiators, along with climate activists, mayors, civil society representatives and CEOs will meet in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the largest annual gathering on climate action.

The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP27 – will build on the outcomes of COP26 to deliver action on an array of issues critical to tackling the climate emergency – from urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, to delivering on the commitments to finance climate action in developing countries. 

Faced with a growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, COP27 seeks renewed solidarity between countries, to deliver on the landmark Paris Agreement, for people and the planet. 

“Today and in light of the unmistakable messages in the recent IPCC reports, and following COP26 in Glasgow, we are once again called upon to act rapidly if we are to really meet the 1.5-degree goal, build our resilience, and enhance our capacity to adapt. I deeply believe that COP27 is an opportunity to showcase unity against an existential threat that we can only overcome through concerted action and effective implementation. As incoming Presidency Egypt will spare no effort to ensure that COP27 becomes the moment when the world moved from negotiation to implementation and where words were translated to actions, and where we collectively embarked on a path towards sustainability, a just transition and eventually a greener future for coming generations.” —From the Welcoming Address by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Please go here for the schedule of events.

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COP27 Reaches Breakthrough Agreement on New “Loss and Damage” Fund for Vulnerable Countries

11/20/22
“This outcome moves us forward,” said Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. “We have determined a way forward on a decades-long conversation on funding for loss and damage – deliberating over how we address…

The Global South Climate Database

11/07/22
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Factbox: COP27: Major players at the U.N. climate talks in Egypt

11/04/22
Each of the 197 signatories to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has its own concerns and interests, which can make reaching any consensus a huge challenge

Interactive: Who wants what at the COP27 climate change summit

11/02/22
Thousands of diplomats and officials from all over the world will soon arrive at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27. There, they will negotiate the next steps for international climate action while…

In numbers: The state of the climate ahead of Cop27

10/28/22
In the two weeks ahead of the Cop27 summit in Egypt, every group of climate wonks has a report out on the state of the play. Overwhelmed? We’ve got you covered.

COP27 World Leaders Summit

10/06/22
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Q&A: Should developed nations pay for ‘loss and damage’ from climate change?

09/26/22
This year has seen thousands of people killed in a run of unprecedented extreme weather events. Catastrophic flooding has caused at least 1,500 deaths in Pakistan in recent weeks, while record heat has blighted much…

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COP27: Sharp rise in fossil fuel industry delegates at climate summit

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By Robinson Meyer  Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty   11/09/22  
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By Fiona Harvey  Photo: David Goldman/AP   11/09/22  
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Cop27: ending war in Ukraine necessary to tackle climate crisis, Zelenskiy says

11/08/22  
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House Republicans to push nuclear power, natural gas at COP27

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano  Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call   11/08/22  
House Republicans heading to the United Nations climate conference in Egypt plan to argue that nuclear power and natural gas are essential to meeting global climate goals, the head of the delegation said Monday, even…

A climate change report card for the world

By Sarah Kaplan  Illustration: Washington Post   11/07/22  
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In a shift, U.S. says companies are pivotal to climate talks’ success

By Evan Halper and Others  Photo: Susan Walsh, AP   11/07/22  
With war, inflation and electoral chaos preoccupying world leaders, the Biden administration is looking for corporations to take center stage as the U.N. Climate Change Conference gets underway in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

U.N. chief calls for global climate pact, warning of ‘highway to climate hell’

By Allyson Chiu and Others   11/07/22  
U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called for the creation of a “climate solidarity pact” between wealthier and developing countries to meet key climate goals in opening remarks at this year’s U.N. climate change conference in…

Coke Is a Sponsor of the Climate Summit in Egypt. Some Activists Aren’t Happy.

By Cora Engelbrecht  Photo: Amanuel Sileshi, Getty Images   11/07/22  
The decision to include Coca-Cola as a major sponsor of this year’s United Nations climate summit in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, has angered many climate activists, who cite a recent report that says the company’s…

Switzerland Is Paying Poorer Nations to Cut Emissions on Its Behalf

By Hiroko Tabuchi  Photo: Fabrice Coffrini, Getty Images   11/07/22  
Switzerland, one of the world’s richest nations, has an ambitious climate goal: It promises to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. But the Swiss don’t intend to reduce emissions by that much…

Countries Made Bold Climate Promises Last Year. How Are They Doing?

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At last year’s U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, world leaders pledged to halt deforestation, phase out fossil fuel subsidies and offer up more climate aid. Following through has been tough....

Developing Nations Have a Message at Global Climate Talks: Polluters, Pay Up

By Brad Plumer and Others  Photo: Fareed Khan, Associated Press   11/06/22  
In Pakistan, flooding this summer killed 1,700 people and left one-third of the country underwater. In Fiji, entire villages are retreating inland to escape rising seas. In Kenya, persistent drought has killed livestock and devastated…

What is COP27? What you need to know about the U.N. climate summit.

By Ellen Francis and Others  Photo: Sedat Suna, Shutterstock   11/05/22  
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Nations converge to address climate change

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Sayed Sheasha/Reuters   11/04/22  
World leaders will gather in Egypt next week to confront climate change at a moment of colliding crises: a war in Europe that has upended energy markets, rising global inflation, deep political divisions in many…

As climate disasters grow more costly, who should pay the bill?

By Alejandra Borunda   11/04/22  
First came a record-shattering, months-long heat wave, roiling Pakistan from March to May. Just a few weeks later came months of crushing, punishing rains that flooded a third of the entire country. The floods’ economic…

What do big polluters owe?

By Somini Sengupta   11/04/22  
The most important lesson I’ve learned as a global climate correspondent is this: The most acute impacts of climate change are often felt by those who are least responsible for the problem.

As Other Global Crises Collide, Nations Converge to Address Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Sayed Sheasha/Reuters   11/04/22  
World leaders will gather in Egypt next week to confront climate change at a moment of colliding crises: a war in Europe that has upended energy markets, rising global inflation, deep political divisions in many…

Glaciers in Yosemite and Africa will disappear by 2050, U.N. warns

By Rick Noack  Photo: Gian Ehrenzeller, AP   11/03/22  
Glaciers in at least one-third of World Heritage sites possessing them, including Yosemite National Park, will disappear by mid-century even if emissions are curbed, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization warned in a new…

Interactive: Who wants what at the COP27 climate change summit

By Aruna Chandrasekhar and Others  Photo: Mike Muzurakis   11/02/22  
Thousands of diplomats and officials from all over the world will soon arrive at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27. There, they will negotiate the next steps for international climate action while…

Ahead of COP27, New Climate Reports are Warning Shots to a World Off Course

By Bob Berwyn  Photo: Rafael Henrique, Getty Images   11/01/22  
The gaps between climate promises, including last year’s global methane pledge, and emissions are growing, while the coming climate negotiations may be distracted by world events and disinformation.
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Nature-Based Solutions Can Help Fight Climate Change

By Courtney Durham & Lauren Spurrier   11/01/22  
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will gather in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from Nov. 6-18 at the 27th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference —known as COP27—in an effort to agree on solutions…

Why Greta Thunberg is shunning the U.N. climate conference this year

By Shannon Osaka  Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters   10/31/22  
Greta Thunberg, the activist from Sweden, was catapulted to worldwide fame at a climate conference. In 2018, the then-15-year-old wandered the halls of a United Nations conference venue in Poland in a black zip-up hoodie…

Cop27 movers and shakers: Nine people shaping the climate agenda

By Chloe Farand  Photo: Kiara Worth   10/28/22  
Hiked food and fuel prices, ballooning debt and economic downturn are threatening global climate action as the nation prepares to host the Cop27 climate summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

In numbers: The state of the climate ahead of Cop27

By Chloe Farand and Others  Photo: Mario Goebbels, Flickr   10/28/22  
In the two weeks ahead of the Cop27 summit in Egypt, every group of climate wonks has a report out on the state of the play. Overwhelmed? We’ve got you covered.

Kerry says major emitters must address climate impact on Africa

By Zack Budryk  Photo: Firdia Lisnawati, Associated Press   10/27/22  
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry emphasized the need for major greenhouse gas emitters to do their part to mitigate climate change in remarks Tuesday, specifically citing the disproportionate risk to African nations relative to their…

War in Ukraine Likely to Speed, Not Slow, Shift to Clean Energy, I.E.A. Says

By Brad Plumer  Photo: Martin Meissner/Associated Press   10/27/22  
The energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to speed up rather than slow down the global transition away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner technologies like wind, solar and electric vehicles,…

Kerry softens message on climate payments for poor nations

By Sara Schonhardt  Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP Photo   10/27/22  
Special climate envoy John Kerry on Wednesday moved the United States one step closer to addressing the most divisive issue heading into global climate talks next month: payments to poor countries for irreparable damage caused…

How to Combat Climate Disinformation Around COP27

10/26/22  
Next month, the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP), the annual UN Climate Negotiations Conference, will kick off in Cairo, Egypt. Once again, negotiators and politicians from all over the world will join up to…

The Field Report: As COP27 Approaches, a Push for More Attention to Food and Agriculture

By Lisa Held   10/26/22  
On November 6, world leaders will meet in Egypt for COP27, the 27th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. In the run-up to the event, many groups are calling attention to what they see as…

Climate Plans Remain Insufficient: More Ambitious Action Needed Now

By Alexander Saier   10/26/22  
A new report from UN Climate Change shows countries are bending the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions downward but underlines that these efforts remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius…

John Kerry is looking for money (to help save the climate)

By Bill McKibben  Photo: Linh Pham/Bloomberg   10/24/22  
Private capital may require some “concessions” before it helps developing countries transition to clean energy.

U.S. groups urge Kerry to back climate compensation fund

By Valerie Volcovici   10/24/22  
Over 100 U.S. environmental groups on Monday urged top U.S. climate diplomat John Kerry to support the creation of a fund that would compensate countries that have experienced economic and physical loss from climate change,…

South Africa’s Environment Minister Says COP27 Won’t Advance Climate Ambition

By Antony Sguazzin  Photo: Waldo Sweigers, Bloomberg   10/24/22  
An upcoming global summit on climate change is unlikely to result in more ambitious targets or additional financing for developing nations struggling to adapt, South Africa’s Environment Minister said.

The US May Have Scored a Climate Victory in Congress, but It Will Be in the Hot Seat With Other Major Emitters at UN Climate Talks

By Marianne Lavelle  Photo: Rafael Henrique, Getty Images   10/23/22  
A year of floods, drought and other events linked to global warming have galvanized developing nations to demand redress for their losses. After years of frustration, they will also seek stronger commitments from colossal polluters…

Egypt’s Carceral Climate Summit: Naomi Klein on the Crisis of COP27 Being Held in a Police State

10/21/22  
Egypt is preparing to host world leaders next month at the U.N.’s annual climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, a move that prominent environmentalist and author Naomi Klein calls “greenwashing.” While the government embraces superficial causes…

PR firm accused of greenwashing big oil is helping organise COP27

By Ben Webster and Others  Photo: Rafael Henrique, SIPA USA   10/21/22  
The US public relations firm helping Egypt organise COP27 also works for major oil companies and has been accused of greenwashing on their behalf, openDemocracy can reveal. Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which has worked for ExxonMobil, Shell,…

COP27 is all about the money

By Tim Mcdonnell  Photo: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters   10/19/22  
A bill for climate change is coming due: $4.3 trillion. That’s the sum the US and other major carbon polluters will face at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt next month.

UN climate talks in Egypt must urgently focus on methane

By Morgan Bazilian and Others  Photo: David Goldman, AP Photo   10/11/22  
In about a month, the global climate community will descend upon Egypt for the next round of annual climate change talks convened by the United Nations. At the same time, much of Europe will be…

Biden will attend COP27 — the U.N’s climate change summit — in Egypt

By Tyler Pager and Others  Photo: Anna Moneymaker, Getty Images   10/07/22  
President Biden will travel to Egypt to attend this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, according to two people familiar with his plans who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss…

COP27: Why is addressing ‘loss and damage’ crucial for climate justice?

By Daisy Dunne and Josh Gabbatiss  Graphic: Tom Prater   09/29/22  
The death and destruction that can result from climate change is not evenly distributed around the world. Those who have often contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, because they are poor or live in…

EU won’t back climate damage fund talks at COP27, says draft

By Karl Mathiesen  Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images   09/29/22  
The European Union won't back developing country demands for a new fund to be created at the COP27 U.N. climate talks, according to a draft negotiating plan. The document, which may change before being finalized…

Cop27: Egyptian hosts urge leaders to set aside tensions over Ukraine

By Fiona Harvey  Photo: Sayed Sheasha/Reuters   09/28/22  
The Egyptian hosts of the next UN climate summit have issued a plea for countries to set aside tensions and animosity over the Ukraine war for the sake of focusing on the climate crisis.

Loss and damage: What happens when climate change destroys lives and cultures?

By Daisy Dunne and Aruna Chandrasekhar  Photo: Alamy Stock Photo   09/28/22  
High in the Peruvian Andes, there is a glacier whose disappearance has been linked to the departure of the gods. In the belief of the Quechua people, Mount Ausangate is a powerful god of the…

Timeline: The struggle over ‘loss and damage’ in UN climate talks

By Josh Gabbatiss  Graphic: Tom Prater   09/27/22  
Small-island nations have been sounding the alarm about climate change for more than three decades, fearing a future in which their communities and homes are engulfed by rising seas.

Pakistan’s Biblical Floods and the Case for Climate Reparations

By Mohammed Hanif  Photo: Asim Hafeez / Getty   09/26/22  
We have tried, in various ways, to convey to the world the scale of destruction caused by recent floods in Pakistan, because, apparently, a third of the country underwater and thirty-three million lives upended doesn’t…

Can Egypt, host of next year’s COP27, break its gas addiction?

By Tim McDonnell   07/21/22  
Between 2011 and 2014, Egypt was roiled by revolution, enduring a succession of mass protests, scores of civilian deaths, and the ouster of two presidents. Yet a second power struggle flickered in the background: Routine,…

Who has the most delegates at the COP26 summit? The fossil fuel industry.

By Karla Adam and Others  Photo: Peter Summers, Getty Images   11/08/21  
The largest delegation at the COP26 climate summit does not belong to the United States, which is trying hard to reinstate itself as a climate leader, or to the United Kingdom, the host nation that…