COP27 is the 27th annual “Conference of the Parties”, taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November. COP is the decision-making body for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and it brings together governments from all over the world to accelerate global efforts to address the growing climate crisis.
The annual COP gatherings are vital as the latest science highlights the stark reality that climate change is moving much faster than we are. Ecosystems and communities around the world are being pushed to their limits, and the need to urgently ramp up efforts to drive through climate solutions to halve emissions by 2030 is immediate.
At COP26 in Glasgow last year, the outcomes received a mixed reaction. Many felt that some of the targets weren’t ambitious enough, but progress was made with a new agreed range of ambitions called “The Glasgow Climate Pact” set out.
It is now up to COP27 to build on this progress – here are the goals and vision of the conference:
“Inclusive, rules based and ambitious, substantive outcomes, commensurate with the challenge based on science and guided by principles building on agreements, decisions, pledges and commitments, from RIO 1992 to Glasgow 2021.”
“We seek to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, scaled-up adaptation efforts and enhanced flows of appropriate finance. We recognize that ‘just transition’ remains a priority for developing countries worldwide.”