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GCSE @ COP27
It will take nothing short of global collective action to minimize climate change impacts. GCSE joins tens of thousands of public, nonprofit, and private representatives at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. As a UNFCCC accredited organization, GCSE will learn from and contribute to global conversations on how governments can leverage the best available climate science to inform decision making. Strong emphasis will be placed on urging nations to shift gears from negotiation to implementation of climate commitments.
Live From Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Throughout COP27, the GCSE team will be sharing updates regularly from the conference and our delegation through our daily news brief, The Daily Dispatch, and social media content. Follow GCSE on LinkedIn (Global Council for Science and the Environment), Twitter (@GCSEGlobal) and keep up with #GCSECOP27 to see live updates on activities from our delegates and others.
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Focus Areas for COP27
Each year, the COP Presidency sets an agenda for climate discussions and negotiations. This year, the key word is “implementation.” Building on the discourse of last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, this COP will center on how to translate climate goals into concrete action. Although the 2-week conference will span topics from climate migration to energy transitions, important focus areas for this year will be:
Mitigation and Adaptation
Loss and Damage
In climate policy, mitigation broadly refers to preventing greenhouse gas emissions (and therefore the severity of climate impact) through measures like energy efficiency upgrades and transitioning to clean energy. Adaptation measures help communities adjust to the realized or anticipated effects of climate change, such as bolstering coastal infrastructure to withstand rising sea levels, or strengthening risk management plans for extreme weather.
According to the IPCC 6th Assessment report, climate mitigation strategies have progressed around the world since the signing of the Paris Agreement. However, substantially more investment is needed to help nations adapt to existing and expected changes in weather and climate.
Investment in both mitigation and adaptation strategies requires immense and sophisticated financial mechanisms at every scale. Past climate treaties, including the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, have recognized that developed nations, which have the greatest financial resources, have contributed the most to climate change. Developed nations are therefore expected to provide financial assistance for adaptation and mitigation in developing nations.
At COP15 (2009), developed nations pledged a collective $100 billion to support an international climate fund, but have since fallen short of this commitment. The Egyptian Presidency will revisit these commitments at COP27.
|According to UN News, “loss and damage” will also be a focal point at COP27. Loss and damage refers to compensation for the growing cost of natural disasters and disruptions that are more intense and frequent due to climate change. Nations that have contributed the least to climate change are frequently the most vulnerable to its impacts, and therefore experience greater loss and damage. These nations call for just compensation from higher-emitting, developed nations.|
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