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What can we expect from the COP27 in Egypt?

The COP27 (Conference of Parties), the annual international meeting to combat climate change, is to be held from November 7-18, 2022 in Sham el-sheikh, Egypt, on the shores of the Red Sea.   

Que peut-on attendre de la COP27 en Egypte ?
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COP27 in figures

As for every conference, the COP27 is an opportunity for a wide-reaching, international meeting, with over 35,000 people expected to attend. In addition to the official representatives from the 198 participating countries and institutions (the “parties”), environmental NGOs, youth organizations, businesses, investors and councilors from the major world cities are also going to be there. Over 2,000 speakers will take it in turn to address the participants and talk about a wide variety of subjects. The Egyptian organization team has listed over 300 topics for discussion, related to sustainable developmentThis term was first defined in the Brundtland Report, published in 1987, as “development that meets the needs of the present without... and climate change - a number that underlines the complexity of these issues.

An unstable international context

The COP27 will be held in a tense international context, already weakened by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The long-standing history of the COP

The decision to have all the world countries meet once a year, was made when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) was established at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992. The COPThe "Conferences of Parties" (COP) bring together every year since 1995 ... have been held on an annual basis since 1995, with varying degrees of success. The most memorable were the COP3 in Japan, which gave rise to the Kyoto ProtocolInternational agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change... and above all, the COP21 in Paris in 2015.

The Paris AgreementOil contract under which the oil that is produced is shared between the state and the oil company... , and the first of its kind to have a universal reach, set down the objective of keeping the rise in mean global temperature to “well below 2°C” (and preferably limit the increase to +1.5°C) by the end of the century, compared with the levels measured in the 19th century, before the industrial revolution.

Pessimistic climate change forecasts

In September 2022, a report supervised by the World Meteorological Organization stated that the last seven years were the hottest ever recorded.

After a short respite due to the repercussions of Covid-19, recorded levels of greenhouse gas (ghg) Gas with physical properties that cause the Earth's atmosphere to warm up. There are a number of naturally occurring greenhouse gases... emissions from fossil energies currently exceed those recorded prior to the pandemic.

It is urgent to stop net emissions altogether, which means not emitting more than nature can absorb. The international experts of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (ipcc)Body established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988... , who have just published their 6th report, estimate that, in order to remain below the threshold increase of 1.5°C, net emissions must begin to decrease as of 2025, to achieve net zero (carbon neutrality) by 2050.

From Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh

The COP26 in Glasgow was a disappointment, even though a few tentative steps forward were made:

The COP27 will include two main points to continue the efforts undertaken over the last few years:

  • Encourage member States to ramp up their “national contributions” by 2030. In the Paris Agreement, rather than set a global reduction target, all too often disregarded by all concerned, each country was asked to define a Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC, to indicate the  effort it could realistically make.
  • Increase help for developing countries and, in particular, finalize the 100 billion dollars of annual financial aid, the principal of which was adopted in 2010.

Find out more:

COP27 website

United Nations website

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