IISD at UNFCCC COP 27
The 2022 UN Climate Change Conference
Updates from the second week of COP 27 deliberations
Climate negotiators are convening in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27), with the event coming at a time of growing concerns over energy security, economic uncertainty, and geopolitical tensions.
With week one now over, the activities under the Global Stocktake for this COP have now wrapped up, while the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies held their closing plenaries on Saturday evening. At the midway point of the COP's second week, much technical and political work still remains before the conference is scheduled to close on Friday November 18. Climate finance is slated to remain one of the thornier issues to address, including on funding arrangements for loss and damage. To learn more, our colleagues at Carbon Brief have a color-coded text tracker of where the different pending agenda items stand.
For further highlights and images from the COP 27 deliberations, visit our Earth Negotiations Bulletin website. IISD is actively involved in the COP processes and related preparations, both through our Earth Negotiations Bulletin reporting and through our programmatic work on topics ranging from climate adaptation and resilience to energy policy reform. The National Adaptation Plan Global Network, whose secretariat is hosted by IISD, is also engaging closely in these conversations.
We will be updating this page regularly throughout the Sharm el-Sheikh COP. If you have any questions, please let us know: [email protected].
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Essential Viewing: COP27 Side Events
Side events are an integral component of any climate COP, and this year is no exception. Make sure you mark your calendar for the sessions below, with further sessions to be added closer to the date.
Accelerating Action for a Climate-resilient Future Through National Adaptation Plans
On Tuesday November 8 from 11:45–12:30 local time at the United Kingdom Pavilion, join the NAP Global Network, the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO Adaptation), and the Nature & Resilience Department, for an event showcasing adaptation priorities and progress in the Global South, while demonstrating the urgent importance of inclusive, effective national adaptation planning to advancing action.
Impact of Russia's War Against Ukraine on European Climate Policies and Ways Forward
On Tuesday November 8 from 14:00-15:30 local time at the Ukraine Pavilion, join us for a discussion on the changes in European policies that have happened since February 2022 due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The event will examine challenges and ways forward to achieve the Paris Agreement 1.5-2°C goal, while ensuring energy security and social justice. Speakers will also touch upon the role of Ukraine in the decarbonization of Europe.
Enhancing Capacities and Networks for Women's Leadership in Adaptation Action
On Wednesday November 9 from 14:35–15:40 local time at the 4th Paris Committee on Capacity-Building (PCCB) Hub, join the NAP Global Network for a dialogue with national decision-makers and experts involved in NAP processes to explore why women's leadership matters in national-level policies and plans, how it can be enabled, and the difference this makes for gender-responsive adaptation action on the ground.
Embracing Nature as the Foundation for Global Security
On Thursday November 10 from 9:30-11:00 local time, join us at the GEF-GCF Pavilion for a conversation looking at the security risks that are directly and indirectly linked to nature loss, environmental change, and ecological degradation. The moderator and panelists will discuss the importance of nature as the foundation for human, national, and global security, as well as how the nature-security nexus can and should be used to provide a more holistic understanding of the pathways from environmental degradation to security outcomes to better protect people in the places where they live.
Mid-way Through the Glasgow Sharm el-Sheikh (GlaSS) Work Program on the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA): Next steps to fill up the GlaSS?
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Intersection of Surging Energy Prices and Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A window for action
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Multilevel Governance as a Catalyst for Adaptation Finance at the Local Level
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Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Context of the SDGs: Increasing transparency in times of high energy prices
On Friday November 11 from 15:15-16:15 local time, join us and the United Nations Environment Programme at the SDG Pavilion for a conversation on how the SDG 12.c.1 indicator can help increase transparency about fossil fuel subsidies. This conversation comes at a critical moment when many governments are adopting new subsidies to shield their populations and economies from current high energy prices or to ensure a stable energy supply, which is becoming a large drain on their budgets. The session will also highlight the latest available global fossil fuel subsidy data and invite governments from both the Global North and South to present their approaches to measuring their fossil fuel subsidies to allow sharing of good practices.
A Food System in Crisis: Gender-equitable responses to building climate resilience
On Saturday November 12 from 13:00–14:30 local time at the Canada Pavilion, join Canada Foodgrains Bank, World Vision Canada, WaterAid Canada, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) for an event bringing together civil society and think tanks with expertise in agriculture, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and adaptation to discuss approaches to enabling climate-resilient food systems, critical to human and environmental sustainability.
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