Addressing the climate crisis requires bold and rapid collective action
- Egypt's COP27 presidency vision is to move from negotiations and planning to implementation. Now is the time for action on the ground. It is therefore incumbent upon us to move rapidly towards full, timely, inclusive, and at-scale action on the ground.
- We need to harmonize our global efforts. If we are to meet our pledges and commitments words must be turned into action.
- Globally, the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is impacting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Rising global average temperature and rapid global warming are causing alarming consequences on human beings and all other forms of life on earth.
- In fact, the climate crisis will aggravate social, economic and environmental threats. Thus, urgent actions are needed to address the climate crisis and to strengthen the implementation of ` response with an aim to create a resilient planet.
- Our collective efforts to combat the adverse impacts of climate change are necessary/crucial if we are to secure a sustainable future for all.
Once again, we must implement now. Together we can succeed through just and ambitious collective action which leaves no one behind.
What is COP?
A defining moment in the fight against climate change.
Science has established beyond doubt that the window for action is closing rapidly. In November 2022, Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition.
A golden opportunity for all stakeholders to rise to the occasion and tackle effectively the global challenge of climate change facilitated by Egypt on the African continent.
It is the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference
Egypt assumes the incoming Presidency of COP 27 with a clear recognition of the gravity of the global climate challenge and appreciation of the value of multilateral, collective and concerted action as the only means to address this truly global threat.
As we approach COP27, we are committed to support an inclusive, transparent and party-driven process to ensure timely and adequate action.
From Stockholm, Rio, Bali, Kyoto, Durban, Paris, Katowice, Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh
Global political will, supported by science heading to a paradigm shift through just and ambitious transformation.
IPCC has provided the credible science, successive COP decisions laid out the collective governmental actions, The Convention and its agreements outlined the principles, legal obligations and guidelines for collective action.
Recent IPCC reports have highlighted the gravity of the climate crisis and the need for immediate and sustained political will, impactful action and effective cooperation. Building on Glasgow's momentum, we seek to further enhance the scope of deliverables across the climate action agenda.
We believe there is a need for progress on the ground on all aspects of our work; mitigation, adaptation, finance, loss and damage.
We are aware of the challenges and the opportunities related to climate action, and the potentials and needs of all including those who are in vulnerable situations and the vulnerable communities and we stand ready to engage with all parties to accelerate climate action.
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Africa is determined to show its leadership in climate action through showcasing its contributions to global movement to tackle climate change, its role in facilitating and mobilizing action at scale, its vision for a just and sustainable future to its people and to the wider global population.
The hope is that COP27 will be the turning point where the world came together and demonstrated the requisite political will to take on the climate challenge through concerted, collaborative and impactful action. Where agreements and pledges were translated to projects and programs, where the world showed that we are serious in working together and in rising to the occasion, where climate change seized to be a zero sum equation and there is no more " us and them" but one international community working for the common good of our shared planet and humanity.
In addition to its main responsibilities related to the meetings of the COP, CMP and CMA and supporting Parties in advancing their agreed agendas through consensus, the Egyptian Presidency is keen to ensure that COP sessions provide a space for serious interaction and engagement with all stakeholders with a view to integrating their views and contributions into the overall global effort to combat climate change.
With this in mind, the incoming Egyptian COP27 Presidency has identified a range of topics focused on enhancing implementation and raising ambition on broad range of issues related to climate change. Egypt has further designated several thematic days for focused discussions, including through side events, panel discussions, round tables and other interactive formats to deliberate on and share with the wider audience.
Furthermore, COP21 in Paris and COP25 in Madrid specifically mandated the Presidency to work with the Executive Secretary, and with the support of the High-Level Champions, to organize a high-level event on Climate Action. The COP and CMA have also mandated convening a range of high-level events to complement the formal negotiations process in order to enable greater understanding among stakeholders and to mobilize accelerated implementation of the Convention and the Paris Agreement.
In Glasgow, Parties reaffirmed the long-term global goal under the Convention, and the temperature limitation goal of the Paris Agreement, and recognized that urgent action needs to be taken to keep the 1.5 degree target within reach, a call confirmed by latest IPCC Working Group III report, furthermore Parties and stakeholders confirmed the importance and priority of Adaptation and Resilience for all countries and communities, particularly in developing countries, IPCC reports including the latest working group II report highlighted that the world is not on track to deal with current climate impacts and is not prepared to deal with the increasing number and magnitude of climate change induced impacts.
The Glasgow outcomes also highlighted the centrality of urgently scaling up support, including appropriate finance, capacity building and technology transfer, to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change in line with the best available science, considering the priorities and needs of developing country Parties.
COP Presidency Vision
As agreed by all stakeholders, and confirmed in Glasgow COP26, this is a critical decade, scaled up action on the ground, full implementation of commitments and pledges, new and additional provisions and mobilization of finance, clear deliverables are all needed to achieve the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, such ambitious transformative actions provides the paradigm shift we all need to a more sustainable, climate resilient, low emissions and carbon neutral future anchored on science and principles, for this reason, Egyptian presidency structured COP27 action agenda with a focus on implementation, aiming at mobilizing collective efforts for ambitious emission reductions from different sectors, enhanced transformative adaptation agenda on the ground, enabling flows of appropriate finance and delivering on the ground on time and at scale.
In structuring the discussions within the different thematic days, the role of youth, civil society, and different stakeholders shall be taken into consideration to ensure their full and effective engagement. Furthermore, in structuring the days, dedicated sessions shall be allocated for Africa aiming at furthering the understanding around solutions, challenges and opportunities for the continent. Similarly, the role of regional cooperation, local governments and cities will be elaborated as a cross cutting issues. Other initiatives and topics of interest such as, but not limited to, transport and waste shall be included within the relevant days.
Implementation requires inputs and contributions from all stakeholders, governmental and non-governmental alike. With this in mind, the COP27 presidency will organize a series of events and thematic dialogues across the following broad thematic days, in preparing the detailed program, and as appropriate, the COP27 presidency will consider the cross-cutting nature of the themes in relation to adaptation, mitigation and finance.
Exact date will be specified once confirmed
Finance is the cornerstone for implementing climate actions and scaling up ambition and hence it has been at the heart of the UNFCCC process and the Paris Agreement negotiations. The Glasgow outcomes also reiterated the centrality of finance as a catalyst for progress on all aspects of the global climate agenda and many Parties demonstrated the political will to deliver on finance commitments.
The Finance day will address several aspects of the climate finance ecosystem, including but not limited to, innovative and blended finance and financial instruments, tools and policies that has the potential to enhance access, scale up finance and contribute to the transition envisaged and needed, including those related to debt for environment swaps. The Finance day will also feature the holding of one or more of the mandated events including Ministerial finance roundtable.
Adaptation and Agriculture Day
Adaptation and Resilience are of crucial importance to all parties and in particular developing countries. IPCC reports including the latest working group II report highlighted the devastating impacts endured by many countries across the world, and pointed to the fact that we are not on track to deal with current climate impacts nor are we prepared for the extreme weather events that are increasing in number and intensity.
In a time of increased food insecurity, it is important to have deep discussions on ways to deal with food security, increase agriculture productivity, reduce losses in food production chain, enhance resilience and livelihoods for small scale farmers and ensure measures are in place for sustained food security and to manage any potential food crises.
Adaptation day will also provide an opportunity to discuss whole gamut of adaptation related issues including agriculture, nutrition, coastal areas livelihoods and protection, Loss and Damage, Disaster Risk Reduction, and solutions to building resilience of agriculture and food systems to adverse climate impacts, e.g. droughts, floods.
Water is the source of life and livelihoods. Climate impacts on water and the linkages to wider, cross cutting impacts on development and livelihoods are well documented and substantiated by credible scientific reports and analyses including most recently by the IPCC and numerous other institutions.
Discussions at the Water Day will cover all issues related to sustainable water resource management. the water day will comprise the different topics of water scarcity, drought, cross boundary cooperation and improvement of early warning systems.
Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement and all the way to Glasgow in 2021, several energy intensive sectors and companies have come forward with plans and policies and actions aiming to reduce their carbon footprints and to gradually move towards decarbonization.
Technologies are emerging as potential solutions to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. The day would provide an opportunity to discuss such approaches and policies, and to showcase technologies with an aim to encourage and facilitate the much-needed transition and paradigm shift towards a low carbon economy.
2022 witnesses several landmark science reports from IPCC, UNEP, and other institutions. Ocean science as well as outcomes from Oceans conferences including the 3rd UN Oceans conference are gaining relevance and linkages to the global climate agenda are evident. The science related to the UNCCD and UNCBD, together with Stockholm+50 are also clearly relevant and interlinked with the climate action agenda.
The Science day would comprise panel discussions and events to bring forward the outcomes of the reports and their recommendations and further enhance engagement of the climate community, practitioners and different stakeholders to discuss and engage on the linkages and findings related to climate change, it would provide an opportunity to engage with the science community and academia and bring their views into the conversation so as to ensure that all work and action is based on solid, credible science, and further discuss roles of academia in support for global action to tackle climate change.
Possible solutions for the broad array of climate change challenges range from the holistic, cross cutting solutions such as greening of national budgets, or sustainable cities, multilevel action and sustainable transport, to sectoral solutions like waste management, alternatives to plastic and green building. More specific solutions emanating from private sector and start-ups bringing creativity and innovation to the effort to deal with climate change.
Sustainable cities, green buildings and resilient infrastructures are all part of the paradigm shift envisaged in the critical decade and beyond, with an aim to achieve a transformative implementation building on agreed deliverables under different agreements and a further ambitious pledge to reduce climate impacts and consider the role of cities in combating climate change.
Sustainable transport, is another key sector that provides direct and cross cutting impact on climate change, pollution, quality of living and efficiency, in this regard it is important to highlight potentials for this sector, success stories and available opportunities.
Solutions Day will bring together government representatives and businesses and innovators to share their experiences and their ideas with the aim of spreading awareness, sharing experiences and best practices and perhaps building future alliances and collaborations.
Bearing in mind that start-ups can bring creativity and innovation to the effort of combating climate change, Solutions Day will bring together established Businesses and small and medium scale innovators along with Government and Financial institution representatives with the aim of sharing experiences, discussing challenges and potentially building collaborations and future alliances.
The role of women in dealing with all aspects of the climate change challenge is central, crucial and indispensable. Women continue to bear a disproportionate burden from the adverse impacts of climate change, and despite some progress having been made over recent years, the gender perspective needs further work to be fully integrated into the processes of formulating and implementing policies and actions on the ground. The Gender Day aims to bring this issue to the forefront and to provide a platform to discuss existing challenges and to share success stories from around the world with a view to increasing awareness and sharing experiences and promoting gender sensitive and responsive policies, strategies and actions. The day will shed light on the woman’s role in adapting to climate change.
The Energy Day would deal with all aspects of energy and climate change, including renewable energy and energy transformation, with a specific focus on just transition in the energy sector, and Green hydrogen as a potential energy source for the future. It would also include energy efficiency and ways to manage the envisaged global just transition in energy.
Renewable energy, smart grids, energy efficiency and energy storage are all elements of a much needed comprehensive vision of how energy ecosystems could evolve to in the near future, they are also components of a transformative energy future, challenges and opportunities for just energy transition would be part of the discussions in this thematic day.
The day would deal with nature and ecosystem-based solutions. It would also allow the discussion about the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and the means to mobilize the global actions towards the challenges to halt biodiversity loss and to reduce the impacts of climate change and pollution. The discussions would also include the impacts of climate change on oceans, endangered species, coral reefs, sustainability of protected areas to deliver ecosystem services to human, impacts of plastic waste on the aquatic ecosystems and species, ecosystem-based solutions and their link to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Youth and Future Generations Day
Ensuring that the voice of Youth and Future Generations is heard loud and clear is one of the objectives of the CoP27 Presidency. Having heard the priorities and concerns of Youth representatives over the past few months, it has been decided to hold a stand-alone day to engage Youth and ensure that their perspectives are taken on board and reflected across all areas of the climate agenda. The day will provide an opportunity to showcase Youth success stories and challenges and will allow for interaction with policy makes and practitioners as well as a dialogue with the High-level Champions and non-party stakeholders.
Ace and Civil Society Day
Climate action requires engagement with, and contributions from all stakeholders.
Needless to say, Civil Society is an indispensable partner in the global effort to combat climate change. With this in mind CoP27 will hold a dedicated day to engage Civil Society and to ensure their views and perspectives are integrated in a meaningful manner. Participants will have a platform for sharing best practices and identifying challenges, as well as networking and developing multi-stakeholder partnership opportunities, it will showcase the role and contribution of civil society in this area and across the board in different forms of climate action and policy response.