This year’s UN climate conference is set for November 6–18.
World leaders gather in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt this November to negotiate, monitor progress on targets, and implement global climate action.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 27th session of the Conference of Parties, called COP27 for short, will have to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions even as the global economy is hit by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Across the world, unprecedented climate disasters such as record-breaking heat waves, forest fires and floods are occurring much before predicted by scientists in previous climate summits.
The problem now is to acknowledge that the pace of climate change is accelerating, and how to get governments to agree on mitigating the causes and implementing of adapting measures before it takes on even more catastrophic proportions.
COP27 is expected to focus on whether countries are following through on commitments made last year.
Hence, the COP27 Egyptian presidency has said its priority is to operationalise climate commitments from previous summits for this year’s annual conference.
In addition to diplomats and business executives, Egyptian officials say up to ninety world leaders could attend COP27. U.S. President Joe Biden reportedly plans to attend, while Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected not to.
Activists and representatives from nongovernmental organizations regularly attend these climate conferences, but their attendance is expected to be lower this year.