Nearly 100 heads of state and government are getting together in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh for a two-day meeting. They will be asked to reduce emissions even more and give money to developing countries that have already been destroyed by the effects of rising temperatures. There are a lot of other problems, like Russia’s war in Ukraine, skyrocketing prices, and the effects of the COVID epidemic that are still being felt, that make people worry that fighting climate change won’t be the top priority for governments.
“Time is running out, and the end of the decade that will decide everything is just a few years away; thus, we must make the most of the time we have left to settle this conflict in the manner in which we choose. Now is the moment for taking action and putting plans into action. According to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, “There is no way to retreat, and there is no place for excuses, because failing to seize the chance will result in the squandering of the legacy for future generations of our children and grandchildren.”
Natural disasters are becoming more severe all over the world, and this year alone they have been responsible for the loss of thousands of lives and the expenditure of billions of dollars. There have been terrible floods in Nigeria and Pakistan, droughts in the US and Africa, and heat waves on three continents that have never happened before.
When it comes to the younger generation, I do not believe that it is fair for our rivers and lakes to be polluted. When powerful politicians are shielded from accountability, I don’t feel like justice is being served. “Is it justice for the world’s leaders to choose profits above lives?” questioned Leah Namugerwa. “Allow the African Cop to operate under a distinct set of rules.” It is important that the African Cop hears from the most important stakeholders. Let the African cop take the lead in the investigation.
The chiefs of developing nations were awarded a minor success on Sunday when delegates at the summit decided to include the contentious issue of compensation for “loss and damage” on the agenda for the meeting. Pakistan, which leads the important G77+China negotiation alliance of more than 130 developing countries and is in charge of the problem, has made it a top priority.
The United States and the European Union have been dragging their feet for years on the proposal because they are afraid that it will create a framework for reparations that is open-ended. According to Guterres, COP27 needs to reach an agreement on a “clear, time-bound plan” for dealing with loss and damage, one that also provides “adequate institutional mechanisms for finance.”
According to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, “getting real results on loss and damage is a litmus test of the commitment of nations to the success of COP27.” Rich countries will also be asked to come up with a plan for sending $100 billion each year to help developing countries green their economies and get ready for climate change in the future.
According to the OECD, the commitment has been overdue for more than two years, and there is still a shortfall of $17 billion. The COP27 is expected to last until November 18, and ministerial meetings are slated to begin during Week Two of the conference. The authorities have reportedly curtailed the right to demonstrate in the days leading up to COP27 and have arrested scores of individuals, according to Human Rights Watch, which indicates that security is quite tight at the gathering.