Saturday, November 05, 2022

The Cop Cop-out


COP 27 climate summit i—the 27th Conference of State Parties begins tomorrow, November 6, and ends on the 18th.

The Centre for UN Constitutional Research (CUNCR) predicts COP27 “will likely face the same empty promises and no actions by most big countries responsible for climate change.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns “the world is failing to protect people from the here-and-now impacts of the climate crisis”. He explained,  "The world is falling far short, both in stopping the growth of greenhouse gas emissions and starting desperately needed efforts, to plan, finance and implement adaptation in light of growing risks”. He pointed out that adaptation needs in the developing world are set to skyrocket to as much as $340 billion a year by 2030. “Yet adaptation support today stands at less than one-tenth of that amount. The most vulnerable people and communities are paying the price. This is unacceptable.” 

Meena Raman, a Senior Researcher at the Third World Network, a member organization of Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ), stated the $100 billion target is supposed to be $100 billion per year. “This target is not expected to be realised and is complicated by how climate finance is counted.”

Gadir Lavadenz, Global Coordinator, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ), said, that the present annual $100 billion target was not only evaded systematically by developed nations, but it has demonstrated to be insufficient to deal with the magnitude of our climate crisis and there is growing evidence of this.

“It is outrageous to still see big corporations manipulating and dominating this process. Big polluters have a role to play, stop polluting and not use the climate COPs to greenwash their actions.” He continued, "COP 27, unlike its predecessor, should move away from false solutions like geo-engineering, carbon offsets, nature-based solutions and others and instead focus on the matters that have the potential to impact the most vulnerable countries and groups”.

COP27: A Climate Summit Following Empty Promises & Funding Failures | Inter Press Service (

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