COP27: Architects of Paris Agreement Call for Nature Deal – Live | Policeman27

Funding for countries on the front lines of the climate crisis should have been a big topic at this year’s summit.

But the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and other developing countries said yes seriously concerned about the lack of progress on financing for loss and damage.

AOSIS chairman Sir Molwyn Joseph, Antigua and Barbuda’s environment minister, accused some developed countries of trying to block progress “and worse still, of trying to undermine small island states.” He said:

We have come too far to fail on loss and damage financing. Three quarters of humanity are counting on a favorable outcome of COP27.

AOSIS and our fellow developing countries have struggled over the past thirty years to be heard on this issue. AOSIS has worked tirelessly this year to build consensus, devise a clear core proposal for loss and damage response, and secure the commitment of the international community to come to COP27 and negotiate on this issue in good faith.

Now, here we are, and some developed countries are furiously trying to block progress and, worse, trying to undermine small island developing states. So, not only are they causing the worst impacts of the climate crisis, they are playing with us in this multilateral process.

If other countries continue to set aside small islands to serve the interests of the fossil fuel industry, they cannot expect our people to be swimming in a stagnant pool. The tide has turned in losses and damages. Why do you keep turning a deaf ear to the cries of our people? Why does he continue to question the very credibility of this trial?

Patrick Greenfield

Lula she has arrived!

Patrick Greenfield he is still there watching the scene. He writes:

There is a great roar from the crowd as Lula arrives and parades into a meeting room next to the pavilion.

Chants of “Ole, ole, ole, ola, Lula, Lula!” restart. It’s unclear if she will address the crowd. So far I have not seen so much enthusiasm at COP27.

I’m told Lula will be speaking alongside Amazon governors at the event.

What a rockstar, can’t even see him!

— Frankie Leach (@francesleach_) November 16, 2022


Not everything is gloomy in Cop. Enthusiastic crowds await the appearance of the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – or Lula, as he is better known, at a side event.

Our man Patrick Greenfield is among them and posted a video of the moment on Twitter. He writes:

The incoming Brazilian president is not expected to speak formally at the climate summit for another six hours, but Lula fever has set in at COP27.

I’m in a large crowd waiting to hear Lula speak at a side event, already chanting her name in anticipation. Senior diplomats, NGO heads and media from around the world flock to the event trying to catch a glimpse of Brazil’s president-elect when he arrives. Lula has pledged to aim for zero deforestation in the Amazon.

“Ole, ole, ola… Lula… Lula”

Big crowds waiting for @LulaOficial to speak at a side event at #Cop27

— Patrick Greenfield (@pgreenfielduk) November 16, 2022


After the environmental destruction presided over by his immediate predecessor, right wing Jair Bolsonaro, there are high hopes that Lula will take action to protect Brazil’s environment and its flagship, the Amazon rainforest.

But the man on whom so many have pinned their hopes has been embroiled in environmental controversy already this week, after arriving in Egypt by private jet.

Lula is far from the only police participant to have arrived via private aviation. FlightRadar data showed that 36 private jets landed in Sharm el-Sheikh between Nov. 4 and 6, and 64 flew to Cairo, 24 of which were from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tuesday brought the sad news of fears that some countries were backtracking on their climate pledgeswith early drafts of summit decisions showing attempts to undo deals and water down promises.

Today our team will be watching closely as the negotiations progress, in particular by staying alive on the possibility that extreme positions – such as attempts to scrap the 1.5°C global warming target – may have been advanced as negotiating ploys, rather than serious attempts to rewrite global goals.

This morning a statement released by the G20 group of industrialized countries, whose summit in Indonesia takes place in parallel with COP27, reaffirmed their commitment to 1.5 degrees.

Noting IPCC assessments that the impact of climate change will be much smaller than a 1.5°C increase in temperature compared to 2°C, we decide to continue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C. This will require significant and effective action and commitment from all countries…

The G20’s unequivocal statement comes after a series of leaked drafts from COP27 showed potential reversals in various areas. The central goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C has come under fire from India and China, who instead want to return to the Paris Agreement goal of an upper limit of 2°C.

Another draft showed proposals to halve commitments to finance climate adaptation. You can read more about the controversial drafts in our story last night.

Police observers are still reeling from the dramatic and sometimes farcical scenes at last night’s Russian Federation COP27 event.

Was, Damian Carrington And Nina Lakhani report, and notable for two things: the cries of “war criminals” and the complete absence of any discussion of domestic oil and gas production. The latter despite Russia being the world’s second largest producer of oil and gas and carbon emissions from fossil fuels being the main cause of the climate crisis.

The event began with repeated shouts of protesters “You are war criminals”, before they were quickly removed from the room. “The event is about the climate agenda, not the political agenda,” the president said. However, in the 75 minutes that followed, the role of fossil fuels was not mentioned by the six men who made up the panel.

‘These are war criminals’: Activist interrupts Russia’s first public meeting at COP27 – video

Sergei Anoprienko, Deputy Minister of the Environment, was the first to speak about the economic damage caused by the melting of permafrost and the elimination of waste dumps. Kirill Komarov, of the state-owned nuclear company Rosatom, has spoken at length about Russia’s nuclear capabilities. “Arguments against nuclear power are very often politically colored and are emotional,” he said, adding that a floating nuclear power plant on a remote peninsula has allowed “children to see for the first time that snow can be white.”

A science adviser to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, spoke about monitoring greenhouse gases and a special breed of poplar that could absorb more carbon as it grows.

Also on the panel was Vyacheslav Fetisov, the United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador for Russia, a Russian Duma deputy and a former ice hockey star, who spoke about the need to preserve access to ‘water. He also railed against the sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine: “We are ready to cooperate but we are hit by sanctions, which include green and energy-saving technology. I don’t understand.”

As the event turned into questions, the Justin Rowlatt, BBC climate editor approached the stage with a cameraman, asking: “Are you going to pay for the environmental damage you caused in Ukraine?” following the invasion, but was quickly removed from the room.

BBC climate editor removed after questioning Russian delegation on Ukraine at Cop27 – video

The last question from the audience was what Russia thought India’s proposal to include the need to ‘phase out all fossil fuels’ in the text of the final COP27 decision, rather than simply “phasing out coal” as foreseen in the Glasgow pact agreed at COP26. This produced the gnomic response: “The coal is still alive, so let’s wait.”

The speakers had described Russia as a “climate responsible” nation. But the event provided little evidence of this.

Asked later why she stopped the event, the Ukrainian activist Svitlana Romanko, of Razom We Stand, said: “I am glad that I called evil by name and was able to tell them what all Ukrainians would like to tell them if they were here. You are a terrorist state, you are genociding, torturing and killing us every day for nine months, your oil and gas is killing us. You are war criminals, you must not be here but before an international tribunal”.

Patrick Greenfield

Patrick Greenfield

Good morning from Sharm el-Sheikh where it is biodiversity day at Cop27. Here’s what to expect:

  • Incoming Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is in town and will address the summit at around 5pm local time (3pm GMT). The world will be especially eager to hear more about its plan to achieve zero deforestation in the Amazon. Lula yesterday met with US climate envoy John Kerry and Chinese chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua, while the president-elect’s neighbors reassured people on the ground in Egypt that halting rampant deforestation in the Amazon will be a priority for the his administration.

Earlier this week, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia – the big three rainforest nations – announced they were forming an alliance to cooperate in their protection at the G20 in Bali. Confusingly, the deal was signed on behalf of Brazil’s far-right outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro, although Lula’s team has also been in contact with the DRC and Indonesia. Hear more details from Lula about how the three countries will cooperate.

Nature takes center stage in Egypt today, just three weeks before the start of COP15 on biodiversity in Montreal, Canada. Overnight, the architects of the Paris Agreement have urged world leaders to reach an ambitious twin deal for nature, while the 1.5C alert is impossible without protecting ecosystems. Expect more from next month’s Nature Summit throughout the day.

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Wednesday’s focus will be on biodiversity and overnight four of the key architects of the Paris climate agreement urged fellow leaders to propose a similar deal for nature at the COP15 conference in Canada in December.

“Leaders must secure a global biodiversity deal that is as ambitious, science-based and comprehensive as the Paris Agreement on climate change. Like the Paris Agreement, it must encourage countries to engage and also to step up their actions commensurate with the scale of the challenge,” said the statement by Laurence Tubiana, Christiana Figueres, Laurent Fabius and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

You can read my colleague Patrick Greenfield’s report here:

Elsewhere, today may be the day we see a first draft of the “cover text” for the conference, which can give an idea of ​​how much progress – or not – has been made in the talks.

You can also retrieve yesterday’s events here.

I am Damien Gayleand you can send me news, suggestions, questions, or anything else at or on Twitter at @damiengal.

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