Addressing the climate crisis requires bold and rapid collective action. The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, is the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference. It begins today, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and ends on the 18th November 2022.

Egypt Goals & Vision 

On the official COP27 website the Egypt goals and vision are stated as below:

Inclusive, rules based and ambitious, substantive outcomes, commensurate with the challenge based on science and guided by principles building on agreements, decisions, pledges and commitments, from RIO 1992 to Glasgow 2021. We seek to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, scaled-up adaptation efforts and enhanced flows of appropriate finance. We recognize that ‘just transition’ remains a priority for developing countries worldwide.

The four main objectives are:

  1. Mitigation.
  2. Adaptation.
  3. Finance.
  4. Collaboration.

We’re showcasing four digital magazine issues from the archives of the Exact Editions’ publishing partners that feature articles centred around those four main objectives.

1. Mitigation

Goal: We must unite globally to limit global warming to well below 2°C and work hard to keep the 1.5°C target alive.

Red Pepper ‘Raising The Steaks’ (April/May 2016)

Kierra Box reports that if we are serious about addressing climate change, we need to put meat on our governments’ menus — and take it off our own.

Without dealing with our meat addiction, we have almost no hope of meeting climate targets. Emissions associated with livestock production are predicted to increase from seven to 12 gigatonnes per year by 2050. Yet to meet the ‘aspirational’ target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, total global emissions in all sectors must remain below 13 gigatonnes.

Read the article here.

2. Adaptation

Goal: All parties must demonstrate the necessary political will to enhance resilience and assist the most vulnerable communities in response to extreme weather events that have become the reality of our everyday lives.

African Business ‘Africa and the Developed World on Divergent Paths Towards Net Zero’ (November 2021)

Gyude Moore, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, says Africa’s path to climate adaptation and mitigation must, by necessity, diverge from those of industrialised countries.

In the last two decades of road construction on the continent, asphalt, which is susceptible to heat and floods, has generally been used. After heavy rains, flood water resting for extended periods on asphalt surfaces damages the infrastructure. Because heavy rains and other extreme weather events are increasing, government budgets will be under significant pressure from weather related crises.

Read the article here.

3. Finance

Goal: It is essential that we make significant progress on the crucial issue of climate finance. Progress on delivery of the annual USD 100 billion is needed to build more trust between developed and developing countries, showing that actual commitments are being fulfilled.

The World Today ‘Untying the Climate Funding Knot’ (October-November 2021)

Iseoluwa Akintunde on how to ease the flow of the USD billion climate aid to cut global warming.

The climate finance system places an undue burden on developing countries’ shoulders. Until the system is fixed, it will not be effective. It needs to shift from piecemeal project-based funding to being more broadly integrated with funding for national climate goals. The current direct-access procedure may be sound in principle, but has proved challenging and slow.

Read the article here.

4. Collaboration

Goal: Governments, the private sector and civil society need to work, in tandem, to transform the way in which we interact with our planet. We must introduce new solutions and innovations that help alleviate the adverse impacts of climate change. 

Foreign Affairs ‘A Foreign Policy for the Climate’ (May/June 2020)

John Podesta, Founder and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for American Progress, and Todd Stern, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, detail how American leadership can advert catastrophe. 

A president ready to take on climate change must organize the government to meet this challenge and work with Congress to enact a broad program of investments and incentives for the development and dissemination of clean technology. Abroad, the United States must devise a climate-centered foreign policy that uses the country’s political capital and economic resources to drive the decarbonization of the global economy.

Read the article here.

Access to the digital magazine issues included in this post will be active until the 6th December 2022.

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