It’s time for climate action
Global leaders gathered for the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 – 18 of November, 2022. CATF was on the ground, pushing leaders to put promises into practice now to achieve a zero-carbon future for all.
CATF on the ground at COP27
This year’s conference brought together leaders in government, civil society, industry, and finance from around the world to raise ambition and accelerate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
COP27 was held at a critical moment in the fight against climate change and CATF was there to advocate for the changes we need, making sure the world’s most influential leaders understand that we must:
Develop the next generation of innovative clean energy and climate solutions
Center the development needs of the Global South and support those on the front lines of climate change
Move from ambition to action, accountability, and implementation
Reduce carbon emissions and methane emissions simultaneously
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The Zero-Carbon Future Pavilion
A collaborative climate and innovation exchange – Zero-Carbon Future pavilion is where climate advocates, government officials, industry leaders, and experts from around the world took on the hardest climate and energy questions, explored solutions, and highlighted opportunities to transform the global energy system to address climate change.
Asking hard questions. Finding innovative solutions.
Through panel discussions, interactive roundtables, fireside chats, and networking receptions, experts from across sectors and geographies assessed the economic and geopolitical realities of global decarbonization and considered the transformations necessary to advance the action needed for a zero-carbon future.
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Find answers to your common questions around COP.
What is COP?
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual climate conference hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty adopted and implemented by countries throughout the world in 1994 to address the issue of climate change. The ”Parties” refers to the 197 countries that ratified the agreement, representing almost universal global involvement.
The objectives of the UNFCCC are to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” and prevent human damage and interference with the climate system. COP is an annual meeting of the UNFCCC to discuss progress and take action on these goals.
When was COP started?
The first COP was held in 1995, after 197 countries ratified the UNFCCC. This milestone set the stage for future protocols and national agreements to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Where is COP held?
COP is hosted by a different country each year. The first conference (COP1) took place in Berlin, Germany. Subsequent noteworthy COPs have been held in Geneva, Switzerland; Kyoto, Japan; Bonn, Germany; Paris, France; Glasgow, United Kingdom, and other major cities around the globe
Who takes part in COP?
COP brings together thousands of diplomats, ministers, and negotiators from nearly 200 countries. The conferences are also attended by representatives from civil society, business leaders, academic experts, international organizations, activists, and the media.
What has been achieved at previous conferences?
Several landmark commitments, treaties, and funding mechanisms have emerged from these annual meetings.
At COP3 in Kyoto, Japan, the Kyoto Protocol was adopted with a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries. The Kyoto Protocol was ultimately replaced by the Bali Roadmap in 2007, which included all countries rather than just industrialized nations, and was an important foundation for later agreements.
In 2015, at COP21, the Paris Agreement was unanimously adopted by almost all countries in the world, aiming to keep the rise in the global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius. It also included provisions to strengthen the ability to adapt to climate change and build resilience and align all finance flows with “a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.” As part of the Paris Agreement, countries agreed to set emissions reductions targets and communicate these targets to the UNFCCC in the form of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
At COP26 in Glasglow, UK, the launch of the Global Methane Pledge saw over 115 countries commit to reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030. Methane is a harmful climate pollutant that must be mitigated alongside carbon dioxide to prevent near term warming and avoid passing irreversible climate tipping points.
Why is COP important?
The climate challenge is one that requires multinational, multisectoral cooperation, and international forums can accelerate action in the right direction at a time when rapid emissions reduction is crucial. COP provides an opportunity to elevate the voices of those most vulnerable to climate change’s impacts on an international stage, create opportunities to foster cooperation between countries who might otherwise be at odds, and provide a forum to ask difficult questions about creating decarbonization plans that can be achieved in the real world. While criticism of COP has rightfully questioned whether global climate talks are truly an effective method of implementing change and reducing emissions, conferences like COP are an important instrument in the climate advocacy toolbox.
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