Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

The climate summit will be extended for another day

AFP is now reporting that UN climate talks will end in a deadlock. UN climate talks have been extended by a day in an attempt to break a deadlock as nations battle over funding for weather-hit developing countries and ambitions to tackle global warming.

Rich and developing countries struggled to find common ground on the creation of the fund and a number of other key issues, just hours before the summit was due to end in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is presiding over the COP27 talks, told delegates that the talks would spill over into Saturday, not an unusual delay in such wide-ranging UN climate talks. “I remain concerned about the number of outstanding issues,” he said.

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Damian Carrington

Damian Carrington

Yeb Saño, Greenpeace’s executive director for Southeast Asia and former chief negotiator for the Philippines at previous Cops, says negotiations at Cop27 are on a “knife’s edge”.

“Putting loss and damage on the agenda is an important acknowledgment of climate reality and the profound impact on many communities around the world, but that acknowledgment needs to be backed up by action. This is on a knife edge as many countries are now opting out of establishing a fund this year [and] targeting vulnerable countries.”

“Against the overall backdrop of the climate carnage taking place against the least responsible around the world, this policeman was never set up to succeed, but if he ends up without an agreement on a loss and damage fund, it will be a huge moral failure leaving the most vulnerable even more exposed. That failure will be laid at the feet of a few blockading countries.”

Activists listen to the demonstration at dusk on the summit.
Activists listen to the demonstration at dusk on the summit. Photo: Peter Dejong/AP

Ten-year-old activist asks delegates to ‘have heart’

Nakeeyat Dramani, a 10-year-old climate activist from Ghana, spoke passionately to delegates gathered at Cop27 today, urging them to ‘have heart’.

‘Have a heart’: 10-year-old climate activist from Ghana receives standing ovation at Cop27 – video

Dramani spoke “on behalf of young people” in fear for their future, who daily see the impact of the climate crisis in the form of air pollution, floods and droughts. She joined the Ghanaian delegation to lend her voice to the pressing consequences of the climate crisis in her country.

At the end of her speech, Dramani recited a poem, telling leaders to step up their game in the fight against the climate crisis, and then held up a sign reading “Delayed Payments,” referring to the funds long promised by developed countries.

The climate summit will be extended for another day

AFP is now reporting that UN climate talks will end in a deadlock. UN climate talks have been extended by a day in an attempt to break a deadlock as nations battle over funding for weather-hit developing countries and ambitions to tackle global warming.

Rich and developing countries struggled to find common ground on the creation of the fund and a number of other key issues, just hours before the summit was due to end in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is presiding over the COP27 talks, told delegates that the talks would spill over into Saturday, not an unusual delay in such wide-ranging UN climate talks. “I remain concerned about the number of outstanding issues,” he said.

Damian Carrington

Damian Carrington

The idea of ​​taxing fossil fuels, flights and transport to provide climate funds has moved a little closer to reality with the European Union’s proposal for losses and damages, money sought by poorer, vulnerable nations to rebuild after inevitable climate disasters.

EU proposal he says: “We should work with the UN Secretary-General to find solutions for innovative sources of funding – including taxes on aviation, shipping and fossil fuels.”

The UNSG, António Guterres, said in September: “Polluters must pay. I call on all developed economies to tax the unsurpassed profits of fossil fuel companies.”

On Tuesday, dozens of media organizations from around the world, including the Guardian, published a joint editorial calling for a surprise tax on the biggest fossil fuel companies.

The global oil and gas industry has made $1 trillion in annual net profits over the past 50 years, and is likely to double that in 2022 as prices have soared due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

This might be a good time to look at the wisdom of our colleague Fiona Harvey. Over the past year, she set out with a film crew to talk to Alok Sharma and Patricia Espinosa, among others, to try to determine whose job it is to address climate change.

As Espinosa tells her: “It doesn’t look good for humanity.”

But Harvey – who describes her job as ‘reporting the end of the world’ – ends on a note of optimism and hope for a better planet to live on.

Climate carnage: whose job is it to save the planet? – documentary

‘We feel silenced,’ say activists who lost access after hanging up on Biden

My colleague Nina Lakhani reported on four activists who very briefly interrupted the speech of the American President Joe Biden, and after that Cop27 was taken from them.

Big Wind, Jacob Johns, Jamie Wefald and Angela Zhong missed the second week of the climate conference after being suspended for standing up with a “People Against Fossil Fuels” banner during Biden’s speech last Friday. Indigenous activists, Wind and Johns, issued a war cry to speak out and draw attention to the fossil fuel crisis before security officials confiscated the banner. The group then sat down and Biden continued.

After a short break, they sat quietly for the rest of the speech before being escorted out by UN security staff. John said: “UN security said our call for war had put people’s lives at risk and we were now considered a security threat. They took away our badges and we had to leave.”

Activists feel they are being silenced. Jacob Johns told the Guardian: “This is a clear example of the silencing of radical indigenous people and young people, we are silenced when we try to express our frustration in these areas. This shows the true face of the UN.”

A UNFCCC spokesperson said no advocacy actions were allowed inside the plenary and conference rooms and that the four were suspended for violating the code of conduct. “A final decision on suspension will be taken after further investigation,” they said.

Away from the negotiations, it has just emerged that Luxembourg has now also left the Energy Charter Treaty. The UK, however, continues to stand firm.

#Energy Charter Agreement
Le Luxembourg sort du Traité de la Charte de l’Energie (TCE). C’est ce qu’a décidé le Conseil de gouvernement aujourd’hui, sur ma proposition. (1/2)

— Claude Turmes (@ClaudeTurmes) November 18, 2022

Arthur Neslen revealed some of the systemic problems with this contract earlier this week: if you haven’t read his investigation yet, it’s definitely worth a look.

Climate Home’s Joe Lo tweeted an interesting comment from President Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt’s Special Representative for Cop27, about how the negotiations are progressing. According to Aboulmagd, it is normal for countries to oppose draft agreements.

I don’t think we have anything to worry about. I hope I’m not wrong… No one should feel 100% comfortable.

“I don’t think we have anything to worry about. I hope I’m not wrong,” says the #policeman27 presidential Wael Aboulmagd. He says that it is normal for countries to oppose draft agreements. “No one should feel 100% comfortable”

— Joe Lo (@joeloyo) November 18, 2022

Some pictures from Sharm El-Sheikh. The discussions could theoretically end in the next few hours – or last for several more days.

Delegates with a few selfies.
Delegates with a few selfies. Photo: Sedat Suna/EPA
Those present listen to a review of the state of the discussions.
Those present listen to a review of the state of the discussions. Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/AP
Earlier today jugs of water were being carried through the place, but we are hearing reports that coolers are being emptied in some places.
Earlier today jugs of water were being carried through the place, but we are hearing reports that coolers are being emptied in some places. Photo: Peter Dejong/AP
Nakeeyat Sam Dramani, a young poet from Ghana, holds a placard after speaking about global warming.
Nakeeyat Sam Dramani, a young poet from Ghana, holds a placard after speaking about global warming. Photo: Sedat Suna/EPA
Activists participate in a protest in front of the center.
Activists participate in a protest in front of the center. Photo: Peter Dejong/AP

Hello, this is Bibi van der Zee, taking over from my colleague Patrick Greenfield. Please message me at bibi.vanderzee@theguardian.com or message me at @bibivanderzee (if twitter is still down by the end of the day).

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