The Cop27 talks dragged on for another day as negotiators from nearly 200 countries struggled to reach a “loss and damage” deal in the climate change deal to help the poorest countries.
- Cop27 negotiators struggle to reach agreement in Egypt on ‘loss and damage’
- Developing countries want compensation for damages like the recent floods in Pakistan
- Ireland’s Energy Minister Eamon Ryan said nations must ‘collaborate’
The talks to reach a new agreement on climate change were going until the last moment yesterday at the COP27 summit in Egypt.
The conference, which was held in the tourist hub of Sharm el-Sheikh, had an extra day as negotiators from nearly 200 countries struggled to reach a ‘loss and damage’ deal to help the poorest countries affected by the effects of global warming.
Developing world nations said they should receive compensation from Western countries for damages like the recent floods in Pakistan.
These countries spew little of the heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, they said.
Developing world nations said they should receive compensation from Western countries for damages like the recent floods in Pakistan. Pictured: A girl carries her brother through floodwaters after flooding in Nowshera, Pakistan, on September 4 this year.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif delivers a speech at the COP27 climate conference leaders’ summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on November 8.
Irish Environment Minister Eamon Ryan, one of the lead negotiators, said: “These negotiations will not work if they pit one country against another.” The only way it will work is if we sit down collaboratively.
The outcome of the 12-day event is seen as a test of the world’s resolve to tackle climate change and continue the work of the COP26 summit that was held in Glasgow last year.
A COP27 draft agreement released yesterday reaffirmed previous commitments, including those made in Glasgow, to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
But the reports said there was little sign of the ambition needed to make the emissions cuts needed to hit that target.
Earlier, Frans Timmermans, the European Union’s climate policy chief, had warned that the EU was prepared to ‘withdraw’ from the negotiations if the final deal was not ambitious enough.
“These negotiations will not work if they pit one country against another,” said Ireland’s Environment Minister Eamon Ryan (pictured).