8 November 2022
The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 opened on Sunday, 6 November 2022, at the end of a year that has seen unequivocal signs of the unfolding climate emergency.
As the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned, humanity is on a “highway to climate hell with its foot on the accelerator”. The recent global events cast ominous shadows on this year’s COP, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, the last eight years are likely to be the warmest in history, while the war in Ukraine, although giving medium-long period opportunities for investments in renewables, has boosted coal consumption. In addition, we are experiencing a global food crisis, and the global economy will likely be in recession next year.
Against this background, COP27 has ambitious objectives, starting from its key aim of ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement.