COP27; A Reflection of Earlier Climate Commitments

Climate change has become a heated topic describing how the world temperatures have surprisingly soared past 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

Well, many around the globe hear about the climate crisis, but some only experience yet can’t tell yet as to what and how there is an urgency for
climate action.

As has been numerously echoed at the COP27 summit in Egypt, it’s the convention has seen a handful of world leaders discussing climate action as they air the dire consequences of human activity on the climate.

COP27 is a Conference of Parties also called United Nations Climate Change Conference that brings together 197 nations upon their signing of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty.

This has been ongoing for decades since 1995 offering the leaders a platform to air and seek ways of addressing human climate problems faced worldwide, these include the floods in places like Pakistan, Nigeria, Heat strokes like the Tunisia incident and USA last year, scarcity of food that has terrorized the whole globe this year.

The discussions have mostly sought to address the impact of this climate crisis as the temperatures steadily rise due to several emissions. Even though the previous COPs had countries and financial Institutions sign up a raft of commitments covering transport, energy, methane, finance, deforestation, and other areas, all in an effort to reverse the effects of climate change, little has been done.

However, 2022 COP27 seems to have a stir of emotions as the countries in the global south and Africa
are recalling a pledge of hence asking countries to hold on to a promise and commitment made earlier
on by wealthier countries of raising US$100 billion in public and private finance.

These funds had been deemed a hope of financing the vulnerable countries to adopt climate
adaptation initiatives.

Why vulnerable countries?

This is based on the fact that some of the most affected countries by the climate crisis had almost none
if not minimal influence when it comes to emissions or gases yet they suffer most in starvation and
Citing Africa despite contributing the least carbon emissions has disproportionately suffered some of
the worst climate change effects. It’s based on this that an African leader led by President William Ruto of
Kenya, now wants the rich countries to make good on their commitments.

Hereby emphasizing that in order to avert the climate crisis at hand the financing will assist for
execution of adaptation projects across the continent like investment in clean energy as well as taking a
turn for smart agriculture that is sustainable.

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