Sharm el-Sheikh, 5 November 2022 (TDI): The EU Commission will urge all parties to act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the COP 27 UN Climate Change Conference, which gets underway this weekend in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

EU will urge everyone to respect the promises they made in the Glasgow Climate Pact, which was agreed upon at COP 26 last year, and under the Paris Agreement.

President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission will represent the Commission at the World Leaders’ Summit, which launches COP 27, on November 7-8.

The EU negotiating team will be led by the Executive Vice President of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans from November 14–18.

Day two will see President von der Leyen participate in a Leaders Roundtable on Investing in the Future of Energy. In a plenary session alongside the President of the European Council, she will deliver a joint statement from the EU.

She will also participate in a variety of activities and exchange bilateral declarations with several partners, with an emphasis on the clean energy transition and collaborations including forests and the environment.

The Commission’s negotiating team will advocate at COP 27 for the implementation of existing pledges to turn lofty words into actionable plans.

This will be through the approval of a mitigation work program to dramatically increase mitigation ambition and implementation in this crucial decade.

The EU is committed to making significant progress toward the Global Goal on Adaptation in the area of climate change adaptation (GGA).

As stated in last year’s Glasgow Climate Pact, nature-based solutions are essential for protecting biodiversity, Global warming, and enabling adaptation to climate change, two issues that will be heavily discussed at the Biodiversity COP 15 later this year.

Paris Agreement

194 nations committed to submit Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which represent their unique carbon reduction targets, as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

By the end of the century, these NDCs should help to keep the average global temperature change below 2°C and as near to 1.5°C as practicable.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued reports in 2022 warning that the globe is likely to warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next two decades.

Only the most extreme reductions in carbon emissions would be able to avert a global environmental catastrophe. A challenge to existence would result from this level of temperature rise’s severely destructive impacts.