Sharm el-Sheikh, 22 November 2022 (TDI): The Presidency of COP26 left a legacy behind after the end of the Summit in Glasgow last year. This legacy has been built on more so in the just-ended COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
The Chief Executive Officer of the COP26, Peter Hill outlined some legacies the last ended COP26 left behind and how COP27 and build on them.
Keeping 1.5 Degrees Alive
The target by the United Nations to ensure that a 1.5 degree is kept alive was one of the legacies which were left behind.
This legacy has been targeted to be accomplished before 2030, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said this target must be accomplished by 2030.
Also, the target was further agreed on at the Conference of Parties (CO27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. All the leaders present at the conference were very optimistic to be able to implement this agenda in their area of rule.
In addition to the above, they also talked about climate finance which was a key topic at the COP26. The ability of countries to finance themselves and individual agencies championing the cause of climate change is key.
At COP27 this same issue was raised, and all leaders pledged to support the cause. The President of the United State of America (USA), Joe Biden at the COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt pledged to support the climate financing agenda.
He told other world leaders the US will support $150 million support to accelerate the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience effort across Africa.
Championing the voices of the vulnerable countries
Furthermore, the issue of championing the voices of vulnerable countries was a legacy COP26 left behind. This issue has been tabled as a matter of great urgency to ensure that all have fair play in the fight against climate change. These legacies have been said to be implemented.