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  •  Developed countries are required to contribute to the Paris Agreement s loss and damage fund once established to help developing countries combat climate change a Chinese climate envoy said here on Saturday The term loss and damage in the UN climate negotiations refers to expenses already incurred due to the impacts of climate change such as rising sea levels or extreme heat waves Developing countries can voluntarily contribute to the fund Xie Zhenhua China s special envoy for climate change told a conference while attending the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention UNFCCC held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea On the issue of financing loss and damage Xie also a special representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China welcomes putting the issue on the agendas of COP27 for the first time in response to demand from countries in development describing it as great progress The Chinese envoy noted that China has long supported other developing countries in their fight against climate change through South South cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative China has helped developing countries set up early warning systems build low carbon demonstration zones and train officials and technical staff to improve their ability to deal with climate change and develop renewable energy Xie said Noting that the recipients of the loss and damage fund should be developing countries Xie said that due to the size of the fund it should be distributed first to the most vulnerable countries and those in greatest need The Chinese envoy called on all parties to follow the principles of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement including the principles of equity common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities Xie urged developed countries to take the lead in substantially reducing their emissions and provide developing countries with financial and technical support to enhance their capabilities to combat climate change All countries should work together to advance the process Xie stressed Xinhua
    Developed countries forced to contribute to “loss and damage” fund: Chinese climate envoy
     Developed countries are required to contribute to the Paris Agreement s loss and damage fund once established to help developing countries combat climate change a Chinese climate envoy said here on Saturday The term loss and damage in the UN climate negotiations refers to expenses already incurred due to the impacts of climate change such as rising sea levels or extreme heat waves Developing countries can voluntarily contribute to the fund Xie Zhenhua China s special envoy for climate change told a conference while attending the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention UNFCCC held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea On the issue of financing loss and damage Xie also a special representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China welcomes putting the issue on the agendas of COP27 for the first time in response to demand from countries in development describing it as great progress The Chinese envoy noted that China has long supported other developing countries in their fight against climate change through South South cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative China has helped developing countries set up early warning systems build low carbon demonstration zones and train officials and technical staff to improve their ability to deal with climate change and develop renewable energy Xie said Noting that the recipients of the loss and damage fund should be developing countries Xie said that due to the size of the fund it should be distributed first to the most vulnerable countries and those in greatest need The Chinese envoy called on all parties to follow the principles of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement including the principles of equity common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities Xie urged developed countries to take the lead in substantially reducing their emissions and provide developing countries with financial and technical support to enhance their capabilities to combat climate change All countries should work together to advance the process Xie stressed Xinhua
    Developed countries forced to contribute to “loss and damage” fund: Chinese climate envoy
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Developed countries forced to contribute to “loss and damage” fund: Chinese climate envoy

    Developed countries are required to contribute to the Paris Agreement's "loss and damage" fund once established to help developing countries combat climate change, a Chinese climate envoy said here on Saturday.

    The term "loss and damage" in the UN climate negotiations refers to expenses already incurred due to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels or extreme heat waves.

    Developing countries can voluntarily contribute to the fund, Xie Zhenhua, China's special envoy for climate change, told a conference while attending the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea.

    On the issue of financing loss and damage, Xie, also a special representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, said that China welcomes putting the issue on the agendas of COP27 for the first time in response to demand from countries. in development, describing it as "great progress". ."

    The Chinese envoy noted that China has long supported other developing countries in their fight against climate change through South-South cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative.

    China has helped developing countries set up early warning systems, build low-carbon demonstration zones and train officials and technical staff to improve their ability to deal with climate change and develop renewable energy, Xie said.

    Noting that the recipients of the loss and damage fund should be developing countries, Xie said that due to the size of the fund, it should be distributed first to the most vulnerable countries and those in greatest need.

    The Chinese envoy called on all parties to follow the principles of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, including the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

    Xie urged developed countries to take the lead in substantially reducing their emissions and provide developing countries with financial and technical support to enhance their capabilities to combat climate change.

    "All countries should work together to advance the process," Xie stressed. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   NOW At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs on Sunday police said 13 41 mins ago Dr Mutiu Agboke the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner REC of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Sunday said 437 354 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs are yet uncollected in Osun 13 1 hour ago The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of nine persons while three others were rescued in a road accident at Fada dam Dayi road in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by its spokesperson Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi on Sunday in Kano He said 1 hour ago Switzerland regretted Sunday that the COP27 climate summit outcome does not impose obligations on the highest greenhouse gas polluters and said it would work to make sure they contribute properly A fraught UN gathering in Egypt wrapped up Sunday with a landmark deal on funding to help vulnerable countries cope with devastating climate impacts 1 hour ago The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has announced it will hold its 2023 presidential campaign rally in Gombe state on Monday the 21st November This was made known in a statement signed by the Director General PDP presidential campaign Organization Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state Venue of the presidential rally has been slated for Gombe
    5 killed, 18 wounded in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub shooting
      NOW At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs on Sunday police said 13 41 mins ago Dr Mutiu Agboke the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner REC of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Sunday said 437 354 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs are yet uncollected in Osun 13 1 hour ago The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of nine persons while three others were rescued in a road accident at Fada dam Dayi road in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by its spokesperson Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi on Sunday in Kano He said 1 hour ago Switzerland regretted Sunday that the COP27 climate summit outcome does not impose obligations on the highest greenhouse gas polluters and said it would work to make sure they contribute properly A fraught UN gathering in Egypt wrapped up Sunday with a landmark deal on funding to help vulnerable countries cope with devastating climate impacts 1 hour ago The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has announced it will hold its 2023 presidential campaign rally in Gombe state on Monday the 21st November This was made known in a statement signed by the Director General PDP presidential campaign Organization Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state Venue of the presidential rally has been slated for Gombe
    5 killed, 18 wounded in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub shooting
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    5 killed, 18 wounded in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub shooting

    NOW At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs on Sunday, police said.

    41 mins ago Dr Mutiu Agboke, the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday said 437,354 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet uncollected in Osun. 1 hour ago The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of nine persons, while three others were rescued in a road accident at Fada dam, Dayi road in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state.

    This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by its spokesperson, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, on Sunday in Kano. He said… 1 hour ago Switzerland regretted Sunday that the COP27 climate summit outcome does not impose obligations on the highest greenhouse gas polluters and said it would work to make sure they contribute properly.

    A fraught UN gathering in Egypt wrapped up Sunday with a landmark deal on funding to help vulnerable countries cope with devastating climate impacts --… 1 hour ago The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has announced it will hold its 2023 presidential campaign rally in Gombe state on Monday the 21st November.

    This was made known in a statement signed by the Director General, PDP presidential campaign Organization, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state.

    Venue of the presidential rally has been slated for Gombe…

  •   Switzerland regretted Sunday that the COP27 climate summit outcome does not impose obligations on the highest greenhouse gas polluters and said it would work to make sure they contribute properly A fraught UN gathering in Egypt wrapped up Sunday with a landmark deal on funding to help vulnerable countries cope with devastating climate impacts and deep disappointment over a failure to push further ambitions towards cutting emissions The states have agreed on a work programme until 2026 However this does not expressly oblige the countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions said a statement from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland regrets this decision and will work to ensure that these countries also make their contribution A new fund has been set up for the most vulnerable countries to help them deal with the damage caused by climate change Switzerland welcomes the additional aid in principle Central questions about the fund still have to be clarified Bern noted that no resolutions were passed on phasing out coal and reducing subsidies for oil and gas saying countries with the largest greenhouse gas emissions such as China India Indonesia and Brazil rejected a corresponding work programme and the obligation to implement plans The final COP27 statement held the line on the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels On the funding deal it remains unclear which countries should contribute to the fund how the money will be distributed and who will manage the fund Switzerland will work to ensure that these issues are clarified as quickly as possible Bern said
    Swiss regret COP27 going soft on top polluters
      Switzerland regretted Sunday that the COP27 climate summit outcome does not impose obligations on the highest greenhouse gas polluters and said it would work to make sure they contribute properly A fraught UN gathering in Egypt wrapped up Sunday with a landmark deal on funding to help vulnerable countries cope with devastating climate impacts and deep disappointment over a failure to push further ambitions towards cutting emissions The states have agreed on a work programme until 2026 However this does not expressly oblige the countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions said a statement from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland regrets this decision and will work to ensure that these countries also make their contribution A new fund has been set up for the most vulnerable countries to help them deal with the damage caused by climate change Switzerland welcomes the additional aid in principle Central questions about the fund still have to be clarified Bern noted that no resolutions were passed on phasing out coal and reducing subsidies for oil and gas saying countries with the largest greenhouse gas emissions such as China India Indonesia and Brazil rejected a corresponding work programme and the obligation to implement plans The final COP27 statement held the line on the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels On the funding deal it remains unclear which countries should contribute to the fund how the money will be distributed and who will manage the fund Switzerland will work to ensure that these issues are clarified as quickly as possible Bern said
    Swiss regret COP27 going soft on top polluters
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Swiss regret COP27 going soft on top polluters

    Switzerland regretted Sunday that the COP27 climate summit outcome does not impose obligations on the highest greenhouse gas polluters and said it would work to make sure they contribute properly.

    A fraught UN gathering in Egypt wrapped up Sunday with a landmark deal on funding to help vulnerable countries cope with devastating climate impacts — and deep disappointment over a failure to push further ambitions towards cutting emissions.

    “The states have agreed on a work programme until 2026.

    However, this does not expressly oblige the countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions,” said a statement from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

    “Switzerland regrets this decision and will work to ensure that these countries also make their contribution.

    “A new fund has been set up for the most vulnerable countries to help them deal with the damage caused by climate change.

    Switzerland welcomes the additional aid in principle.

    Central questions about the fund still have to be clarified.

    ” Bern noted that no resolutions were passed on phasing out coal and reducing subsidies for oil and gas, saying “countries with the largest greenhouse gas emissions, such as China, India, Indonesia and Brazil, rejected a corresponding work programme and the obligation to implement plans”.

    The final COP27 statement held the line on the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.

    5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    On the funding deal, “it remains unclear which countries should contribute to the fund, how the money will be distributed and who will manage the fund.

    Switzerland will work to ensure that these issues are clarified as quickly as possible,” Bern said.

  •   The South African government welcomed on Saturday the draft outcome text of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 COP27 was held in Egypt from November 6 to 18 The South African government said it captures many issues that were discussed including the urgency of climate change The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of sustainable development goals and just transitions leaving no one behind and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve them said Peter Mbelengwa Department spokesman Environment Forestry and Fisheries Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for purpose South Africa believes that more urgent action is required to meet the obligations of developed countries Mbelengwa said Mbelengwa said the country welcomed urgent new financial arrangements and a mechanism to address the damage caused by climate change for developing countries Xinhua
    South Africa welcomes COP27 results
      The South African government welcomed on Saturday the draft outcome text of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 COP27 was held in Egypt from November 6 to 18 The South African government said it captures many issues that were discussed including the urgency of climate change The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of sustainable development goals and just transitions leaving no one behind and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve them said Peter Mbelengwa Department spokesman Environment Forestry and Fisheries Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for purpose South Africa believes that more urgent action is required to meet the obligations of developed countries Mbelengwa said Mbelengwa said the country welcomed urgent new financial arrangements and a mechanism to address the damage caused by climate change for developing countries Xinhua
    South Africa welcomes COP27 results
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    South Africa welcomes COP27 results

    - The South African government welcomed on Saturday the draft outcome text of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).

    COP27 was held in Egypt from November 6 to 18. The South African government said it captures many issues that were discussed, including the urgency of climate change.

    "The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of sustainable development goals and just transitions, leaving no one behind, and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve them," said Peter Mbelengwa, Department spokesman. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

    Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for purpose.

    South Africa believes that more urgent action is required to meet the obligations of developed countries, Mbelengwa said.

    Mbelengwa said the country welcomed urgent new financial arrangements and a mechanism to address the damage caused by climate change for developing countries. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  COP27 host Egypt scrambled to salvage UN climate talks Saturday with the European Union and Pakistan signalling a breakthrough over the contentious issue of loss and damage funding for climate vulnerable nations Nearly 200 countries representatives have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action to fight climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of weather extremes But the talks stalled over the terms under which wealthy polluters provide loss and damage funding for countries wracked by climate disasters as well as over ratcheting up ambition in tackling global warming After the European Union roundly rejected a document shown by Egypt overnight because of concerns it was weak on curbing emissions a source from the bloc said at least the loss and damage issue was agreed as far as it was concerned A European source confirmed a deal has been reached on loss and damage which targets the fund to vulnerable countries The agreement was still subject to confirmation at a closing meeting Pakistan s Climate Minister Sherry Rehman said she was hopeful of a positive outcome on loss and damage with the last details still being worked out to get the final agreement over the line She said a deal would be the culmination of a 30 year campaign by developing countries If that happens today that will be a historic reminder to vulnerable people all over the world that they have a voice and that if they unite we can actually start breaking down barriers that we thought were impossible she told AFP Pakistan struck by devastating heat waves and floods this year chairs the G77 and China bloc of 134 developing nations which has campaigned strongly for a fund for loss and damage to be agreed upon at COP27 With around 1 2C of warming so far the world has seen a cascade of climate driven extremes in recent months shining a spotlight on the plight of developing countries faced with escalating disasters as well as an energy and food price crisis and ballooning debt The World Bank has estimated the Pakistan floods alone caused 30 billion in damage and economic loss Temperature check But with countries continuing to raise concerns over ambitions on cutting emissions and tackling global warming the outcome of the climate talks remained uncertain An informal coalition of high ambition countries has called for strong language on cutting emissions moving away from planet heating fossil fuels and reaffirming the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius from pre industrial levels Scientists say this is a far safer guardrail against catastrophic climate impacts with the world currently far off track and heading for around 2 5C of warming under current commitments and plans Colombian Environment Minister Susana Muhamad said to be viable the climate talks would need both a loss and damage fund and a commitment to 1 5C with clear signals that the world was not going back Tom Evans of the think tank E3G said a draft document covering ambitions for curbing planet heating emissions is a copy paste of the agreement made at Glasgow without building on the agreement made a year ago Earlier the EU indicated it was willing to walk out of the negotiations altogether over the issue European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans warned that if not enough is done to slash emissions and keep 1 5C alive there is no amount of money on this planet that will be able to address the misery that will occur through natural disasters etc that we re already seeing Fragile first A draft decision document on creating a specific loss and damage fund was published by the Egyptian presidency on Saturday It takes some language from three earlier proposals from the EU Britain and G77 and appears to kick some of the thornier issues particularly over the sources of funding into next year The draft decision on loss and damage finance offers hope to the vulnerable people that they will get help to recover from climate disasters and rebuild their lives said Harjeet Singh head of global political strategy at Climate Action Network International An agreement on loss and damage would mark a major shift for wealthier nations which have long resisted the idea of loss and damage over fears of open ended liability The EU has called for the fund to prioritise the most climate vulnerable countries as recipients They also said the money should come from a broad funder base code for countries including China and Saudi Arabia that have become wealthier since they were listed as developing nations in 1992 China s envoy Xie Zhenhua told reporters Saturday that the fund should be for all developing countries However he added I hope that it could be provided to the fragile countries first
    Climate fund breakthrough offers ‘hope’ at UN COP27 talks
     COP27 host Egypt scrambled to salvage UN climate talks Saturday with the European Union and Pakistan signalling a breakthrough over the contentious issue of loss and damage funding for climate vulnerable nations Nearly 200 countries representatives have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action to fight climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of weather extremes But the talks stalled over the terms under which wealthy polluters provide loss and damage funding for countries wracked by climate disasters as well as over ratcheting up ambition in tackling global warming After the European Union roundly rejected a document shown by Egypt overnight because of concerns it was weak on curbing emissions a source from the bloc said at least the loss and damage issue was agreed as far as it was concerned A European source confirmed a deal has been reached on loss and damage which targets the fund to vulnerable countries The agreement was still subject to confirmation at a closing meeting Pakistan s Climate Minister Sherry Rehman said she was hopeful of a positive outcome on loss and damage with the last details still being worked out to get the final agreement over the line She said a deal would be the culmination of a 30 year campaign by developing countries If that happens today that will be a historic reminder to vulnerable people all over the world that they have a voice and that if they unite we can actually start breaking down barriers that we thought were impossible she told AFP Pakistan struck by devastating heat waves and floods this year chairs the G77 and China bloc of 134 developing nations which has campaigned strongly for a fund for loss and damage to be agreed upon at COP27 With around 1 2C of warming so far the world has seen a cascade of climate driven extremes in recent months shining a spotlight on the plight of developing countries faced with escalating disasters as well as an energy and food price crisis and ballooning debt The World Bank has estimated the Pakistan floods alone caused 30 billion in damage and economic loss Temperature check But with countries continuing to raise concerns over ambitions on cutting emissions and tackling global warming the outcome of the climate talks remained uncertain An informal coalition of high ambition countries has called for strong language on cutting emissions moving away from planet heating fossil fuels and reaffirming the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius from pre industrial levels Scientists say this is a far safer guardrail against catastrophic climate impacts with the world currently far off track and heading for around 2 5C of warming under current commitments and plans Colombian Environment Minister Susana Muhamad said to be viable the climate talks would need both a loss and damage fund and a commitment to 1 5C with clear signals that the world was not going back Tom Evans of the think tank E3G said a draft document covering ambitions for curbing planet heating emissions is a copy paste of the agreement made at Glasgow without building on the agreement made a year ago Earlier the EU indicated it was willing to walk out of the negotiations altogether over the issue European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans warned that if not enough is done to slash emissions and keep 1 5C alive there is no amount of money on this planet that will be able to address the misery that will occur through natural disasters etc that we re already seeing Fragile first A draft decision document on creating a specific loss and damage fund was published by the Egyptian presidency on Saturday It takes some language from three earlier proposals from the EU Britain and G77 and appears to kick some of the thornier issues particularly over the sources of funding into next year The draft decision on loss and damage finance offers hope to the vulnerable people that they will get help to recover from climate disasters and rebuild their lives said Harjeet Singh head of global political strategy at Climate Action Network International An agreement on loss and damage would mark a major shift for wealthier nations which have long resisted the idea of loss and damage over fears of open ended liability The EU has called for the fund to prioritise the most climate vulnerable countries as recipients They also said the money should come from a broad funder base code for countries including China and Saudi Arabia that have become wealthier since they were listed as developing nations in 1992 China s envoy Xie Zhenhua told reporters Saturday that the fund should be for all developing countries However he added I hope that it could be provided to the fragile countries first
    Climate fund breakthrough offers ‘hope’ at UN COP27 talks
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Climate fund breakthrough offers ‘hope’ at UN COP27 talks

    COP27 host Egypt scrambled to salvage UN climate talks Saturday with the European Union and Pakistan signalling a breakthrough over the contentious issue of “loss and damage” funding for climate-vulnerable nations.

    Nearly 200 countries’ representatives have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action to fight climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of weather extremes.

    But the talks stalled over the terms under which wealthy polluters provide “loss and damage” funding for countries wracked by climate disasters, as well as over ratcheting up ambition in tackling global warming.

    After the European Union roundly rejected a document shown by Egypt overnight because of concerns it was weak on curbing emissions, a source from the bloc said at least the loss and damage issue was “agreed” as far as it was concerned.

    A European source confirmed, “a deal has been reached on loss and damage which targets the fund to vulnerable countries”.

    The agreement was still subject to confirmation at a closing meeting.

    Pakistan’s Climate Minister Sherry Rehman said she was “hopeful of a positive outcome” on loss and damage, with the last details still being worked out to get the final agreement over the line.

    She said a deal would be the culmination of a 30-year campaign by developing countries.

    “If that happens today, that will be a historic reminder to vulnerable people all over the world that they have a voice and that if they unite… we can actually start breaking down barriers that we thought were impossible,” she told AFP.

    Pakistan — struck by devastating heat waves and floods this year — chairs the G77 and China bloc of 134 developing nations, which has campaigned strongly for a fund for loss and damage to be agreed upon at COP27.

    With around 1.

    2C of warming so far, the world has seen a cascade of climate-driven extremes in recent months, shining a spotlight on the plight of developing countries faced with escalating disasters, as well as an energy and food price crisis and ballooning debt.

    The World Bank has estimated the Pakistan floods alone caused $30 billion in damage and economic loss.

    – Temperature check –But with countries continuing to raise concerns over ambitions on cutting emissions and tackling global warming, the outcome of the climate talks remained uncertain.

    An informal coalition of “high ambition” countries has called for strong language on cutting emissions, moving away from planet-heating fossil fuels and reaffirming the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.

    5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

    Scientists say this is a far safer guardrail against catastrophic climate impacts, with the world currently far off track and heading for around 2.

    5C of warming under current commitments and plans.

    Colombian Environment Minister Susana Muhamad said to be “viable” the climate talks would need both a loss and damage fund and a commitment to 1.

    5C with clear signals that the world was not “going back”.

    Tom Evans of the think tank E3G said a draft document covering ambitions for curbing planet-heating emissions is “a copy-paste” of the agreement made at Glasgow, without building on the agreement made a year ago.

    Earlier, the EU indicated it was willing to walk out of the negotiations altogether over the issue.

    European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans warned that if not enough is done to slash emissions and keep 1.

    5C alive, “there is no amount of money on this planet that will be able to address the misery that will occur through natural disasters, etc.

    that we’re already seeing”.

    – ‘Fragile’ first –A draft decision document on creating a specific loss and damage fund was published by the Egyptian presidency on Saturday.

    It takes some language from three earlier proposals — from the EU, Britain and G77 — and appears to kick some of the thornier issues, particularly over the sources of funding, into next year.

    “The draft decision on loss and damage finance offers hope to the vulnerable people that they will get help to recover from climate disasters and rebuild their lives,” said Harjeet Singh, head of global political strategy at Climate Action Network International.

    An agreement on loss and damage would mark a major shift for wealthier nations, which have long resisted the idea of loss and damage over fears of open-ended liability.

    The EU has called for the fund to prioritise the most climate-vulnerable countries as recipients.

    They also said the money should come from a “broad funder base” — code for countries including China and Saudi Arabia that have become wealthier since they were listed as developing nations in 1992.

    China’s envoy Xie Zhenhua told reporters Saturday that the fund should be for all developing countries.

    However, he added: “I hope that it could be provided to the fragile countries first.

  •   The South African government welcomed on Saturday the draft outcome text of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 COP27 was held in Egypt from November 6 to 18 The South African government said it captures many issues that were discussed including the urgency of climate change The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of sustainable development goals and just transitions leaving no one behind and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve them said Peter Mbelengwa Department spokesman Environment Forestry and Fisheries Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for purpose South Africa believes that more urgent action is required to meet the obligations of developed countries Mbelengwa said Mbelengwa said the country welcomed urgent new financial arrangements and a mechanism to address the damage caused by climate change for developing countries Xinhua
    South Africa welcomes the results of COP27-
      The South African government welcomed on Saturday the draft outcome text of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 COP27 was held in Egypt from November 6 to 18 The South African government said it captures many issues that were discussed including the urgency of climate change The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of sustainable development goals and just transitions leaving no one behind and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve them said Peter Mbelengwa Department spokesman Environment Forestry and Fisheries Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for purpose South Africa believes that more urgent action is required to meet the obligations of developed countries Mbelengwa said Mbelengwa said the country welcomed urgent new financial arrangements and a mechanism to address the damage caused by climate change for developing countries Xinhua
    South Africa welcomes the results of COP27-
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    South Africa welcomes the results of COP27-

    - The South African government welcomed on Saturday the draft outcome text of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).

    COP27 was held in Egypt from November 6 to 18. The South African government said it captures many issues that were discussed, including the urgency of climate change.

    "The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of sustainable development goals and just transitions, leaving no one behind, and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve them," said Peter Mbelengwa, Department spokesman. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

    Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for purpose.

    South Africa believes that more urgent action is required to meet the obligations of developed countries, Mbelengwa said.

    Mbelengwa said the country welcomed urgent new financial arrangements and a mechanism to address the damage caused by climate change for developing countries. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  UN climate talks were thrown into disarray Saturday as the EU rejected a proposal by host country Egypt for lacking ambition on emissions cuts and warned it would rather leave with no deal than a bad one Nearly 200 countries representatives have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action on climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of weather extremes But the talks have deadlocked over calls that wealthy polluters provide loss and damage funding for countries wracked by climate disasters as well as over ambition in tackling global warming After negotiations stretched through the night following the last official day Friday the European Union roundly rejected a draft document from Egypt European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the EU would rather have no result than a bad result and was willing to walk out of the negotiations altogether But he added that the 27 nation bloc was still hoping for a good outcome The EU wants COP27 to have strong language on cutting emissions and to reaffirm the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius from pre industrial levels We are not here to produce papers but to keep the 1 5C target alive said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry however said he was still hopeful of a breakthrough and defended his proposal The vast majority of the parties indicated to me they considered the text as balanced and that they constitute a potential breakthrough that can lead to consensus he said Unacceptable for EU Many developing countries see the creation of a loss and damage fund at this meeting as a defining issue of the talks The EU has put forward a proposal to create such a fund but has called for a broader set of donors and prioritising the most climate vulnerable countries as recipients Timmermans said he was worried about the direction the negotiations took overnight He warned that if not enough is done to slash emissions and keep 1 5C alive there is no amount of money on this planet that will be able to address the misery that will occur through natural disasters etc that we re already seeing he said With around 1 2C of warming so far the world has seen a cascade of climate driven extremes in recent months from floods in Pakistan and Nigeria to heatwaves and droughts across the world An official from the French energy transition ministry told AFP that the proposal from the Egyptian presidency which has not been published officially sought to undermine gains in emission reductions made last year at the Glasgow climate talks This is unacceptable for France and for European Union countries she said adding that the proposed decision text would remove an obligation of countries to regularly strengthen their national targets in order to meet the 1 5C goal Egypt criticised Under the 2015 Paris Agreement countries agreed to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius compared to the late 19th century They also signed on to an aspirational goal of capping the rise in temperature to 1 5C which scientists subsequently confirmed was a far safer guardrail against catastrophic climate impacts This more ambitious 1 5C target was embraced last year in Glasgow with countries agreeing to annually review their carbon reduction goals COP27 participants have criticised Egypt s handling of the talks which have gone far into overtime with little sign of consensus on a daunting list of areas under contention The G77 and China bloc of 134 developing countries launched an opening gambit on loss and damage this week with a proposal to create a fund at COP27 with operational details to be agreed later A compromise response from the EU proposed late Thursday suggested a fund specifically for the most vulnerable nations saying the money should come from a broad funder base code for countries including China and Saudi Arabia that have become wealthier since they were listed as developing nations in 1992 Britain and several other countries have circulated a new draft proposal document seen by AFP and confirmed by a source close to the negotiations which suggested the fund could be part of a range of funding arrangements Rich countries are also under pressure to finally fulfil promises to provide 100 billion a year to help developing countries green their economies and adapt to future impacts
    Crunch climate talks teeter on the edge
     UN climate talks were thrown into disarray Saturday as the EU rejected a proposal by host country Egypt for lacking ambition on emissions cuts and warned it would rather leave with no deal than a bad one Nearly 200 countries representatives have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action on climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of weather extremes But the talks have deadlocked over calls that wealthy polluters provide loss and damage funding for countries wracked by climate disasters as well as over ambition in tackling global warming After negotiations stretched through the night following the last official day Friday the European Union roundly rejected a draft document from Egypt European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the EU would rather have no result than a bad result and was willing to walk out of the negotiations altogether But he added that the 27 nation bloc was still hoping for a good outcome The EU wants COP27 to have strong language on cutting emissions and to reaffirm the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius from pre industrial levels We are not here to produce papers but to keep the 1 5C target alive said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry however said he was still hopeful of a breakthrough and defended his proposal The vast majority of the parties indicated to me they considered the text as balanced and that they constitute a potential breakthrough that can lead to consensus he said Unacceptable for EU Many developing countries see the creation of a loss and damage fund at this meeting as a defining issue of the talks The EU has put forward a proposal to create such a fund but has called for a broader set of donors and prioritising the most climate vulnerable countries as recipients Timmermans said he was worried about the direction the negotiations took overnight He warned that if not enough is done to slash emissions and keep 1 5C alive there is no amount of money on this planet that will be able to address the misery that will occur through natural disasters etc that we re already seeing he said With around 1 2C of warming so far the world has seen a cascade of climate driven extremes in recent months from floods in Pakistan and Nigeria to heatwaves and droughts across the world An official from the French energy transition ministry told AFP that the proposal from the Egyptian presidency which has not been published officially sought to undermine gains in emission reductions made last year at the Glasgow climate talks This is unacceptable for France and for European Union countries she said adding that the proposed decision text would remove an obligation of countries to regularly strengthen their national targets in order to meet the 1 5C goal Egypt criticised Under the 2015 Paris Agreement countries agreed to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius compared to the late 19th century They also signed on to an aspirational goal of capping the rise in temperature to 1 5C which scientists subsequently confirmed was a far safer guardrail against catastrophic climate impacts This more ambitious 1 5C target was embraced last year in Glasgow with countries agreeing to annually review their carbon reduction goals COP27 participants have criticised Egypt s handling of the talks which have gone far into overtime with little sign of consensus on a daunting list of areas under contention The G77 and China bloc of 134 developing countries launched an opening gambit on loss and damage this week with a proposal to create a fund at COP27 with operational details to be agreed later A compromise response from the EU proposed late Thursday suggested a fund specifically for the most vulnerable nations saying the money should come from a broad funder base code for countries including China and Saudi Arabia that have become wealthier since they were listed as developing nations in 1992 Britain and several other countries have circulated a new draft proposal document seen by AFP and confirmed by a source close to the negotiations which suggested the fund could be part of a range of funding arrangements Rich countries are also under pressure to finally fulfil promises to provide 100 billion a year to help developing countries green their economies and adapt to future impacts
    Crunch climate talks teeter on the edge
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Crunch climate talks teeter on the edge

    UN climate talks were thrown into disarray Saturday as the EU rejected a proposal by host country Egypt for lacking ambition on emissions cuts and warned it would rather leave with no deal than a bad one.

    Nearly 200 countries’ representatives have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action on climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of weather extremes.

    But the talks have deadlocked over calls that wealthy polluters provide “loss and damage” funding for countries wracked by climate disasters, as well as over ambition in tackling global warming.

    After negotiations stretched through the night following the last official day Friday, the European Union roundly rejected a draft document from Egypt.

    European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the EU would “rather have no result than a bad result” and was willing to walk out of the negotiations altogether.

    But he added that the 27-nation bloc was still hoping for a good outcome.

    The EU wants COP27 to have strong language on cutting emissions and to reaffirm the aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.

    5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

    “We are not here to produce papers, but to keep the 1.

    5C target alive,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, however, said he was still hopeful of a “breakthrough” and defended his proposal.

    “The vast majority of the parties indicated to me they considered the text as balanced and that they constitute a potential breakthrough that can lead to consensus,” he said.

    ‘Unacceptable’ for EU Many developing countries see the creation of a loss and damage fund at this meeting as a defining issue of the talks.

    The EU has put forward a proposal to create such a fund — but has called for a broader set of donors and prioritising the most climate-vulnerable countries as recipients.

    Timmermans said he was “worried” about the direction the negotiations took overnight.

    He warned that if not enough is done to slash emissions and keep 1.

    5C alive, “there is no amount of money on this planet that will be able to address the misery that will occur through natural disasters, etc, that we’re already seeing,” he said.

    With around 1.

    2C of warming so far, the world has seen a cascade of climate-driven extremes in recent months — from floods in Pakistan and Nigeria to heatwaves and droughts across the world.

    An official from the French energy transition ministry told AFP that the proposal from the Egyptian presidency, which has not been published officially, sought to undermine gains in emission reductions made last year at the Glasgow climate talks.

    “This is unacceptable for France and for European Union countries,” she said, adding that the proposed decision text would remove an obligation of countries to regularly strengthen their national targets in order to meet the 1.

    5C goal.

    Egypt criticised Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries agreed to limit global warming to “well below” two degrees Celsius compared to the late 19th century.

    They also signed on to an aspirational goal of capping the rise in temperature to 1.

    5C, which scientists subsequently confirmed was a far safer guardrail against catastrophic climate impacts.

    This more ambitious 1.

    5C target was embraced last year in Glasgow, with countries agreeing to annually review their carbon reduction goals.

    COP27 participants have criticised Egypt’s handling of the talks, which have gone far into overtime with little sign of consensus on a daunting list of areas under contention.

    The G77 and China bloc of 134 developing countries launched an opening gambit on loss and damage this week, with a proposal to create a fund at COP27, with operational details to be agreed later.

    A compromise response from the EU, proposed late Thursday, suggested a fund specifically for the most vulnerable nations, saying the money should come from a “broad funder base” — code for countries including China and Saudi Arabia that have become wealthier since they were listed as developing nations in 1992.

    Britain and several other countries have circulated a new draft proposal document, seen by AFP and confirmed by a source close to the negotiations, which suggested the fund could be part of a range of “funding arrangements”.

    Rich countries are also under pressure to finally fulfil promises to provide $100 billion a year to help developing countries green their economies and adapt to future impacts.

  •  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt COP27 draws to a close a UN spokesman said on Friday Guterres met separately with European Union member states members of the Group of 77 and China European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and China s special envoy for climate Xie Zhenhua on Friday in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for Guterres As the negotiations draw to a close the secretary general urged the parties to seek maximum ambition in loss and damage and emissions reduction he said adding that the secretary general will continue intensive consultations with the parties in the course of the day He is putting pressure on the parties Ultimately we need the governments themselves to go the extra mile and that is what he has been encouraging Haq said The secretary general has made it clear what are the needs what are the basic needs of the international community he said There is a level at which we need to make sure that the planet we live on will continue to be habitable and that is something that has a certain basic expectation But certainly this deal like all deals will be the result of compromise and we hope May that commitment still result in the strongest possible affirmation of our efforts to stop global warming Guterres called on parties at COP27 on Thursday to stop pointing fingers This is not the time to point fingers The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction he warned at a news conference in Sharm El Sheikh The UN chief called on the parties to act in three critical areas responding to loss and damage closing the emissions gap and meeting climate finance Xinhua
    UN chief makes last ditch effort at COP27
     UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt COP27 draws to a close a UN spokesman said on Friday Guterres met separately with European Union member states members of the Group of 77 and China European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and China s special envoy for climate Xie Zhenhua on Friday in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for Guterres As the negotiations draw to a close the secretary general urged the parties to seek maximum ambition in loss and damage and emissions reduction he said adding that the secretary general will continue intensive consultations with the parties in the course of the day He is putting pressure on the parties Ultimately we need the governments themselves to go the extra mile and that is what he has been encouraging Haq said The secretary general has made it clear what are the needs what are the basic needs of the international community he said There is a level at which we need to make sure that the planet we live on will continue to be habitable and that is something that has a certain basic expectation But certainly this deal like all deals will be the result of compromise and we hope May that commitment still result in the strongest possible affirmation of our efforts to stop global warming Guterres called on parties at COP27 on Thursday to stop pointing fingers This is not the time to point fingers The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction he warned at a news conference in Sharm El Sheikh The UN chief called on the parties to act in three critical areas responding to loss and damage closing the emissions gap and meeting climate finance Xinhua
    UN chief makes last ditch effort at COP27
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    UN chief makes last ditch effort at COP27

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt (COP27) draws to a close, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

    Guterres met separately with European Union member states, members of the Group of 77 and China, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and China's special envoy for climate Xie Zhenhua on Friday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman. for Guterres.

    "As the negotiations draw to a close, the secretary-general urged the parties to seek maximum ambition in loss and damage and emissions reduction," he said, adding that the secretary-general will continue intensive consultations with the parties. in the course of the day.

    “He is putting pressure on the parties. Ultimately, we need the governments themselves to go the extra mile, and that is what he has been encouraging,” Haq said.

    "The secretary general has made it clear what are the needs, what are the basic needs of the international community," he said. "There is a level at which we need to make sure that the planet we live on will continue to be habitable, and that is something that has a certain basic expectation. But certainly, this deal, like all deals, will be the result of compromise, and we hope May that commitment still result in the strongest possible affirmation of our efforts to stop global warming."

    Guterres called on parties at COP27 on Thursday to stop pointing fingers.

    "This is not the time to point fingers. The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction," he warned at a news conference in Sharm El-Sheikh.

    The UN chief called on the parties to act in three critical areas: responding to loss and damage, closing the emissions gap and meeting climate finance. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt COP27 draws to a close a UN spokesman said on Friday Guterres met separately with European Union member states members of the Group of 77 and China European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and China s special envoy for climate Xie Zhenhua on Friday in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for Guterres As the negotiations draw to a close the secretary general urged the parties to seek maximum ambition in loss and damage and emissions reduction he said adding that the secretary general will continue intensive consultations with the parties in the course of the day He is putting pressure on the parties Ultimately we need the governments themselves to go the extra mile and that is what he has been encouraging Haq said The secretary general has made it clear what are the needs what are the basic needs of the international community he said There is a level at which we need to make sure that the planet we live on will continue to be habitable and that is something that has a certain basic expectation But certainly this deal like all deals will be the result of compromise and we hope May that commitment still result in the strongest possible affirmation of our efforts to stop global warming Guterres called on parties at COP27 on Thursday to stop pointing fingers This is not the time to point fingers The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction he warned at a news conference in Sharm El Sheikh The UN chief called on the parties to act in three critical areas responding to loss and damage closing the emissions gap and meeting climate finance Xinhua
    UN chief makes last ditch effort at COP27
     UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt COP27 draws to a close a UN spokesman said on Friday Guterres met separately with European Union member states members of the Group of 77 and China European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and China s special envoy for climate Xie Zhenhua on Friday in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for Guterres As the negotiations draw to a close the secretary general urged the parties to seek maximum ambition in loss and damage and emissions reduction he said adding that the secretary general will continue intensive consultations with the parties in the course of the day He is putting pressure on the parties Ultimately we need the governments themselves to go the extra mile and that is what he has been encouraging Haq said The secretary general has made it clear what are the needs what are the basic needs of the international community he said There is a level at which we need to make sure that the planet we live on will continue to be habitable and that is something that has a certain basic expectation But certainly this deal like all deals will be the result of compromise and we hope May that commitment still result in the strongest possible affirmation of our efforts to stop global warming Guterres called on parties at COP27 on Thursday to stop pointing fingers This is not the time to point fingers The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction he warned at a news conference in Sharm El Sheikh The UN chief called on the parties to act in three critical areas responding to loss and damage closing the emissions gap and meeting climate finance Xinhua
    UN chief makes last ditch effort at COP27
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    UN chief makes last ditch effort at COP27

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt (COP27) draws to a close, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

    Guterres met separately with European Union member states, members of the Group of 77 and China, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and China's special envoy for climate Xie Zhenhua on Friday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman. for Guterres.

    "As the negotiations draw to a close, the secretary-general urged the parties to seek maximum ambition in loss and damage and emissions reduction," he said, adding that the secretary-general will continue intensive consultations with the parties. in the course of the day.

    “He is putting pressure on the parties. Ultimately, we need the governments themselves to go the extra mile, and that is what he has been encouraging,” Haq said.

    "The secretary general has made it clear what are the needs, what are the basic needs of the international community," he said. "There is a level at which we need to make sure that the planet we live on will continue to be habitable, and that is something that has a certain basic expectation. But certainly, this deal, like all deals, will be the result of compromise, and we hope May that commitment still result in the strongest possible affirmation of our efforts to stop global warming."

    Guterres called on parties at COP27 on Thursday to stop pointing fingers.

    "This is not the time to point fingers. The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction," he warned at a news conference in Sharm El-Sheikh.

    The UN chief called on the parties to act in three critical areas: responding to loss and damage, closing the emissions gap and meeting climate finance. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The chairman of the ongoing United Nations climate conference Sameh Shoukry on Friday urged climate negotiators to speed up their talks to reach a set of consensus by the end of the meeting Sameh Shoukry the Egyptian foreign minister who served as chair of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said he remained concerned about the number of issues pending including financial mitigation adaptation loss and damage and their interrelationships according to a statement issued after his meeting with climate negotiators Because negotiators have not reached a final agreement COP27 which is scheduled to close on Friday in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm El Sheikh has been extended for another day Time is not on our side Shoukry said adding that he hoped negotiators could reach a consensus on compensation for losses and damages on Saturday Xinhua
    Consensus requested at COP27 as it draws to a close
      The chairman of the ongoing United Nations climate conference Sameh Shoukry on Friday urged climate negotiators to speed up their talks to reach a set of consensus by the end of the meeting Sameh Shoukry the Egyptian foreign minister who served as chair of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said he remained concerned about the number of issues pending including financial mitigation adaptation loss and damage and their interrelationships according to a statement issued after his meeting with climate negotiators Because negotiators have not reached a final agreement COP27 which is scheduled to close on Friday in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm El Sheikh has been extended for another day Time is not on our side Shoukry said adding that he hoped negotiators could reach a consensus on compensation for losses and damages on Saturday Xinhua
    Consensus requested at COP27 as it draws to a close
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Consensus requested at COP27 as it draws to a close

    - The chairman of the ongoing United Nations climate conference, Sameh Shoukry, on Friday urged climate negotiators to speed up their talks to reach a set of consensus by the end of the meeting.

    Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian foreign minister who served as chair of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said he remained "concerned about the number of issues pending, including financial mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, and their interrelationships," according to a statement issued after his meeting with climate negotiators.

    Because negotiators have not reached a final agreement, COP27, which is scheduled to close on Friday in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh, has been extended for another day.

    "Time is not on our side," Shoukry said, adding that he hoped negotiators could reach a consensus on compensation for losses and damages on Saturday. ■



    (Xinhua)

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