The pre-COP meeting in Kinshasa, hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt, is the last formal multilateral opportunity for ministers to shape climate negotiations before COP27 in November; the COP President will represent the UK at the meeting to lay the groundwork for a successful COP27 in Egypt that strengthens global climate commitments and builds on COP26; It will also highlight the importance of the Congo Basin rainforest as the most efficient carbon sink on Earth, while calling on countries to deliver on their COP 26 promises to halt and reverse forest loss, while support sustainable development.
Pre-COP is the annual preparatory meeting before the UN Conference of the Parties (COP).
Ahead of COP27 in Egypt, the COP President will continue to work together with ministers to build the foundation for successful negotiations at COP27 and progress on adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, and finance.
This year’s pre-COP will be held in Kinshasa, the first time in six years that the event has been held in Africa.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to most of the forests in the Congo Basin, which is the second largest rainforest region in the world and part of the solution to climate change.
At COP26 in Glasgow, former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced a gift commitment from 12 donors of $1.5 billion for the forests of the Congo Basin during 2021-25.
While in Kinshasa, the COP President will give an update on the progress of the commitment, ahead of his formal report on the commitment at COP27.
This commitment will protect and sustain Congo Basin forests, peatlands, and other critical global carbon stores while meeting local needs for sustainable economic development.
The COP26 Presidency recently invited world leaders to come together at COP27 to establish the Forest and Climate Leaders Association.
This new Alliance will accelerate the implementation of the unprecedented commitment made at COP26 by more than 140 countries to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation, while delivering sustainable development and promoting inclusive rural transformation.
Pre-COP will be the last time that ministers meet collectively before COP27.
COP President Alok Sharma said: “With just over a month to go until COP27, the discussions here in the DRC are taking on increasing urgency.
“As the impacts of climate change become more extreme, the focus must remain on implementation and action, driving progress on what was collectively agreed in Glasgow.
And we must be clear: the Glasgow Climate Pact and the Paris Agreement must be the basis of our ambition.
“Our hosts, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are the main managers of the second largest forest in the world.
Forests are the lungs of our planet, absorbing a third of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels.
“COP26 laid the groundwork for more ambitious action, with more than 140 leaders committing to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.
COP27 must be a time to deliver on these commitments made to protect and restore the forests.