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COP27 and Crucial reports to watch for in 2022

COP27 and Crucial reports to watch for in 2022

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2021 was an unprecedented year of climate disasters, but also of action against Climate Change. Here’s a look at the next year and some key things to be aware of that could impact the climate crisis and the direction in which we are headed.

Two Major Scientific Reports are Now Available

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC). Published a report in 2021 that not only confirmed the role of climate change as a risk-multiplier for hunger but gave the world A stark warning: global temperatures will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040.

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Photo: WFP/Evelyn Fey/2021

A 2 degree Celsius warmer world would see an additional 189 million people go hungry.

The IPCC will release two major scientific documents this year, which will help to formulate strategies for climate adaptation and mitigation.

  1. The IPCC will publish a new assessment in February 2022 about how the climate crisis affects people, ecosystems, biodiversity, and our ability to adapt.
  2. We expect to see an analysis of the options available for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and removing carbon dioxide.

These scientific reports are expected to prompt governments and decision-makers to take immediate action. These reports will be used by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), to support advocacy efforts for vulnerable communities at the frontlines of climate change.

Climate Finance: Keeping to the Promises

Global injustice is the cause of the climate crisis. Global warming is increasing extreme weather events’ severity and frequency, and the most vulnerable countries don’t have the resources or financial means to adapt and mitigate these impacts.

High-income countries were the ones that produced the highest greenhouse gas emissions in the past ten year. By 2020, climate finance will amount to $100 billion.. This funding would assist low- and middle-income countries to deal with the impacts the climate crisis. This climate funding was not available in 2020 and 2021.

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Photo: WFP/Sayed asif Mahmud/2021

WFP continues to increase its climate action and plans for nine million people to be reached by climate programming by 2025.

It is vital that the $100 billion pledged funding be kept and that support is provided to communities at risk who are facing the consequences for a problem they did nothing to cause.

High hopes for global climate conferences

The Government of Indonesia will host this event in May. 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Countries will gather to discuss ways to manage disaster risks and protect those in harm’s way.

Disaster risk reduction is the planning, analysis, prevention, and management of risks that could result in the loss or damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and cyclones. Climate hazards account for 90 percent of major disasters around the globe, making disaster risk reduction policies an essential part of tackling the climate crisis.

Egypt will emphasize resilience and adaptation as it hosts the World Cup. The next United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh (COP27).November The conference will build upon the discussions and commitments made by COP26 in GlasgowThere are high hopes that a conference on climate change hosted in Africa will bring more support for adaptation and loss and damages.  These are the key things to watch out for as we approach and at COP27.

  • The delivery of $100 million per year to low- and mid-income countries to mitigate and adapt to the climate change impacts
  • The creation of a Loss and Damage Fund and the mobilization and financing of climate finance
  • New commitments, and the implementation of existing announcements, to limit global heating to well below 2°C by the end of the century

Without sufficient resources and funding, communities who contribute the least to the climate crisis will continue to bear the brunt of its impacts —with devastating consequences.

Visit our website to learn more about the U.N. World Food Programme’s role in helping communities prepare for, recover from, and prevent extreme weather events. Climate Change Hub.

This blog was originally published on WFP’s StoriesJenny Wilson wrote it on January 14, 2022. 

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