COP27 and Climate Change in 2022

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 concluded on November 20 with a dramatic agreement for developed nations to establish and contribute to a “loss and damage” fund for vulnerable nations facing climate disasters and crises.

The COP27 conference, held at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, also featured a reaffirming of earlier commitments to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level; a strengthening of actions related to cutting greenhouse gas emissions; and boosting financial support for developing countries.

COP27 brought together more than 45,000 participants to share ideas, solutions, and build partnerships and coalitions. The actions agreed to, and the decisions taken at COP27 reemphasize the critical importance of empowering all stakeholders to engage in climate action.

2022 reminded all of us many times of the impacts of climate change and the potential future implications for the planet and humankind if the agreed action plans from COP27 and earlier conferences are not executed.  Examples of climate disasters during 2022 included Hurricane Ian’s destructions across Florida, severe drought conditions across the Southwestern United States and most of Europe; severe wildfires and catastrophic flooding in Algeria, South Africa and other African nations; and monsoon-related flooding across Pakistan and Asia. UIG’s contributing partners continued providing examples of the global climate crisis throughout 2022, including the images in the attached gallery.

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