Climate conference 2022: The results of the conference are ‘a real achievement, but not enough’ – The Guardian

Climate conference 2022: The results of the conference are ‘a real achievement, but not enough’ – The Guardian
Climate conference 2022: The results of the conference are ‘a real achievement, but not enough’ – The Guardian

Climate conference 2022: The results of the conference are ‘a real achievement, but not enough’ – The Guardian

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Closing session of the COP 27 conference

We start our tour of the UK press with the Guardian newspaper writing an editorial entitled ‘The results of the COP27 conference are real achievements, but not enough’.

The newspaper said that it often seems as if climate conferences are summarizing the broader global response to climate collapse, as world leaders make big but vague pledges to work to combat the phenomenon, while lobbyists speak out and pressure governments to stop Maintaining the status quo while academics and civil society groups and those most affected by the climate catastrophe should cry out to be heard first.

“The results are predictable: indecisiveness, evasion, obstruction, relinquishment of responsibility, followed by much-needed — but grossly inadequate — last-minute action,” she wrote.

Given the utter chaos that unfolded late Saturday night, the end result of COP 27 is a relief and in some ways cause for celebration.

She added: “The agreement to set up a fund to compensate for losses and damage is a historic breakthrough that developing countries have been demanding for three decades. As usual, the devil is in the details: who finances this fund? But it is designed to help.” provide the financial aid that the poorest countries need to rescue and rebuild “when storms hit their people and infrastructure. And this despite continued resistance from the United States (until 11 a.m.) and the European Union.”

The paper praised the language of reforming international financial institutions in the conference’s closing statement, saying it was also a real achievement and could, for example, help developing countries invest in renewable energy sources. But here, too, it’s the details that count – which changes are implemented and how quickly?

The Guardian quoted Alok Sharma, last year’s COP26 President, as saying that the Sharm el-Sheikh conference “was a struggle to keep commitments, let alone build on what was made in Glasgow last year”. .

“The reduction in emissions by 2025 is not in this text (the text of the final declaration). The pursuit of a gradual reduction in coal use is not in this text. Phasing out all fossil fuels is not in this text,” Sharma said.

“The Loss and Damages Compensation Fund is necessary but mitigating rather than preventing, which is like raising funds for a neighbor’s new clothes after you see his house burn because you dropped a lit match on him ‘ the newspaper wrote.

Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s foreign minister and head of the COP27 conference, said maintaining the 1.5°C global warming ceiling is still within reach. Theoretically that’s true, but politically it’s not, the paper said, as global emissions are set to fall by 50 percent by 2030, while those emissions are currently setting new records.

The newspaper pointed out that next year’s conference will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates, one of the largest fossil fuel (oil) producers, and therefore “few people are optimistic about the prospects for progress there”.

“For three decades, the international political system has consistently demonstrated its frustrating, heartbreaking, and bizarre inability to deal with a problem that, at its core, has a simple solution: ending our dependence on fossil fuels.”

According to the newspaper, this year’s major achievement – ​​the new fund – is essentially a victory for civil society and for developing countries to act together. And when, as one climate official observed, it seems that “we can do the impossible,” these actors need to be recognized and show real global leadership.

She concluded, “Cop 27 shows that they (the actors) must keep fighting for every little step forward, for every bit of restraint about warming.”

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Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of host country Egypt, chaired the COP27 conference

On the same subject, we read an article in The Times by Adam Fogg, the newspaper’s environmental editor, entitled “COP 27 Results: Will the Loss and Damage Fund Agreement Be Sufficient?”.

And the author saw that the two-week talks initially won a surprise victory, as they managed to keep on the agenda the issue of setting up a fund to compensate poor countries for the effects of climate change, which were mainly caused by richer countries.

Few observers expected the summit to approve the fund. However, 196 countries have committed to establishing the Loss and Damage Fund, marking significant progress 15 years after the idea was first mentioned in the United Nations climate convention.

However, the hopes of the European Union, Britain, the United States and many of the most vulnerable countries for a world realignment towards the 1.5 degree limit are being dashed.

The author noted that the United States, Britain and a broad coalition of countries supported the reference to phasing out all forms of fossil fuels, not just coal, as pledged at last year’s Glasgow talks, but the fact that the major oil and gas producing countries have been successful prevents this from being included in the final declaration.

“The agreement ignores any call for countries to come up with new plans to reduce emissions by 2030, making it difficult to see how the 1.5 degree target can be met,” he wrote.

“Money can’t buy a decent team”

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Qatar national team poses for a commemorative photo before their game against Ecuador

And from The Times newspaper we also read an article by Matt Dickinson about the opening match of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar entitled “World Cup preparation costs $200 billion but Qatar shows money can’t buy semi-finals – decent team.”

The author spoke about the level of the national team of the State of Qatar, which was defeated 0-2 by the Ecuadorian team in the opening game of the tournament.

“Hundreds of billions of pounds can win (organize) the World Cup, build a city in the Arabian desert and attract global attention. But you can’t buy a halfway decent international football team with it,” he wrote.

And the author felt that part of the expensive power game had let Qatar down as they became the first World Cup hosts to lose their opening match. The loss was so mitigating that thousands of fans left early in the second half, more concerned about beating the crowd.

He added that in all the years he’s been talking about Qatar hosting the tournament, he didn’t know much about the Qatari team itself. To help them qualify as a credible team for the World Cup, Qatar enjoyed guest status at the 2019 Copa América (South American championship) and the 2021 Gold Cup (North, Central American and Caribbean nations) and entered the 2022 UEFA qualifying group on “Although” for Dickinson, her place was secured.

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Ecuador’s Ener Valencia scores his second goal against Qatar to make it 2-0

“Expectations have grown for Qatar to be competitive, having risen from 113th when Qatar won the competition in 2010 to 50th in the world rankings (ahead of Saudi Arabia and Ghana) and even winning the Asian Cup in 2019” , he wrote.

And he concluded: “All in the hope of avoiding the outrage of South Africa in 2010 when the host country failed (to advance to the next round) and were eliminated in the group stage, which happened for the first time. But with Senegal and the Netherlands (in the same group as (Qatar)), Qatar’s fate seems already sealed.

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