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Priority is given by COP27 to maintaining the 1.5-degree objective.

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According to the deputy executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, efforts to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) will be the top issue on the agenda at the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2022.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency on November 6, Ovais Sarmad stated that one of the top concerns for COP27 is to “make sure that we maintain the 1.5 degrees target alive.” COP27 will begin in the Egyptian tourist town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

He continued, “There is a very elaborate mitigation work program that has already been developed by the parties, by the countries, and that now needs to be fully implemented. COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh will be reviewing that program to agree on its implementation,” saying that this would be possible with genuine mitigation action.

According to Sarmad, other top targets for COP27 are cooperation, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate change adaptation plans.
Climate financing commitment of $100 billion

In order to combat climate change, adaptation strategies must be discussed at the upcoming summit, according to Sarmad, who stressed their importance. “Adaptation is an extremely important part of addressing climate change because they are vulnerable countries, the countries in the global south who are very severely affected by the impacts of climate change,” he said.

He added that the adaption methods would be examined and decided upon at Sharm el-Sheikh. He also mentioned the USD100 billion in climate money each year by 2020 pledged by affluent countries to assist underdeveloped countries to deal with the effects of climate change.

“Those commitments have been made and must be kept, and we, at the United Nations, are striving very, very hard to bring those parties together to find the resources, the funds that the developing nations truly need to really keep those commitments,” he said.

He continued, “The money needed is in the millions or even trillions of dollars, but the good news is there are opportunities, economic opportunities to implement the right climate action measures that will release that funding. So, that is another objective of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh to mobilize that support.”

inclination to use coal and other fossil fuels

Regarding the propensity for countries to turn back to coal and other fossil fuels, Sarmad said, “We are working very closely with those countries to prevent that from happening. Some countries are trying to go back to fossil fuels, and that is a very unfortunate measure that those countries are taking.”

He claimed that switching to renewable energy is economically far superior and more affordable than switching back to fossil fuels.

The renewable energy movement is already in place; we just need to believe in it and begin putting the movement’s recommendations into action, said Sarmad. “I know it is easier to return to bad old habits, but as our secretary-general says, we need to get away from that old bad habit (of) relying on fossil fuels,” Sarmad said.

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