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Blog | COP27 Journey

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

CCAP was a part of the climate action in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6-18, for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). CCAP kept a running blog throughout the two-week event with regular updates in which our on-site staff shared their behind the scenes stories from Sharm el-Sheikh, including takeaways, highlights, photos, insights, and more happening each day during the conference.


November 20:

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh went into the weekend and ended Sunday (November 20) morning with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. Countries delivered a package of decisions that reaffirmed their commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The package also strengthened action by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change, as well as boosting the support of finance, technology and capacity building needed by developing countries.

Click here to view all the decisions made from Sharm el-Sheikh. Read the UNFCCC recap here.

Some Key Highlights:

  • COP27 significantly advanced the work on mitigation. A mitigation work programme was launched in Sharm el-Sheikh, aimed at urgently scaling up mitigation ambition and implementation. The program would “not impose new targets or goals” and will respect the nationally determined nature of NDCs but aims to support mitigation efforts on sectors covered in the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories’ and IPCC Working Group III of the 6th Assessment Report, and relevant enabling conditions, technologies, just transition and cross-cutting issues.

  • The Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan, highlights that a global transformation to a low-carbon economy is expected to require investments of at least $4-6 trillion a year. Delivering such funding will require a swift and comprehensive transformation of the financial system and its structures and processes, engaging governments, central banks, commercial banks, institutional investors and other financial actors.

  • For climate finance, more than $2 billion will be mobilized for local communities and entrepreneurs to restore degraded land in Africa. The African Cities Water Adaptation fund established at COP27 will help hundreds of African cities to get the grants they need to provide people with safe, affordable and reliable water.

  • Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia renewed commitments to preserve their tropical forests.

  • Countries launched a package of 25 new collaborative actions in five key areas: power, road transport, steel, hydrogen and agriculture.

  • New pledges, totaling more than $230 million, were made to the Adaptation Fund. These pledges will help many more vulnerable communities adapt to climate change through concrete adaptation solutions.

November 18:

On what was originally set to be the final day of COP27 (Friday, Nov. 18), CCAP prepared to head back home as countries continued to wrap up negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh. Scroll through the content below and take a look back at our COP27 journey throughout the two-week conference. Stay tuned for our policy experts' key week two takeaways, which will be added to this story in the coming days.

November 17:

During the final thematic day (Solutions Day) at COP27, methane mitigation highlighted the climate action for CCAP. CCAP and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) launched the Recycle Organics-Caribbean Program, which builds on the existing Reciclo Orgánicos-Latin America program — which supports six countries throughout the region — to support an additional four Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to reduce methane emissions within the waste sector over a four-year period. The countries involved in this project are Belize, Grenada, Guyana and St. Lucia.

CCAP, along with its implementation partner ImplementaSur, will provide technical assistance and develop a pipeline of the projects within the municipal solid waste sector (MSW), while helping countries overcome regulatory barriers and creating enabling frameworks for project execution. The goal is to facilitate conditions for a sustained expansion of organic waste management technologies and accelerate methane mitigation projects that bring significant environmental, economic and social benefits to these countries.