COP27: What you need to know

Climate change: it’s an issue we all want to help combat. Last year, in Glasgow, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference made big commitments about ways to change our world for the better.

So one year on, what can we expect from COP27? And what else do you need to know about it?

Okay, so why are all these countries getting together?

Well, this is the 27th year that the 197 countries that have agreed to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change get together to discuss climate and environmental issues.

This year, it will be at the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and will last from November 6 to 18.

International leaders like US President Joe Biden will be there and the White House is optimistic about the climate efforts in the US. The White House says President Biden will “build on the significant work the United States has undertaken to advance the global climate fight.”

What can we expect this year?

Like with any COP meeting, this year is important to line up climate action for the future.

Countries are expected to deliver updated plans on how they’re going to lower their greenhouse gas emissions, something they agreed to do at last year’s COP in Glasgow. Also since the event is being held in Africa there’s an expectation that there will be a specific focus on African issues.

How’s the future looking?

While most participants will consider all COP events important next year’s COP28 has particular importance because it’s when countries who signed the 2015 Paris Agreement at COP21 will show the world how they implemented their climate action.

It is being called the Global Stocktake and will be presented at COP28 in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.