COP27, an opportunity for all stakeholders, but not for activists

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) took place from 6 to 18 November. This major event presented an opportunity for all stakeholders to come together to find concrete solutions to the global climate emergency, including on mitigation, adaptation and resilience, loss and damage and climate finance.

However, not everyone was welcome to join.

We often say that young people represent the future of our planet and that its destiny is in their hands. However, some of them reported that young activists weren’t allowed to be part of this important environmental summit.

The activist Nyombi Morris, founder of Earth Volunteers NGO, was in Charm el-Cheikh to talk to leaders, demonstrate, bring Africa’s voice to COP27. However, all of these projects have come up against security measures that alarmed human rights defenders.

Like Nyombi, many activists remained outside, “unable to participate in the negotiations” and especially, he said, to “claim the 100 billion (per year) promised in 2009 and never given” by the developed countries to the countries of the South to reduce their emissions.

We think that it will be impossible to fight climate change without the full engagement of the activists and the whole society.
This is definitely a lesson that still needs to be learnt.

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2 responses to “COP27, an opportunity for all stakeholders, but not for activists”

  1. Paco Theys says:

    It is distressing to note the self-isolation of the leading forces in the negotiations for the fight against climate deregulation and climate justice. The exclusion of activists and NGOs from these same negotiations is an injustice. It illustrates the repetition of a half-century-old pattern, in which the voice of scientists and climate activists is neither listened to nor integrated at the decision-making level. This well-known pattern is that of a climate inaction that is increasingly overwhelming, in a context where scientists and activists have been warning about the gravity of the situation for nearly five decades. The refusal of dialogue with the specialists of the field during these negotiations is revolting and shows once again the distortion between a need for radical and immediate action and a political action in slow motion.
    As a youth I feel very concerned by the current climate issues, and consternated by the context and the course of the negotiations of this COP 27.

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