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Erin LynchErin Lynch

Erin Lynch

6 min read

Copping Out

COP27 is upon us. For the next two weeks, over 90 heads of state and 30,000 delegates from 190 countries will meet in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi hopes the meeting will ‘showcase unity against an existential threat we can only overcome through concerted action’. The summit is expected to focus on three main targets: reducing emissions, increasing countries’ resilience against climate change, and improving technical support for developing countries. It’s been billed as both the ‘Africa COP’ and the ‘Implementation COP’ and significant attention will be focused on the particular challenges and opportunities confronting the continent, as well as strategic plans for how to turn last year’s commitments into clear action.