The formalization of the COP agenda was hotly debated, so much so that the kick-off was delayed. Discussions focused on the wording “loss and damage”, a recurring topic for countries that are in first line of the consequences of global warming, without being responsible for it.
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“This issue has preoccupied us for a number of years. There were reservations about its scope and the responsibilities that could be pointed out, [après] adding [officiel] of this item on the agenda”, declared Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of COP27. Before adding that there had been a “change in the positions of six delegations which had reservations”.
Why is this question causing such a stir?
For Africa in particular, the impact of global warming has been a priority for more than a decade, even if it has never really materialized into big decisions, explains Chris Vandome, research fellow at the Africa Program of the think london tank Chatham House.
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