Almost 50 countries were gathered in Copenhagen for the May Ministerial Meeting on Implementation. The aim of the meeting was to restore global momentum and political focus in dealing with the global climate crisis - even at a time when Russia's invasion of Ukraine has only emphasized the need for global cohesion.
The British COP26 presidency and the Egyptian COP27 presidency designate had asked Denmark to host the meeting.
“It has been a privilege to host so many committed colleagues from around the world. We have agreed that our ambitious decisions from COP26 still stand - and the promises must be met with action. With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the security of supply and energy dependence have risen to the top of the agenda. At the same time, the climate crisis is raging. Therefore, we must fight to maintain momentum and the phasing out of fossil energy. We have a lot to achieve but our discussions at this Ministerial meeting have laid a decisive foundation for COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh,” says Minister of Climate, Dan Jørgensen.
Words are not enough - everyone must act
The meeting in Copenhagen emphasized the countries' commitment to the climate agenda. The mantra was that words are not enough. All countries must act to fulfill the promises made by COP26. At COP26, all countries pledged to revisit their 2022 climate targets and ensure compliance with the Paris Agreement. That was a central focal point for the meeting in Copenhagen.
The meeting also took place in continuation of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, latest reports, in which science is undeniable. Among the conclusions is that the ambitions must be increased - both in relation to mitigation, better adaptation, more support for the most vulnerable, and dealing with the damage that climate change causes.
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- All the key country groups from the UN were represented at the meeting, including approx. 20 climate ministers:
Participating countries: Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, DRC, Egypt, European Commission, Faroe Islands, France, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Greenland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Poland, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Zambia
- There was a focus on following up on agreements from e.g. Glasgow Climate Pact on climate adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and losses and damages
- The next step is a negotiation session in Bonn in June with a focus on the negotiations as well as continued climate diplomatic efforts to increase the countries' ambitions
- COP27 will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt from November 7-18.
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