Climate finance and human rights fears: what happened on day two of Cop27? | police officer 27

Money! Money! Money! dominated the second full day of Cop27, with a deep divide between long-polluting rich states and developing countries that need funding to deal with devastating extreme weather while reducing emissions.

Meanwhile, Egypt will realize that it cannot hold such an important international conference without its dire human rights record being put in the spotlight.

Here are some of the highlights from the second day:

  • The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called on the Global North to follow the EU’s example of committing climate finance to the Global South.

  • A report by renowned climate economist Lord Stern showed that developing countries (excluding China) would need $2 billion a year by 2030 to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the effects of climate breakdown.

  • However, civil society climate experts called “America’s decades-long game plan of denial, delay and deception” in terms of losses and damages.

  • In one such stark example, Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, said his country needed more than $30 billion in flood relief “despite our very low carbon footprint”.

  • However, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, celebrated that loss and damage had been added to the agenda of Cop27.

  • The family of jailed British-Egyptian hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah have expressed fears that Egyptian officials may torture him behind closed doors through force-feeding. A pro-government Egyptian MP confronted Abd el-Fattah’s sister, Sanaa Seif, outside the conference.

  • The release of Abd el-Fattah has become the defining issue for British-Egyptian relations, warned the former British ambassador to Egypt, John Casson.

  • For the first time in years, Egypt has blocked access to the Human Rights Watch website, a day after the Guardian described how delegates at Cop27 were unable to access it.

  • A UN group set up to crack down on the greenwashing of net zero pledges by industry and government has called for “red lines” to stop support for the exploration of new fossil fuels and the overuse of carbon offsets.

  • Tuvalu has become the first country to use the UN climate talks to demand an international fossil fuel non-proliferation agreement, which would phase out the use of coal, oil and gas.

  • Temperatures in Ireland were so mild this autumn that trees produced new growth before shedding their leaves, according to the Irish Taoiseach, Micheál Martin.

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