The year 2021 saw major climate decisions taken by more than 100 delegates attending COP26. Parents, indigenous communities, students and even scientists joined the protests to propagate the message for acting on climate change.
In the year 2022, we are about to witness several climate actions. As per a report by the United Nations, ten key global events in 2022 will shape critical conversations and influence public policy decisions around one of the most defining issues of our time.
There are 46 countries, spanning from Afghanistan to Zambia, that are considered Least Developed Countries (LDCs).They are highly vulnerable to countless shocks – from economic, public health to climate change.
As per the report, LDC5, a conference that happens every 10 years – will include a high-level thematic roundtable on climate change to discuss the unique and urgent issues that LDCs face and the necessary support that they need to ensure that much-needed economic growth does not take place at the expense of their already fragile ecosystems and diminishing natural resources.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes assessments of climate science every six to seven years, will launch its first comprehensive assessment report since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015.
The first-ever Middle East and North Africa Climate Week, organized by UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), marks a significant milestone in the lead up to COP27 which will take place in Egypt in November.
The UN Biodiversity Conference, which was expected to take place in 2020 in China, has now been split into two parts. In October 2021, the first part helped to set the stage for the next meeting in the Spring of 2022, with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, which calls on countries to negotiate and agree on a global biodiversity framework, and the establishment of the Kunming Biodiversity Fund which saw commitments from China, France, the European Union, Japan and others.
Taking place under the theme, Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests, the World Forestry Congress will focus on six sub-themes, including reversing forest loss, sustainable use of nature-based solutions and forest resources, and forest monitoring and data collection.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in 2019 that roughly 500 million people live in areas that experience desertification. The Conference on Desertification will be an urgent call to scale up land restoration as well as nature-based solutions for climate action.
As UNEP marks five decades of its work to strengthen environmental diplomacy, standards and practices, it will host Stockholm+50 with Sweden and Kenya, aiming to recommit and strengthen our ability to overcome the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.
Organized under the theme, Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future, the forthcoming World Urban Forum will be an opportunity to look at the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities as well as how they can be better prepared to handle present and future shocks.
Organized with support from the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, the conference will be a call for ocean action – urging global leaders and all relevant sectors to boost ambition, mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven and innovative approaches to reverse the decline in ocean health.
The annual UN Climate Change Conference is expected to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt in 2022. It will advance the global climate talks, mobilize action, and provide a significant opportunity to look at the impacts of climate change in Africa.
(With inputs from UN Climate Action report)
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