COP27 Agreement (Is it Really?) on Compensation Fund

By Kalinga Seneviratne SYDNEY (IDN) — Welcome to our 15th issue of Sustainable Development Observer, focusing almost exclusively on COP 27—or what is known as the annual UN climatic change conference. Three decades after small island states introduced the term “loss and damage” to the United Nations, the world has finally agreed to set up […]

Africa: China Ramps Up Funding for Renewable Energy

By Lisa Vives, Global Information Network NEW YORK (IDN) — China is one of the main funders of renewable-energy projects in Africa. At last year’s China-Africa Cooperation forum, Beijing committed to ramping up investments in solar, wind, and other renewables across the continent and has made no overseas coal power investments since 2021. It is […]

COP27: A Win for Loss and Damage

By Busani Bafana SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (IDN) — After much horse-trading, loss and damage is on the agenda at the COP27 raising expectations of an agreement for funding to promote resilience and address longer-term impacts of climate change. For the first time since the adoption of the UN climate convention, the contentious issue of loss […]

UN’s Development Goals are Not Far Behind COP27

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — When the two-weeklong COP27 climate summit began negotiations November 6, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were not far behind. At the conference centre in the Egyptian coastal town of Sharm el-Sheikh, the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is hosting an SDG Pavilion for […]

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