United States ready to discuss ‘damage’ to poor countries at COP27 – Science et Avenir

The United States “fully supports” the issue of disproportionate damage to poor countries from climate change, which is discussed at COP27, which opens in less than two weeks, US climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday.

The most vulnerable countries, which at the same time bear the least responsibility for global warming, are calling for targeted funding to offset the “loss and damage” caused by the climate crisis. This issue promises to be one of the key topics for discussion at the 27th UN climate conference, which will be held from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

“We need to go to the next level and have a real dialogue about how the world will deal with loss and damage,” John Kerry said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“We are ready to discuss in Sharm el-Sheikh all the ways we can try to be fair and join the efforts of the whole world to help solve the problems of many countries,” he said. “Therefore, we fully support the consideration of loss and damage in the context of UN processes.”

This topic is mentioned in the Paris climate agreement, but developed countries that have made their wealth on fossil fuels resist treating the issue as such.

“I hope this will be a year where everyone somehow understands the same page, recognizing that there are certain inequalities that require special attention,” said John Kerry.

He recalled that Africa accounts for only 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, although this continent contains 17 countries most vulnerable to the climate crisis.

Washington will make “announcements at COP27 about (its) support for Africa in terms of adaptation” in the face of climate change, he said Wednesday.

In addition, “we must find new mechanisms to release funding (…) to help countries transition” to clean energy, he said.

At COP27, Washington will work to “develop multilateral guidelines for banks to provide more money for lending,” he said.

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