Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) (EFE).- The presidency of the COP27 climate summit acknowledged on Monday that there was little progress in the negotiations and that there was still “work to be done to obtain results” as the event enters its final week of work, so he asked delegates to “shift gears”.
Speaking ahead of the meeting’s plenary, COP27 President and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Soukrí urged all parties (more than 190 between countries, international organizations and regional groups) to use “all means available” to obtain draft agreements before next Wednesday and to be able to conclude Friday with a declaration containing “ambitious decisions”.
“We have concluded work on several files, but there is still work to be done if we want to obtain significant and tangible results of which we can be proud (…) We must change gear and complete the technical discussions with other political commitments,” he said.
In this sense, he stressed that the work that remains to be tackled in the coming days goes through three parallel tracks: the continuation of technical negotiations to have material “to which political agreements can be added” and the continuation of “consultations active” between the different groups working on the final resolution to add “the problems that have arisen” in the lower level thematic commissions.
Finally, it is necessary “to continue the consultations centered on the essential political questions still unresolved”.
All of this should be resolved, he said, by Wednesday 16 in the afternoon, in order to polish the document and the final conclusions before Friday 18, the date scheduled for the end of COP27.
“The aim is to have substantial conclusions and decisions on Friday, which will constitute the end of the Sharm el-Sheikh conference. (…) We have received strong messages from science and people on the front line on the costs climate inaction. And also for us to make ambitious decisions that result in programs that can be implemented quickly,” he said.
“Time is not on our side and the world is watching. It’s time to unite and deliver,” he concluded.