IUCN position paper for UNFCCC COP27
UNFCCC COP27 is taking place at a time of considerable global turmoil, with growing economic hardship and food and energy insecurity worsening the effects of a still ongoing pandemic. Yet, as the extreme weather events of 2022 – catastrophic floods, droughts and hurricanes – illustrate, the climate crisis is also continuing unabated, hitting vulnerable communities the hardest and exacerbating global inequalities. COP27, therefore, provides an opportunity to the world’s political leaders to demonstrate their commitment to raise collective global ambition and action to realise the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Noting that the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 will convene in Montreal, Canada shortly afterwards, in December 2022, COP27 also provides a unique opportunity for the international climate community to reinforce the deep interlinkages that exist between the climate change and biodiversity loss crises and the critical role that Nature-based Solutions can play in addressing both.