COP27 Daily Update: Changing the World Together: Joining Forces to Combat Climate Change

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In the words of Dr. Stuart Capstick, “Citizen involvement is essential to bring change. It is not separate from, it is not some sort of optional add-on, in fact, it has to be part of transformative climate action”. This is reflected in tomorrow’s theme of ACE & Civil Society, which calls attention to the increasingly inclusive and targeted response to effectively tackling climate change. The term “ACE” is an acronym for Action for Climate Empowerment, a concept outlined in Article 12 of the Paris Agreement. This article outlines the significance of empowering communities to tackle the climate crisis through education, training, awareness raising, public participation, access to information, and international cooperation.

In order to benefit all members of a society, climate action requires engagement with, and contributions from all stakeholders, representing a variety of sectors. This engagement creates a catalyst for developing partnerships that will ultimately lead to the creation of relevant policies.

Adopting a collaborative approach to ACE offers several advantages when implementing strategies to fight climate change at a national level. These include providing the opportunity to assess existing activities, establish specific targets and milestones, and identify key indicators to track and measure progress. It is also important to identify the key phases of implementation.

It has been established by the UNFCCC that a fundamental aspect of the creation of a just and effective global strategy to address the climate crisis and the other interrelated challenges, is the inclusion, support and empowerment of women, civil society, youth, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. One of the most important goals of COP27 is to provide a platform for these crucial voices to be heard.

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The Ocean x Climate Summit by Oceanic Global took place on Friday at the Park Regency in Sharm El-Sheikh. The conference highlighted the importance and potential of the ocean within the climate change narrative, and supported multi stakeholder action for the ocean and all it sustains. Our partner, Racquel Moses (UNFCCC Race To Zero Global Ambassador and CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA)) was a speaker during the conference.

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Today's island-related events

Island and International Partnerships for a Net-Zero and Climate Resilient Future
Date & Time: 14 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: U.S. Center, Blue Zone
Organization: Local2030 Islands Network, RELAC Initiative, NOAA, & NREL
Connecting Large Ocean States for Capacity Building through Shared Experiences and Storytelling

Date & Time: 14 November, 3:20 – 4:20 PM (Egypt)
Location: UNFCCC Capacity Building Hub
Organization: Peace Boat, The Youth Negotiator’s Academy, OceanHub Africa

SDG Localization as a Driver of Urgent Climate Action

Date & Time: 14 November, 6:00 PM (Egypt)

Location: Egyptian Pavilion, Blue Zone
Organization: Local2030 Coalition, the Government of Egypt

Adaptation priorities in the Indo-Pacific and Africa – Co-designed knowledge and solutions

Date & Time: 14 November, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: Hatshepsut (300)
Organization: University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales 

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