Climate Alliance @COP27


Climate Alliance's delegation in Sharm el-Sheikh represented the network in a variety of events and activities – be it through official side events, with a dedicated Climate Alliance stand at the expo, at the country pavillions or through our tradition of presenting children's climate efforts via the Green Footprints campaign to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary. Below you will find some of the highlights.

This year as in year's past, cities and regions played an important role in the UNFCCC process. Information on activities of the so-called Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency, of which Climate Alliance is an official member, can be found here.

Official COP27 YouTube channel with recordings
(for side events broadcasted online)

Climate Alliance and related events

Saturday, 12 November 2022

  • 10:30—12:00: Climate change and the commitment to 'leaving no one behind' in cities the role of built environment solutions to secure resilience and inclusion (location: Buildings Pavilion Auditorium)

    To achieve inclusion in cities while tackling climate change, there is a need to acknowledge sustainability from a lato-sensu standpoint — considering its trade-offs and short and long term consequences. In this sense, this session aimed to address the reinforced contribution of local governments to ensure resilience to its territory, and dignity to those facing vulnerable situations through built environment solutions. The discussion put both small and large-scale examples in the spotlight and raised awareness on equity and climate vulnerability. Organised by the City of São Paulo and the International Passive House Association, the event featured a contribution from Climate Alliance on the topic of energy poverty. Agenda

  • 13:15—14:45: Future of Amazonia: Mainstream local & indigenous solutions – new methodologies and critical analysis (official side event; location: Hatshepsut)

    How can we meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the Amazonian tipping point with its potentially devastating impacts for the global climate? Are market mechanisms and compensation, megaprojects on so-called "green technologies" the answer or is it best to design local, indigenous approaches? This event is organised by Climate Alliance, Climate Alliance Austria, Climate Alliance Luxembourg, Action Solidarité Tiers Monde (ASTM), the Institiute for Action in Ecology and Anthropology (INFOE) and the Freie Universität Berlin, featuring contributions from multiple indigenous and local organisations and representatives from Peru, Colombia and Brazil. Agenda | YouTube link
  • 15:00 – 16:30: Securing sustainable energy for all: a glocal perspective (official side event; location: Osiris)

    The contribution of regions and cities in securing sustainable energy and actions for a just transition are critical. In this event, representatives of cities and regions exchanged on commitments and action to secure energy supplies for just transition policies in accordance with climate criteria as well as in cooperation with citizens and civil society actors. The session was organised by Climate Alliance Europe and Climate Alliance Italy together with Geres and the Heschel Center for Sustainability. It featured contributions from local level politicians such as Climate Alliance President and Mayor of Cologne (DE) Andreas Wolter as well as European Committee of the Regions and Turku (FI) City Council member Niina Ratilainen along with British Columbia's Minister of Environment George Heyman, Madeleine Diouf of Senegal's Environmetal Ministry and policy adviser Leehee Goldenberg of the New Israel Fund. Agenda | YouTube link

Monday, 14 November 2022

  • all day: Climate Alliance stand (expo area)

    For two days, Climate Alliance presented its work and philosphy to COP27 participants at the Climate Alliance exhibition stand.

  • 15:00 – 15:15: Greenfootprints handover to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell (location: area D, between Plenary Hall Ramses and the COP Presidency Office entrance)

    Through handover ceremonies held annually at the UN Climate Change Conferences, the UNFCCC officially acknowledges the efforts of tens of thousands of children within the framework of Climate Alliance's Green Footprints campaign. This year, 236,281 children from eight European countries took part, making a contribution to climate action and sending a strong message to global decision-makers.

    Press release (EN | DE) | photos (Climate Alliance | UNFCCC) | Video Statement from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stiell | Video Statement from Austria Climate Action Minister Gewessler

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

  • all day: Climate Alliance stand (expo area)

    For two days, Climate Alliance presented its work and philosphy to COP27 participants at the Climate Alliance exhibition stand.

  • 15:00 – 16:30: Jurisdictional Indigenous Redd+, Indigenous Climate Platform, Isolated Peoples and Carbon Piracy (official side event; location: Thutmose)

    This event, organised in part by indigenous Climate Alliance partner AIDESEP (Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana), explored NDC climate ambitions with subnational strategies and jurisdictional Amazonian alternatives. Lessons from the Redd+ Indígena and the Indigenous Climate Platform in terms of equity and rights touched on topics ranging from adequate payment for results and curbing carbon priracy to the protection of isolated peoples. Speakers included indigenous leaders and national authorities from Peru as well as represenatitives from Europe including municipalities, researchers and environmental organisations.

Thursday, 17 November 2022

  • 11:30—13:00: Food security, indigenous economy and community vigilance against climate change (official side event; location: Khufu)

    This event, with contributions from indigenous Climate Alliance partners COICA and AIDESEP (Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana) looked into the topic of food security and the indigenous economy. In this context, control and surveillance are key to exercising governance over territories under threat of deforestation. Participants got insights into how improved surveillance can contribute to NDCs with clear adaptation and mitigation measures.