COP27, Day 7: Adaptation and Agriculture

Ahram Online , Saturday 12 Nov 2022

Ahram Online is providing daily live update coverage of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) taking place in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh from 6-18 November.

Climate activists stage a protest during the COP27 summit in Egypt s Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, on November 11, 2022. AP

22:00 Egypt is pushing to bridge the gaps between negotiating parties in order to finalise draft deals as the first week of the summit comes to an end.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said the biggest challenge for Egypt as a host country is to have negotiators “convinced on different issues,” including securing funds for nations to adapt to climate change and reaching a consensus on “loss and damage” finance from industrialised nations to poorer, vulnerable ones who are suffering climate-related harms.

Sunday will be a rest day before the conference resumes on Monday with Water and Gender Day.

21:40 A wrap up of the Adaptation Day

21:30 A wrap up of the Agriculture Day.

It focused on how to safeguard the food security of close to eight billion people, and strengthen resilience against climate change.

20:35 Several Egyptian entrepreneurs launched Egypt's first eco-friendly water bottle on the sidelines of COP27.

Under the rubric “It is high time to drink water in a way that preserves the environment,” the project, dubbed Good Water, is part of Egypt's “unremitting efforts to confront climate change.”

19:50 Initiative on Nutrition and Climate Change

I-CAN will help foster collaboration to accelerate transformative action to address the critical nexus of climate change and nutrition.

I-CAN objectives are: Connect actions to accelerate progress in both climate and nutrition, outline deliverables that will monitor profess in integrated action, facilitate the provision of technical and high-level support to Member states, provide practical examples of what all stakeholders can implement to advance integrated action, form what the convenors of this initiative will do to advance integrated action.

This would help reduce health and climate change costs by $1.3 trillion.

18:30 Decent Life Initiative

The panel presented key accomplishments in transforming Egypt’s rural communities to improve the quality of life. The initiative is a foundational case study into sustainable rural development in Africa.

17:15 A walkthrough of the Green Zone at COP27

16:30 At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, you may notice some people wearing a red flower in the buttonhole of their suit or on their dresses and wonder what the significance of such a symbol is.

15:50 Egypt’s gas and petroleum sector signed on Saturday seven MoUs and agreements with a number of international companies on the sidelines of COP27.

This includes agreements with British HiiROC, American Shell Egypt, General Electric, Baker Hughes, France's TotalEnergies SE, Japan's Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Microsoft Egypt, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources noted.

14:55 As the UN climate talks in Egypt near the halfway point, negotiators are working hard to draft deals on a wide range of issues they'll put to ministers next week in the hope of getting a substantial result by the end.

14:15 The Climate Responses for Sustaining Peace (CRSP) initiative was launched at COP27 today.

"This initiative marks the first time ever a COP presidency comes forward with an initiative that tackles the interface between climate change and peace making.

"It an important milestone that reflects Egypt’s high level of ambition for COP27, & a testimony to Egypt’s commitment to strengthening multilateralism and international cooperation in a positive and inclusive manner,” Sameh Shoukry says

14:00 COP27 President Sameh Shoukry meets with Indigenous peoples delegation. Shoukry stressed on the importance of maintaining the dialogue & exchange of views between COP president & indigenous people’s delegation to ensure that their voice & interests are reflected in COP outcomes.

Read the interview with Chief Zebajaga Apurina: "Climate change is harming lives of indigenous people in Brazil"

13:20 US Climate Envoy John Kerry said the US, together with Germany, supports Egypt’s Nexus on Water, Food and Energy (NWFE) platform with the aim of reducing emissions, boosting renewables, and helping to reach a virtuous path to a net zero emissions world. 

The NWFE energy pillar shuts down eleven dirty old fossil fuel turbines, shifts 5 GW of gas production from Egypt to Europe, where the gas will go, which will reduce emissions, Kerry added.

He added that the US has concluded a series of partnerships in Sharm El-Sheikh to encourage action to step up climate finance.

13:00 Initiatives: Climate Responses for Sustaining Peace.

CRSP aims to ensure that integrated climate responses contribute to sustainable peace and development in line with national ownership and context specificity. It includes several pillars four major pillars. Particular attention will be paid towards integrating the needs of women, youth and communities in vulnerable situations.

12:45 COP27 president and and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry launch a major package of over USD $150 million for supporting adaptation in Africa. The agenda aims to increase the resilience of 4 billion people.

12:20 "At COP27, we need big wins for a greener future" says Alvaro Lario, President of the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD)

11:15 The FAST initiative, which was announced at the COP27 today, seeks to promote cooperation between relevant international initiatives, networks and alliances in order to build on firmly-established initiatives in various continents, the Egyptian agriculture minister said.

This includes AIM for Climate initiative, Global Methane Pledge and all food and agriculture outcomes of the Glasgow COP26 summit, he noted.

The initiative will be carried out within a COP-to-COP partnership and the current COP presidency will coordinate with the next presidency to ensure FAST remains high on the agenda, he said.

10:20 During the opening session of the Agriculture an Adaptation Day at the COP27, Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir, speaking alongside Maria Helena Semedo @MariaLenasemedo@FAO Deputy Director General and Simon Stiell @simonstiell@UNFCCC Executive Secretary, announced the launch of Food and Agricultural for Sustainable Transformation (FAST) initiative to provide a long-term and sustainable solution to agriculture and food systems around the world.

FAST is founded on a voluntary and collaborative process between FAO and main stakeholder groups and is based on the principles of equity and balance of constituencies

Egyptian agriculture minister El-Sayed El-Quseir and Maria Helena Semedo FAO Deputy Director-General at the session today.

10:00 Food and Agricultural for Sustainable Transformation (FAST) initiative announced on Day 7.


09:30 US President Joe Biden tweeted his take on the climate crisis and perspective for the future after leaving the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh yesterday.

"The United States is delivering on our promise of global climate leadership," he said.


Day 7, 12 November - Adaptation and Agriculture Day

10:00-13:00 Mandated events and workshops 13th FSV Workshop

13:00-15:00 Mandated events and workshops NWP FP Forum thematic session I tbc

13:00-15:00 Lunch

18:00-20:00 Plenary meetings and meetings of groups of the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement bodies 




COP27, Day 1: Loss and damage funding introduced as an agenda item (Click here).

COP27, Day 2: Sisi urges world leaders to move to concrete action on climate (Click here).

COP27, DAY 3: President launches the 'Sharm el-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda' (Click here).

COP27, Day 4: Climate finance in a polycrisis era (Click here).

COP27, Day 5: Science and Future Generations Day (Click here).

COP27, Day 6: Decarbonisation challenge (Click here).

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