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COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh Schedules Fund for Loss and Damage for Departure While Mitigation Stays Grounded

Wolfgang Obergassel, Christof Arens, Christiane Beuermann, Carsten Elsner, Lukas Hermwille, Nicolas Kreibich, Hermann E. Ott, Juliane Schell, Max Schulze-Steinen, Meike Spitzner


The twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm el-Sheikh made history by for the first time ever discussing and ultimately even agreeing to establish a fund to address loss and damage caused by climate change. However, the conference did little to limit the occurrence of loss and damage in the first place by containing the extent of climate change. This article discusses the conference's outcomes in the areas of mitigation and adaptation, loss and damage, the Global Stocktake, cooperation under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, climate finance, and gender-responsiveness. While modest progress can be observed, it is too slow to actually achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This pace is leading many, not least the most vulnerable countries, to search for parallel arenas of cooperation.

Wolfgang Obergassel, Co-Head of Research Unit, Wuppertal Institute; Christof Arens, Senior Researcher, Wuppertal Institute; Christiane Beuermann, Vice-Director and Co-Head of Research Unit, Wuppertal Institute; Carsten Elsner, Researcher, Wuppertal Institute; Lukas Hermwille, Senior Researcher, Wuppertal Institute; Nicolas Kreibich, Researcher, Wuppertal Institute; Hermann E. Ott, Head of German office, Client Earth; Juliane Schell, Junior Researcher, Wuppertal Institute; Max Schulze-Steinen, Junior Researcher, Wuppertal Institute; Meike Spitzner, Senior Researcher, Wuppertal Institute. For correspondence: Wolfgang Obergassel <>, Christof Arens <>, Christiane Beuermann <>, Carsten Elsner <>, Lukas Hermwille <>, Nicolas Kreibich <>, Hermann E. Ott <>, Juliane Schell <>, Max Schulze-Steinen <>, Meike Spitzner <>.


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