What is needed from world leaders at COP27?


As COP27 begins in Egypt, The Elders reiterate their call on governments to urgently move from promises and pledges to immediate real-world action to address the climate crisis. This means implementing ambitious, credible and concrete transition plans and delivering now on climate finance promises.

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“At COP27 in Egypt, leaders must agree a roadmap for finance delivery, provide evidence of action taken and be held accountable for commitments made.” – Ban Ki-moon




“We are living outside our experience”: – Mary Robinson on the importance of listening to communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis and the need for leaders to go beyond empty words and hollow pledges at COP27.

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“Women make up more than half of the world’s population, so how can we expect to make the best decisions for the people or the planet when it’s just half the team making the decisions?” – Vanessa Nakate on why women’s leadership matters in climate action.

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“COP27 is a crucial moment for leaders to put in place tangible solutions to unlock funds to address climate loss and damage.” – Hina Jilani




“There is a place whereby you cannot adapt any-more”. Vanessa Nakate in conversation with Mary Robinson on the vital need for loss and damage financing. Now it has been prioritised in negotiations at COP27, governments must cooperate to ensure the funding starts to flow.

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In our special series of guest blogs, learn more about climate challenges and solutions from women leading on the frontlines of the climate crisis in Africa. Pictured are Lamisi Awiniand Patience Agyekum who wrote a joint guest blog on the intergenerational injustice of the climate crisis.

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“As leaders gather in Sharm El Sheikh, they must remember what is at stake. They must commit to real-world action on the climate crisis.” – Juan Manuel Santos