Countries have adopted a hard-fought final agreement at the COP27 climate summit that sets up a fund to help poor countries being battered by climate disasters – but does not boost efforts to tackle the emissions causing them.
Here’s what people are saying about the deal:
EU CLIMATE POLICY CHIEF FRANS TIMMERMANS
“This is the make-or-break decade but what we have in front of us is not enough of a step forward for people and planet.
“I urge you to acknowledge when you walk out of this room, that we have all fallen short in actions to avoid and minimise loss and damage. We should have done much more. Our citizens expect us to lead.
“Too many parties are not ready to make more progress today in the fight against climate crisis.”
AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR FOR CLIMATE CHANGE KRISTIN TILLEY
“We’ve made historic progress at COP27 to establish new funding arrangements including a fund, and to explore a broad range of ways to provide support to developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
“However we must strive further in light of the stark findings of the latest science.”
PAKISTAN CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER SHERRY REHMAN
“We have struggled for 30 years on this path and today in Sharm el-Sheikh this journey has achieved its first positive milestone … It is a downpayment and investment in climate justice.”
WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE CEO AND PRESIDENT ANI DASGUPTA
“It is mind-boggling that countries did not muster the courage to call for phasing down fossil fuels, which are the biggest driver of climate change.”
COP26 PRESIDENT ALOK SHARMA
“I said in Glasgow that the pulse of 1.5 degrees was weak. Unfortunately, it remains on life support and all of us need to look ourselves in the mirror and consider we have fully risen to that challenge of the past two weeks.”
MALDIVES CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER AMINATH SHAUNA
“I recognise the progress we made in COP27 particularly on … the funding arrangements for loss and damage. … (securing those arrangements) is a historic moment for the people and for the planet.
“We have failed on mitigation … We absolutely need to keep 1.5 alive. We have to ensure that increase ambition to peak emissions by 2025. We have to phase out fossil fuel.”
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES
“A fund for loss and damage is essential – but it’s not an answer if the climate crisis washes a small island state off the map- or turns an entire African country to desert. The world still needs a giant leap on climate ambition.” Read more – PerthNow