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For nearly three decades, the United Nations (UN) has brought together almost every country around the world for global climate summits known as the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP). These annual meetings congregate the 197 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
About COP 27
The COP 26 Presidency and the COP 27 Presidency were committed to ensuring a transparent and inclusive process in the lead-up to COP 27, which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-18, 2022. Throughout the year, the Presidencies engaged at ministerial, head of delegation and technical levels—as appropriate—on issues critical to the delivery of work in 2022 and the success of COP 27. Regular multilateral consultations at the level of heads of delegation provided an opportunity for Parties to engage informally on specific issues and make progress in preparation for Sharm el-Sheikh.
Canada as a nation participated in COP 27 to support successful and ambitious outcomes that align with the Paris Agreement, build adaptive capacity and deliver on climate finance commitments.
SFU at COP 27
SFU's COP 27 delegation marked the first time that the university sent a formal delegation to the conference. The puropse of this delegation was to share our work, connect with other global organizations, document the conference and how climate negotiations take place, share with the SFU community what we see and learn, connect SFU student climate leaders with the youth delegation, speak at sessions and showcase SFU's climate action leadership.
Our formal delegation includes:
- Dugan O’Neil, Vice-President, Research and International
- Candace Ratelle-Le Roy, Executive Director, SFU Sustainability
- Kayla Blok, Associate Director, SFU Sustainability
- Jude Crasta, Program Manager, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
- Elodie Jacquet, Knowledge and Practice Manager, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
- Skye Noh, BBA Sustainable Business, SFU 350 member
- Paige Hunter, Resource and Enviromental Management, SFU 350 member, Research Assistant, ACT - Action on Climate Team
Engage with us on social media
Connect with us over social media and check out highlights from our formal delegation during COP 27.
Cities and climate multilevel action lunch
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
COP 27 marks a moment of heightened interest in climate resilience at the city and community level. At the same time, citizens in many countries report low trust in societal leaders and many climate action frameworks still fall short of the scale and ambition necessary to catalyze transformative change, incorporate under-heard voices and sustain democratic legitimacy. This event, hosted by SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the International Climate Engagement Network, provided an opportunity for cities and community groups to gather informally to network, identify emerging insights from COP 27 proceedings and discuss strategies for how we can collectively continue to advance climate and community resilience.
Being local, acting global multilevel climate action panel
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
This event featured a panel convened by the Centre. The workshop explored the frontlines of the global climate crisis from the diverse perspectives of various local governments around the world. The panel featured local government experts from Canada, France, South America and an Island nation to explore how the climate crisis has manifested in each region. This conversation highlighted the lessons learned, the innovations being developed, the limitations to progress, and the opportunities to build collaboration. Topics discussed included multilevel governance, funding mechanisms, infrastructure, policy shifts and economic transition, and land-use. We also discussed how citizen engagement within communities can support climate plan implementation and buy-in.
SFU-hosted events after COP 27
- The central SFU Sustainability team collaborated with UBC's Sustainability Hub and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) to host a free post-COP 27 event for students on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Students were invited to hear about the experiences and insights of youth delegates, as well as network with staff, faculty and community members that attended the COP 27 proceedings.
- SFU's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan
- SFU's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): www.sfu.ca/sdgs
- SFU joining the UN-led Race To Zero global campaign: SFU News story
- SFU exceeds greenhouse gas reduction targets: SFU News story
- SFU commits to full divestment from fossil fuels: SFU President statement
- SFU's ACT - Action on Climate Team: www.sfu.ca/act
- SFU350 is a student-led club at SFU that works to engage the SFU community in tackling climate change: www.sfu350.com