The COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh started with a first victory for the developing countries: Dealing with loss and damage resulting from climate change in the global South will become a so-called “Agenda Item” and is thus officially on the agenda of the climate conference. The issue of loss and damage has so far divided rich and poor countries. According to Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the breakthrough was reached after 48 hours of tough negotiations. A final decision on loss and damage will be sought “no later than 2024,” said Shoukry, who was elected COP president on Sunday.
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