In 1995, Berlin hosted the first Conference of the Parties (COP1). As the authoritative body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the COP has met every year since then, for more than a quarter century.
Over 26 meetings, progress has both surged and stalled. Some COPs have resulted in watershed announcements while others have revealed deep divides among the now 197 member countries.
Amid the ebb and flow of progress, two constants remain: the threat of climate change, and the potential for shifting climate regulation to impact your organization.
Please click through the conference map below and take note of key outcomes of each of the previous 26 conferences – from broad emissions targets in Berlin (1995) to specific commitments on coal, climate finance and temperature targets in Glasgow (2021).
As this year’s pivotal COP27 convenes in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, EGA will also be monitoring key issues and outcomes. Already we expect it to be a critical session for long-term climate mitigation and adaptation amidst rising global geopolitical tensions. We know the on-going food security crisis will shape the climate conversation, and we expect more pressure for private sector involvement, which begs the question: How will shifting climate regulation affect your organization?