What Are the COP27 Climate Summit’s International Leaders Saying?



The COP27, also known as the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to November 18, 2022. COP27, or Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, is the more popular abbreviation. There are attendees from 190 nations and more than 90 heads of state.

The meeting has been held each year since 1992, when Countries reached the first UN climate agreement. It assists nations in reaching a consensus on measures to curb global temperature increases and prepare for the consequences of climate change.

Discourses of Leaders

At the COP27 UN Climate Summit in Egypt, world leaders, decision-makers, and officials from almost 200 countries are striving to preserve the goal of halting the worst effects of climate change.

The following are some of the most recent remarks made by those who were present:

The United Nations Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, stated that Greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb; the temperature of the Earth is rising. And the planet is approaching a climate tipping point that will make it difficult to reverse the catastrophe. He also said that with the gas pedal down, they’re on their way to climate Armageddon.

The Director of the IMF

Kristalina Georgieva, the Director of the IMF, has stated that they can’t give businesses and consumers a cause to change until they put the carbon price on a clear path that leads to at least $75 per tonne of carbon by 2030.”

President of the UAE

President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates said during his speech that the UAE is a responsible energy supplier and will stay for as long as there is a need for oil and gas on a global scale.

Kenya’s President

On the other hand, during his address, Kenya’s president, William Ruto, stated that the protracted deliberations at COPs involving stalling, delay methods, and pushing things off have made it difficult to get anything done; This is unjust and cruel. They must abandon the never-ending process-focused debates and stop wasting time avoiding the underlying issues. He added, saying: “When a tragedy is on the horizon, and the warning signs are already too terrible to bear, taking ineffective action is not a good idea. You are not immune to damage.”

The President of Senegal and The African Union’s Secretary-General

Macky Sall, the President of Senegal and the African Union’s Secretary-General, has contributed his point of view that even though Africa is responsible for less than 4% of greenhouse gases, it supports low-cost carbon development that is resistant to climate change to reach carbon neutrality in a reasonable amount of time. They want a green transition that is fair and equal, not decisions that hurt their development, like not giving everyone access to electricity, which 600 million people in Africa still need to have.

Prime Minister of Barbados

Barbados is led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who questioned how businesses can have made $200 billion in profits over the last three months without planning to invest at least 10% of those revenues in a loss and damage fund. For this, their people wish.

Former US President

Former US President Al Gore expressed that they all struggle with their credibility because they talk and try to perform but fall short.

He added that they must view the so-called ‘rush for gas’ for what it is: a mad run down a bridge to nowhere, leaving governments worldwide with a chaotic environment and billions of stranded assets, mainly in Africa. He also said they must abandon the period in which fossil fuels governed the world.

France’s President

Meanwhile, France’s president Emmanuel Macron said that the climate problem could not undo the disaster that Russia began in Ukraine, even though the world has changed. Other countries must uphold all agreements due to the Russian energy threat because they won’t abandon our environmental efforts.

President of Central African Republic

The Central African Republic President, Faustin Archange Touadera, has openly emphasised that most of the responsibility for placing people at risk lies with wealthier countries, which pollute the most.