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October 24
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm


Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule

COP 27 – can the UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh bring about change?

Interest Group: Sustainability Leadership

Hosted by:
John Bahoric
Dianne Jacobs

October 24 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm


The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC will take place in the Red Sea resort, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt during 7-18 November 2022.

The Conference of the Parties, or COP, is an annual conference in which participating nations and territories come together to review the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the agreement to keep global temperatures in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Many are hopeful that COP 27 being held in Africa, a continent experiencing some of the harshest impacts of climate change, will create a stronger push to not only reduce the damage, but to focus on getting climate funding to more developing countries – for decarbonisation and to deal with the consequences of a warmer planet.

Bernice Lee (Research Director, Futures) of Chatham House, makes the point: “We must focus on the fact that this is a global event taking place not only in Egypt but in Africa, and we must see it as a golden opportunity to engage different African stakeholders on climate, as many of the promises made in Glasgow will be played out in developing country regions like Africa.”

Ahead of this Interest Group discussion it may be worth thinking about:

> Do emission cuts need to be larger and faster?

> How quickly should fossil fuel funding be phased out?

> How can transition plans be just?

> How do we adapt and respond to climate change impacts?

> Who pays or funds the loss and damage to ecosystems, infrastructure and cultural heritage?

> What progress can be made to mitigate the ‘triple threat’ of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution?

Can COP 27 bring about change?

What legacy will it leave for COP 28 hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2023?

Come with an open mind and definitely be prepared for a stimulating and challenging discussion as part of Melbourne Forum’s Sustainability Leadership interest group.


This Melbourne Forum Sustainability Leadership Interest Group will bring together those interested in sharing perspectives and exploring key issues with fellow members about sustainability and ESG (environmental, social, and governance). The intimacy of the experience is enhanced when everyone who attends gets to comment and exchange ideas. The hosts are members whose role is to gently guide the group’s conversation.


Save the date and note the theme of the upcoming conversations in the series: November 7th: Economic growth and the right metrics – what is success?

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