November 2022

First Week of COP27 (6 – 12 November 2022)

QUNO’s team at the COP27 are the Representative for the Human Impacts of Climate Change (HICC), Lindsey Fielder Cook, and HICC programme assistant Alana Marie Carlson. Our priorities include urgent, fair, and transformative climate action, and financial support to Loss and Damage. Lindsey attended pre-COP meetings of the Katowice Committee of Experts, which addresses transitions for fossil fuel dependent economies.  Lindsey also joined virtually some 400 children in India to celebrate and encourage their efforts to define “Ecological Rights for Children.” Their "No Cop Out" event (see minute 57 for QUNO input) marked an opportunity for youth activists to engage directly with COP attendees.

On the eve of the COP, both Lindsey and Alana helped host an interfaith Talanoa Dialogue joined by over 90  faith voices to discuss transformative and fair climate action, presenting findings later that week to the UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary. The dialogue can be watched here. In addition to one-on-one discussions with country negotiators, Lindsey spoke on an expert panel to over 60 country negotiators and civil society at the Global Stocktake Technical Dialogue on international cooperation for holistic and integrated approaches to addressing the climate crisis. The recording is here and the written statement here. Lindsey also shared with the World Council of Churches about how spiritual grounding strengthens our work for climate justice.

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