The Chinese newspaper “Global Times” said that the outputs of “Cop 27” contributed proactively and consistently to shaping and leading discussions on the most pressing issue related to climate change, which is to lift the historical injustice suffered by the poor and developing countries in the global south most affected by climate change. And the challenge of the countries of the Global North and industrially developed countries because of their responsibility behind the growing emissions of harmful greenhouse gases.
The report said: The recently concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference “Cop 27” left no doubt that the global south is living up to its fullest potential on the global stage, by shaping and leading discussions around the most pressing issue of climate change.
Developing countries pushed for equal partnerships
In the past decade and increasingly in this decade, the voices of the Global South on matters of global concern such as growth and development have become stronger, and developing countries have shown an unrelenting determination to exercise a unified voice that can no longer be ignored. Developing countries are no longer passive recipients of aid and support, but pressure In order to forge partnerships on equal terms, a partnership reminiscent of the cooperation of Africa and China that has seen the continent achieve exponential growth in infrastructure, connectivity and GDP for each other.
And the report of the Chinese newspaper continued, against this background and during the discussions and negotiations that spanned over two weeks, the global south took center stage with the global north playing a more flexible role, and environmental activists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, community leaders and governments from the south put developing countries under the spotlight, they challenged particularly in the Global North to undermine their promises of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
As the conference kicked off, it became clear that the Global North was losing ground significantly in terms of the power and influence it once had over developing countries. In Egypt, the Global South was not pushing to be included, but proactively and consistently setting the tone and pace for the discussions. Throughout the life of the conference, by taking a hard line against the Global North, which is made up largely of richer carbon-emitting nations, the message has been clear – it will not continue to be business as usual.
The report added: Hotspots of climate vulnerability are located in the regions of the Global South in Africa, South America and Asia, and not only are millions of people exposed to the risks of climate change disasters, including devastating effects on their gross domestic product, but developed countries are far behind in their annual commitment to climate financing. $100 billion, which began in 2020 and will end in 2025.
Against this background, the Global South was able to raise a unified voice, challenging the industrialized countries about their historical responsibility behind the growing emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and the consequent impact of these gases on the Global South.
What’s more, considering that while the 10 countries most affected by climate change are located in Africa, the African continent’s contribution to all carbon emissions is estimated at around 3 percent, and this gap between emissions and the effects of climate change on the one hand, and the fiscal responsibility Adaptation and mitigation efforts dominated the discussions.