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Cop27: Lula to speak on rainforests at climate conference – live

Key events

My colleague Fiona Harvey had a great chat with Labour’s Ed Miliband over the weekend.

Labour’s shadow climate and environment secretary outlined his plans for an international renewable energy coalition, gave his thoughts on King Charles being banned from Cop, and praised Cop26 president Alok Sharma but said that our government has let him down by being rubbish on climate and undermining him.

Read her full interview below – it is well worth a look.

Lula to speak at the conference

Patrick Greenfield

Patrick Greenfield

Good morning from Sharm el-Sheikh and welcome to our coverage of week two of Cop27. Here is what to look out for on water and gender day of the climate summit:

  • Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is speaking at Cop27 later today. In his first speech after he won the election last month, he pledged to fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon. Both the current regime and Lula’s incoming administration have been in contact with Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – the two other major rainforest nations – about forming an alliance.

  • Countries are holding an informal stock taking plenary this morning of Cop27 so far, with the UN climate boss Simon Stiell urging countries to use their remaining time in Egypt to “build the bridge needed” to make progress on 1.5C, adaptation, finance, and loss and damage.

As week 2 of #COP27 begins, let me remind negotiators that people & planet are relying on this process to deliver. Leaders asked for action.

Let’s use our remaining time in Egypt to build the bridges needed to make progress on 1.5, adaptation, finance and loss & damage.

— Simon Stiell (@simonstiell) November 14, 2022

  • If you want to go into the detail on the level of agreement so far, Carbon Brief’s senior policy editor Simon Evans has gone through the negotiation draft texts and highlighted the progress (or lack of it). Note that something being [in brackets] in UN negotiations means that it is still being negotiated.

  • Water and the effects of the climate crisis on water scarcity will come under scrutiny on Monday, reports the Guardian’s environment editor Fiona Harvey. She has written a fantastic curtain raiser on what to look out for this week.

  • World leaders are meeting at the G20 in Bali, Indonesia over the next two days, where the climate crisis will be discussed by major powers. Xi and Biden are scheduled to speak, with climate talks still suspended between the world’s largest economies after house speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, which China said violated its sovereignty.

    Thanks for following along.

Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s Cop27 liveblog. I’m Helena Horton, an environment reporter here at the Guardian, and will be running the blog until my colleague Bibi Van Der Zee takes over this afternoon.

We are over halfway through ( unless it over-runs!) and today is looking to be jam-packed, a big day for Brazil with a rumoured – though not yet confirmed – appearance from Lula. It’s also water day, and those of us who have lived through drought this year will know what a crucial issue that is.

Today there will be a large focus on gender, and we will be hearing from Indigenous women later on.

Stay tuned and please do send me any tips/thoughts to helena.horton@guardian.co.uk


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