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From Red to North Sea: COP27 debriefing for professionals in The Hague

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By Elena Ratnikova

In November, the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

COP27 brought together 112 heads of state, over 46.000 delegates including ministers, scientists, policy-makers, activists and youth. This is the largest annual gathering on climate action. It takes place at a time when climate change is already impacting communities around the globe, and climate action is more urgent than ever.

“I deeply believe that COP27 is an opportunity to showcase unity against an existential threat that we can only overcome through concerted action and effective implementation.”

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

On Monday, 28 November the debriefing and dialogue were intended to help professionals in The Hague understand the outcomes of COP27 and reflect on the next steps for real action on climate change. The debriefing was organized by The Hague Humanity Hub and KlimaatPositief, with program contributions by guest speakers.

The event in the Hague united professionals who share the same goal: to take decisive action on climate change. The Hague Humanity Hub offered a place to hear updates from COP27, exchange perspectives on the way forward, and connect with professionals from across sectors.

From Red to North Sea: COP27 debriefing for professionals in The Hague

Jill Wilkinson, Managing Director of The Hague Humanity Hub opened the event.

Paulien Boone – founder of KlimaatPositief and member of Humanity Hub was moderating the panel discussion.

Guest speakers who shared their experience and knowledge:

  • Bastiaan Hassing, Head of Delegation of The Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UNFCCC;
  • Stientje van Veldhoven, Vice-President & Regional Director for Europe, WRI;
  • Marlene Achoki, Global Policy Co-Lead, Climate Justice, at CARE Climate Justice Center (joined online from Nairobi);
  • Laura de Vries, board member, Youth Climate Movement (Jonge Klimaatbeweging).

The session has an interactive part: participants were invited to share their reflections on COP27, and their experiences working on climate action in a round-table format. The discussion included ideas on how to boost climate action.

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