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Dear colleagues, 
Following the opening of the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), we are pleased to share some updates from our community on related events and publications, as well as on other ongoing processes. 

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At COP 27, countries come together to take action towards achieving the world's collective climate goals as agreed under the Paris Agreement in 2015. Building on the outcomes and momentum of COP26 in Glasgow last year, nations are expected to demonstrate at COP27 that they are in a new era of implementation by turning their climate commitments into action.  

While COP27 takes place in a challenging global context marked by several simultaneous crises, including the risk of passing multiple climate tipping points, ‘COP27 creates a unique opportunity for the world to come together, mend multilateralism, rebuild trust and unite at the highest political levels to address climate change’ as highlighted in the letter from the COP27 President to Parties and Observers.


The Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit 

COP27 takes place from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It includes the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit on 7-8 November featuring six high-level roundtable discussions, which will focus on enhancing implementation across six priority issues including food security, water security and energy.  

A High-level Segment for Heads of State and Governments is also part of the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit on 7-8 November and will then resume on 15 to 16 November. 

Check out an overview of the COP27 schedule.  

Science community at COP27

Read the ISC series on COP27 which brings perspectives from ISC Fellows and other members of the ISC network: 


10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 

The 10 New Insights in Climate Science series is a joint initiative of Future Earth, the Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme. The 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 report was prepared by a consortium of leading researchers from around the world. The annual series synthesizes the latest climate change related research for the international science-policy community. The report will be launched at COP27 on 10 November at 7:00 UTC. 

Check for updates. 

Launch of the 2022 Global Carbon Budget  

The Global Carbon Budget (GCB) is produced by the Global Carbon Project (GCP), which was created with the aim to bring together a global consortium of scientists to establish a common and mutually agreed understanding of the Earth carbon cycle. The GCB is the work of over 100 scientists around the world and tracks the trends in global carbon emissions and sinks, which is a key measure of progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

The 2022 GCB will be launched at COP27 on 11 November at 7:00 UTC. Find out more



In addition, we are happy to share with you a compilation of events organized by the ISC membership and its broader networks: 

9 November  

📌 Transformative Pathways for Climate Action through Open and Citizen Science and Youth Empowerment organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and United Nations University (UNU). 

10 November 

📌 The global engineering view: Delivering an equitable, sustainable and low carbon resilient world by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Committee on Engineering and the Environment (CEE) in partnership with others. 

📌 Localized Financing for Climate Change Adaptation – Reducing Loss & Damage and Inequity Cycles organized by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and UNDRR in partnership with others.  

📌 Localized Solutions to Reduce Climate Induced Loss & Damage for the Most Vulnerable hosted by the UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (UNDRR-SEM), the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and others. 

📌 Operationalizing finance for loss and damage: examples from Africa and the Caribbean hosted by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).   

📌 High services with low energy and resource demand for low-carbon pathways and the SDGs organized by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and others. 

📌 Utilising expertise of the youth to bridge the science-policy divide and improve access to finance by the International Water Association (IWA), WFEO Young Engineers and others. 

11 November  

📌 Climate Change and Sustainable Development in the Post-COVID-19 Era organized by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and others.

📌 Financing carbon neutrality in developed and developing countries: carbon pricing and beyond hosted by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and others.

16 November  

📌 How Can Asia Achieve a Net Zero Future? Building Coalitions for Transformative Change organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in partnership with others. 

17 November  

📌 Presentation of BRIDGES Coalition organized by UNESCO 


  • For more information about these events and links to join, check the dedicated ISC webpage.
  • All COP27 side events can be watched on the UNFCCC YouTube channel


What else to do at COP27 

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Other updates and opportunities for engagement 

Themes set for the UN 2023 Water Conference 

The UN 2023 Water Conference will be held in New York City, United States, from 22 to 24 March 2023. UN Member States have finalized the themes for the interactive dialogues that will take place during the UN 2023 Water Conference in March 2023, which will be around: Water for Health: Water for Sustainable Development; Water for Climate, Resilience, and Environment; Water for Cooperation; and Water Action Decade. 

Read more about the ISC's involvement in the preparatory meetings on 24 and 25 October 2022. 


Open Call for Nominations to "Partnership Accelerators" in the Pacific 

UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG), through its 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator programme, is supporting governments and other stakeholders in building partnerships across sectors to advance the SAMOA Pathway and the SDGs in Small Island Developing States. Interested stakeholders based in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS) regions are invited to apply for direct partnership training support with the aim to foster stronger collaboration between stakeholders and sectors, and enhance their capacities in forging new multi-stakeholder partnerships and partnership platforms.  

Applications should be registered through this form (deadline 23 Nov 2022). Only selected individuals will be contacted by the Secretariat. 


Survey for the Science-policy panel on chemicals, waste and prevention of pollution 

United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) decided at its meeting in February 2022 that a science-policy panel should be established to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution. An Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) to prepare proposals for the science-policy panel will also be convened in early 2023.  

Fill in the following survey to send your feedback on some initial topics to facilitate preparations for the second part of OEWG-1 in early 2023.  


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