Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Voices at COP27

Aerial view of Maldives

Adaptation limits are being exceeded for many Small Island Developing States now, explains Thibyan Ibrahim, Policy Advisor for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). That is why getting support for adaptation and for loss and damage is so urgent and critical, he says. The first week of COP27 failed to deliver as much progress as AOSIS members hoped, and so the pressure is on for real gains in the second week of negotiations.

Angelique Pouponneau, Policy Advisor says that AOSIS is looking for a framework to guide the deliberations of the Glasgow Sharm El-Sheikh Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation next year that has more ‘purpose’ and ‘intent’ than at present. She also outlines Small Island Developing States’ needs for finance, technology transfer and capacity-building.

Angelique Pouponneau

Meanwhile, as COP27 delegates negotiate funding for vulnerable countries to rebuild their societies resiliently following climate-related loss and damage, AOSIS encounters unhelpful resistance. Policy Advisor Michai Robertson explains, in this short clip:

These interviews were recorded in Sharm El-Sheikh on 11-12 November, at the end of the first week of negotiations.

Filming and editing by Pat Hinton, CASA. Top image: Aerial view of Maldives (c) Presidency of Maldives.

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