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Marin and Ohisalo represent Finland at the COP27 climate summit | New

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is due to hold a series of one-on-one talks on the sidelines of the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, dubbed the “African COP”.

PM Sanna Marin (left) and Climate Minister Maria Ohisalo (right) with Finance Minister Annika Saarikko, whose center party is not sending a minister to the summit. Image: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is traveling to Egypt for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), where she will deliver Finland’s speech at the Heads of State and Government meeting on Monday.

According to the government, Marin will also hold bilateral meetings and attend high-level events on topics such as just transition, climate and forests, and early warning systems “as far as his program allows”. .

On Sunday, world leaders began arriving in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for negotiations which are due to last nearly two weeks until November 18 – although previous conference of the parties summits (COP) regularly worked overtime.

With just five months until the general elections, Marin’s centre-left cabinet is running out of time to implement more actions towards its goal of making Finland carbon neutral by 2035.

In recent months, the government has calls met limit the exploitation of the country’s forests, whose capacity to absorb carbon has been considered the cornerstone of climate policy. In May, Statistics Finland said the land use sector – including forestry and agriculture – was no longer a carbon sink and had instead become a net emitter of greenhouse gases.

Ohisalo: the hardest hit poor countries

During the ministerial week of the summit from 14 to 18 November, the Finnish delegation will be led by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Maria Ohisalo (Green).

“We have again witnessed a year of record high temperatures in many parts of the world and emissions steadily rising. More ambitious action is needed quickly to reduce global emissions and limit global warming at 1.5 degrees the biggest economies need to do more,” Ohisalo said in a government press release.

“The impacts of climate change are already evident around the world. Floods in Pakistan, food crisis in Africa and record drought in Europe – none of the world’s economies are immune, but it is clear that poor countries will be hardest hit,” she added.

“African COP”

Delegates at the summit in Egypt agreed to discuss whether rich countries should compensate poor countries most vulnerable to climate change for their suffering.

“This creates for the first time an institutionally stable space on the formal agenda of the COP and the Paris Agreement to discuss the pressing issue of the financing arrangements needed to address the existing gaps, responding to the losses and damage,” said the COP27 President. Sameh Choukri said Sunday at the opening plenary.

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Climate expert Emilia Runeberg of Fingo, an umbrella organization of Finnish civil society organizations. Image: Petteri Sopanen / Yle

With the conference being held on the African continent for the first time since 2016, Finnish NGOs expect decisions on issues important to African countries, such as adapting to climate change and sharing its economic burden. , be taken during the negotiations.

“The effects of climate change are so drastic. African countries are already spending up to 5-15% of their gross domestic product to meet this,” noted a climate expert. Emilie Runeberg of Fingo, an umbrella organization of around 280 Finnish civil society organisations.

“The uneven development of climate change has been rapid,” she told Yle.

Sarkkinen to address equality and inclusion

Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkinen (Left) will also participate in the meeting, addressing events that address just transition, disability inclusion and the role of women.

“To achieve carbon neutrality, everyone must have the opportunity to participate in the work,” Sarkkinen said. “At this conference, I will discuss ways to pursue inclusive climate policy with people working on equality issues and organizations for people with disabilities. The role of social policy is to enable everyone to stay involved.”