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Here are some of the highlights of the 2nd day of COP 22:

The second day of COP22 started with Japan ratifying the Paris agreement to cut emissions and prevent climate change. This comes four days after the global pact officially entered into force and now one of the biggest-emitting nations is bound to the treaty. Japan has pledged to cut GHG emissions by 26% below 2013 levels by 2030, which is seen as a weak target by most analysis.

The German Watch also presented its Global Climate Risk Index, a study that analyzes countries’ vulnerabilities to climate change. The study listed countries most affected by climate change related weather events in the year 2015 and the period of 1996-2015. According to the study, Africa is the continent that was hit hardest by extreme weather events in 2015. It also showed that from 1996-2015 there were more than 530,000 deaths caused by more than 11,000 weather events. Four out of the 10 most impacted countries globally are from Africa.

Another highlight of day 2 is that DEHSt (the German emission trading authority) has released three discussion papers on the future of carbon markets. This paper looks at what kind of accounting approaches the UN should consider to ensure there is no double-counting in the new global market system.

Today is also Earth Information Day which provides an important up-to-date picture of the state of the climate and an outlook on future developments and opportunities to take the most effective climate action. The event wass held in Plenary Casablanca with speakers and presentations from WMO, GCOS, UNECA and many others. It aimed to increase engagement and best information sharing between the science community party and non-party stakeholders at COP.

There was also a press conference by the president of COP22 Salah Mezouar where he said “Everybody supports the objective to make this COP a COP of action, our objective is clear: to move forward with as many decisions as possible during this COP.”

The Center for indigenous Cultures of Peru held a side event today where they talked about the role of indigenous people and Green Fund, S. Kimaren from Kenya said “Climate Green Fund is a new way to promote development and fight against the marginalization of indigenous people”.

Lina Yassin

About Lina Yassin

Lina Yassin is a chemical engineering student and Climate Tracker's MENA Programme Manager. Lina is passionate about engaging and raising the level of environmental awareness among the youth.