In 2022, one of the primary sources of worry remains the climate crisis. As populations, economies, and standards of living grow, so does the cumulative level of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the emissions of greenhouse gas have risen to record labels not seen in three million years.
The last scientific report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IRCC) conducted in 2021 finds changes in Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system. Many changes are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years. Some, such as continued sea level rise, are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years. Fortunately, the report also shows that human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate, pointing to string and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses to limit climate change
As extreme climate events rise around the world, 2022 sees another round of wildfires, super-storms, extreme rain, heatwaves, drought and flooding. The UN is expecting countries to set out more ambitious emissions goals.
A study conducted by the UK-based non profit Christian Aid in December of last year showed that at least 10 climate disasters last year resulted in damages worth $1.5billion dollars. This provides a snapshot of the kind of extreme weather events that are becoming annual dangers. Citizens of highly vulnerable countries such as India are already facing the devastating effects of climate change.
As the world picks up speed in its race against climate change and moves forward from the 2021 Glasgow Climate Change Conference, ten key global events taking place in 2022 will shape critical conversations and influence public policy decisions around this defining issue of our times.
- 5th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries(LDC5)
- Date: TBD
- Location: Doha, Qatar
- Includes a high-level thematic roundtable on climate change to discuss the unique and urgent issues the LDCs face and the necessary support they need
- IPCC Assessment Report
- Date: February → September
- Location: Global
- The report will encompass work from world’s leading scientists on the physical understanding of the climate system and climate change; the impacts of climate change; and the progress on mitigation and efforts to limit emissions
- Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022
- Date: February 28 → March 3rd
- Location: Dubai, UAE
- The climate week will focus on regional climate action and collaborations needed to build climate-resilient economics and societies, and integrate climate action into pandemic recovery
- UN Biodiversity Conference(Part Two)
- Date: April 25 → May 8
- Location: Kunming, China
- The second part of the biodiversity conference will mark a major moment for global biodiversity with the adoption of the framework that will redefine our relationship with the natural environment
- XV World Forestry Congress 2022
- Date: May 6 → 8
- Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
- The World Forestry Congress will focus on six sub-themes, including reversing forest loss, sustainable use of nature-based solutions and forest resources, and forest monitoring and data collection.
- 15th UN Conference on Desertification
- Date: May 9 → 21
- Location: Côte d'Ivoire
- The upcoming Conference on Desertification will be an urgent call to scale up land restoration as well as nature-based solutions for climate action
- Date: June 2 → 3
- Location: Sweden
- The UN Environment Programme(UNEP), the host of Stockholm+50, aims to recommit and strengthen our ability to overcome the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste
- World Urban Forum 11
- Date: June 26 → 30
- Location: Katowice, Poland
- The forthcoming World Urban Forum will be an opportunity to look at the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities as well as how they can be better prepared to handle present and future shocks.
- UN Ocean Conference
- Date: June 27 → July 1st
- Location: Lisbon, Portugal
- The UN Ocean Conference will be a call for ocean action - urging global leaders and all relevant sectors to boost ambition, mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven and innovative approaches to reverse the decline in ocean health.
- UN Climate Change Conference
- Date: November 7 → 18
- Location: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
- The UN Climate Change Conference is expected to advance the global climate talks, mobilize actions, and provide a significant opportunity to look at the impacts of climate change in Africa.