Today and tomorrow, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans will attend the pre-COP27 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to discuss the climate crisis ahead of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh in November. This morning, the Executive Vice-President participated in the opening ceremony and met bilaterally with the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and with Minister for Sustainability and the Environment of Singapore, Grace Fu. He is also attending the ministerial roundtable discussion ‘Looking ahead to COP 27: Key Priorities and Challenges’ followed by a political consultation on loss and damage with the two co-facilitators – the Chilean Environment Minister, Maisa Rojas and German State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Jennifer Morgan. In the afternoon, Executive Vice-President Timmermans will join two thematic discussions on adapting to climate impacts and mitigation and the pre-COP27 plenary debate. In the margins, he will meet with COP27 President-designate Sameh Shoukry from Egypt, the Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, Barbara Creecy, and with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Simon Stiell. Tomorrow, Executive Vice-President Timmermans will participate in a ministerial meeting of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) followed by two thematic discussions on climate finance and loss and damage. In the afternoon, he will attend a high level meeting of climate vulnerable nations. He will conclude his visit with the pre-COP27 plenary debate and closing session.
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