AOSIS statement on COP27Alliance of Small States, AOSIS Chair statement. [AOSIS website]

Reactions have been coming in since the end of COP27 on 20 November. From the Commonwealth and beyond, nations and organisations have been assessing what COP27 means for their future and starting to assess climate action beyond the summit agreement.

We’ve rounded up some of the main comments.

Commonwealth Secretary-General welcomes historic outcome on loss and damage at COP27 – Commonwealth Secretariat

“A step towards justice” – UN Secretary-General

Chatham House: Loss and Damage fund is a historic moment:

Anna Aberg, Chatham House Research Associate, Environment and Society Programme: COP27 will go down in history as the UN climate change conference where the Loss and Damage fund was agreed. After decades of pushing, this is a momentous victory for climate-vulnerable developing countries.

Prof Tim Benton, Chatham House Research Director, Emerging Risks; Director, Environment and Society Programme: Overall COP27 was a hectic, sometimes chaotic, event. The COP advanced some matters but on others failed to drive ambition towards the sort of climate action required to keep alive the possibility of restricting climate change within the envelope of the Paris agreement.

Loss and Damage progressed but, especially in week two, the risk was of going backwards in this COP relative to COP26 in Glasgow. The final cover declaration managed to avoid the worst, but also avoided the best.


UN climate deal: Calamity cash, but no new emissions cuts – AP
The proposed path to Loss and Damage and green transitions
Weekday news updates on the Round Table Twitter feed


The Pacific

Pacific leaders celebrate Cop27 victory on loss and damage fund after decades of advocacy – The Guardian

Dr Wes Morgan from the Climate Council in Australia tells ABC’s The World that it’s a big step forward for the Pacific region.

The Caribbean

Alliance of Small States, AOSIS: AOSIS Chair COP27 Statement: “A mission 30 years in the making, accomplished”

Today, the international community has restored global faith in this critical process that is dedicated to ensuring no one is left behind. The agreements made at COP27 are a win for our entire world. 

CARICOM stakeholders welcome loss and damage win at climate summit – PANOS Caribbean


COP27 key outcomes: progress on compensation for developing countries, but more needed on climate justice and equity – The Conversation Africa

Did “Africa’s COP” meet expectations? – The Economist


What’s next?

The Conversation, EDU: Climate change is driving a worldwide increase in extreme events. The latest State of the Climate report confirms the risks of disasters are rising in Australia.

Al Jazeera: COP27: Africa took climate action into own hands, Asia must too. By launching a $14bn climate risk facility, Africa showed it is running out of patience for the West’s failed promises.

The Guardian – US receives stinging criticism at Cop27 despite China’s growing emissions

Jamaica and CARICOM must consistently hammer the point to rich countries that it is their moral and legal obligation to pay – Jamaica Gleaner editorial

New Zealand joins pledges to the Loss and Damage Fund – Commonwealth Foundation

Related articles:

Loss and Damage Fund Saves COP27 from the Abyss – Inter Press Service (IPS)

COP27 – What went wrong and what happens next – The Conversation

COP27 leaves world on dangerous warming path despite historic climate fund – Washington Post

Climate Justice through International Law: A High-Level Dialogue – A Commonwealth Foundation COP27 event: