21.09.2022

Second Climate and Development Ministerial takes place to bring ministers and partners together to discuss priorities of climate vulnerable countries 

  • Hosted by the governments of the United Kingdom and Rwanda, the meeting saw constructive discussion from global ministers and international institutions on initiatives to tackle climate and development challenges ahead of COP27
  • COP26 President Alok Sharma and Rwandan Minister of Environment Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya co-chaired the Ministerial meeting on 20 September 2022
  • Outcomes from the discussion will be published in a chairs’ summary in the coming days

The second Climate & Development Ministerial (C&DM) saw decision makers convene to discuss priorities of climate vulnerable countries and chart a path to make tangible progress on them. 

Building on the successes of the first C&DM in 2021, COP president Alok Sharma and Minister for Rwanda Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya led a constructive discussion with more than 25 countries and institutions in attendance, the results of which will be published in full in a forthcoming chairs’ summary.

Held in the margins of the UN General Assembly at the Microsoft UN Affairs Office on 20 September 2022, the discussion centred on practical solutions for assisting climate vulnerable countries in four key areas – responding to climate impacts, access to finance, climate finance and fiscal space and debt sustainability.

The Ministerial followed a series of successful workshops held prior to the event, where officials from more than 35 countries and institutions set out transformational shifts and key actions for both the climate and development system.

These shifts and actions served as a basis for discussion at the second C&DM and included: focus on shifting to a global financial architecture that allows countries to invest in protecting and progressing climate and development goals and mainstreaming of climate and nature objectives across economic and financial policy. Calls were made to deliver a concrete pathway to demonstrate how action will be taken on these areas to make progress over the coming years.

COP President Alok Sharma said:

As with our first Climate and Development Ministerial last March, it was very good to see such a broad cross-section of climate, development, finance and other Ministers in one room and to have such a productive discussion.

We have made some progress ahead of this year’s COP27 and it is clear that we collectively hold the levers to make the changes required.

This Ministerial injected fresh momentum and we agreed on concrete ‘transformational shifts’ and actions which need to occur to drive real progress on tackling climate and development challenges.

Now we must accelerate commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact into urgent action if we are to protect those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Co-chair Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya said:

Since the first Climate and Development Ministerial, we have registered progress on all fronts.

However, we are just getting started and very real challenges remain. While levels of finance are rising, the impacts of the climate crisis are increasing faster. We need to reverse this trend and scale up the quantity and quality of the investments that will build resilience in a warmer world.

Today’s Ministerial showed us once again that when countries come together in the spirit of collaboration, we can achieve tangible outcomes that benefit both people and our planet.

Details of the discussion will be issued by the co-chairs in a chairs’ summary including key areas of consensus and any new commitments made.

Notes to Editors

  • The Climate & Development Ministerial process, launched in 2020, is a gathering of a representative group of countries charged with identifying areas for progress beyond the core UNFCCC system.
  • Since its inception, the Climate & Development Ministerial (C&DM) process has focused on identifying and driving practical action to tackle climate and development challenges. The focus has been on four key priorities for climate vulnerable countries: Responding to Climate Impacts, Climate Finance, Access to Finance, Fiscal Space & Debt Sustainability.
  • Following the Ministerial meeting in March 2021, and the stocktake during the 76th session of UNGA in September 2021, the UK and Rwanda, as co-hosts, reconvened to continue this vital discussion in the margins of the 77th UNGA on the 20 September 2022.