Climate change, Trump and finance: A look back at COP22

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The winding streets of Marrakech’s walled medina are a little quieter this week. Most of the delegates, business leaders, activists and scientists who descended on Morocco’s “red city” to chart a course for climate action are on their way home.

An estimated 25,000 people attended the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate in Marrakech, Morocco. While COP22 lacked a big, culminating moment such as the negotiation of the Paris agreement lent to Paris last year, this installment of the world’s largest annual gathering to coordinate a global response to the climate change challenge was not without its drama.

The surprise election of Donald Trump — who has called climate change a hoax — to the American presidency left room for uncertainty about the future of international cooperation to limit warming and support adaptation.

Perennial questions of finance once again proved a sticking point, and while these talks managed to stay on course and arrive at an amicable conclusions, conversations about where the money will come from to support climate vulnerable countries are far from resolved.

Devex reported on both weeks of this COP, gauging the reaction to the U.S. election, catching up with global development leaders, zeroing in on questions of finance, and breaking down what it all means for development professionals.

Fiji will now take over the COP presidency from Morocco, though the island nation will host COP23 not at home, but in Bonn, Germany. Stay tuned to Devex as we continue to examine the intersection of development and climate change — one of the biggest stories on the planet.

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    Julie Espinosa

    Julie Espinosa is the Associate Director of Video at Devex. She leads a team of visual storytellers who work with reporters all over the globe to cover the topics of humanitarian aid, sustainable development and global health. Prior to joining Devex, Julie worked in documentary film production in Austin, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in communications and cultural studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in visual arts from Harvard University.
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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

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