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

By Julie Espinosa, Michael Igoe 21 November 2016

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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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About the authors

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Julie Espinosa

Julie Espinosa is Devex's video producer, covering 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@AlterIgoe

Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.

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