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Hi, this is Kasmira and today we’re covering Egypt’s priorities for Cop27 – including addressing the contentious issue of loss and damage compensation for climate-hit nations – following a visit by its climate change champion to Geneva last week.

Plus, we hear why Cop31 should be held in Geneva, according to one of the city’s sustainable finance advocates, and take a look at what the international community here needs to do to take the lead in digital governance.

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Mahmoud Mohieldin, Egypt's climate champion, during an interview in Cairo, September 12, 2022. (Credit: Keystone/Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

‘Loss and damage is being ignored’. Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN climate change high-level champion for Egypt, has rebuked nations for taking a “reductionist approach” to climate change, telling international delegates in Geneva that key issues, such as how to compensate vulnerable nations for losses suffered due to climate catastrophes, had largely been missing from discussions until now. Speaking at an event held on 18 October at the permanent mission of Egypt ahead of Cop27, the economist said key priorities at this year’s climate summit will include putting the “loss and damage” issue front and centre of the agenda.

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