World dignitaries gathered at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 27) Climate Change Summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh have agreed to extend their sessions for the weekend after no conclusive agreement was reached before Friday's closing day activities.
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, who rarely travels abroad except to friendly countries, Sunday landed at the Egyptian port city of Sharm el-Sheikh to participate in the COP27 Climate Summit.
Dignitaries at the Egyptian port of Sharm El-Sheikh Sunday concurred on the opening day of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP27) Climate Summit on the need to discuss compensation by the world's wealthier nations for damages stemming from practices that were detrimental to the environment and have thus prompted the current climate change crisis.
Mathias Cormann, from Australia has taken over as the new secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), starting a five-year stint that promises to be a challenging one. He replaces Angel Gurria from Mexico.
A group of 16 young activists led by Greta Thunberg, denounced Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey to the UN for not protecting children from the impact of climate change in one of Monday's highlights at the historic climate summit in New York convened by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK's Met Office. Figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900.
By Lord Hunt & Terry Townshend - We have learnt to expect surprises at UN climate change summits. At Durban, a year ago, there was the unexpected, but welcome, agreement to begin negotiations on a new legally binding instrument involving all major emitters of greenhouse gases, to be finalised by 2015, and to take effect in 2020.
* By Lord Julian Hunt. The main aim of the UN climate summit at Durban, which concluded unsuccessfully on Friday/Saturday morning, was to produce an agreement about targets for emissions by developed countries, and longer term commitments from developing countries.
Climate negotiators agreed a pact that would for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the action plan was not aggressive enough to slow the pace of global warming.
The main aim of the UN climate summit at Durban, which began on November 28 and finishes on December 9, is to produce an agreement about targets for emissions by developed countries, and longer term targets from developing countries.