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Good COP/Bad COP? Accelerating climate action from above and below

7 November 2022 17:00–18:30

IDS Convening Space and online

As the world gathers in Egypt to discuss responses to the climate emergency (at the annual Climate Conference of Parties, COP 27), we ask, where is climate action occurring?

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We will explore ‘signs of hope’ in the climate talks – i.e., where we are seeing evidence of progress – alongside action by cities, business, civil society and communities to bring about the rapid and just transitions so urgently required. Are we on track to achieving SDG 13 for Climate Action? How can action from above and below complement each other to drive transformative climate action?


  • Helen Adams, Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Kings College London, UK
  • Kayla Ente, CEO of Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo), UK
  • Peter Newell, Professor of International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK
  • Chukwumerije (Chuks) Okereke, Professor of Global Climate and Environmental Governance and Director of Center for Climate and Development at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Nigeria


  • John Thompson, Deputy Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) and Senior Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK

Stay for the drinks reception after the event.

This event is hosted by SSRP and the Rapid Transition Alliance.

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