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COP27 Gets Chaotic With Mysterious Draft Text, Elusive President

Delegates in Sharm El-Sheikh vent their frustration at the slow advance of UN-sponsored negotiations in Egypt.

Protests at COP27 climate talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on Nov. 17, 2022.

Protests at COP27 climate talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on Nov. 17, 2022.

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Diplomats from rich and poor countries, observers from nonprofits and activists meeting in Egypt for the UN-sponsored climate talks are finding themselves in the unusual position of agreeing on something: This is chaos. 

There is collective exasperation among attendees at the COP27 summit over the status of talks essential to advance humanity’s fight against climate change as the summit nears the end.

Delegates in the Egyptian town of Sharm El-Sheikh woke up on Thursday, just a day before the official close of the meeting, to a 20-page document gathering a wide variety of proposals for the “cover decision,” the political statement outlining the goals and commitments that all climate negotiating parties are supposed to agree upon.