RRI at CoP27: Upholding Rights-Based Climate Solutions

November 8–17, 2022 | In-person and Online

This is a calendar of events that RRI is engaging in at the UNFCC CoP27, being held in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt on November 8-17, 2022. For event details, please contact our team.


Wednesday, November 9

Forest Declaration Assessment: Tracking progress to meet forest objectives

16:45-18:15 EET | Akhenaten Room – Blue Zone

At this in-person event, RRI Coordinator, Dr. Solange Bandiaky-Badji will serve as a panelist to discuss why tenure rights in the Congo Basin must be embedded in a broader suite of legal, regulatory and policy reforms to be effective in achieving sustainable and equitable development outcomes. 

Thursday, November 10: Finance Day

Next Generation of Climate Leaders Breakfast Roundtable

8:00-10:00 EET | Hilton Sharks Bay, Cleopatra Room

At this in-person event, RRI Coordinator, Dr. Solange Bandiaky-Badji, will participate in a roundtable discussion featuring 30-50 senior and youth leaders to discuss the skills and knowledge that the next generation of leaders must have to deliver true impact. 

Thursday, November 10

Investing in a Resilient Future: The Role of Territorial Women and Youth

10:00-11:00 EET | SDG Pavilion, Area B (Room 29)

Director of RRI’s Latin America Program and Gender Justice Program, Omaira Bolaños, will moderate a panel discussion designed to highlight the key role of Indigenous and local community women and youth in mitigating and adapting to climate change and biodiversity loss. 

    Thursday, November 10

    Territorial Financing: Empowering Communities for Climate Action 

    15:00-16:30 EET | Side Event Room Thebes, Location 7 – Blue Zone

    Co-organized by RRI in collaboration with AMPB and Blue Ventures and moderated by Dr. Solange Bandiaky-Badji. At this event, civil society leaders from Asia, Latin America and Africa will present currently operational regional mechanisms for financing climate action by Indigenous, Afro-descendant and local Peoples. Livestream: Territorial financing. Empowering communities for climate action. 

    Friday, November 11: Decolonization Day

    The Gender Justice Call to Action

    9:00-10:30 EET | Pavilion LLA – Blue Zone

    Organized by RRI, this event will bring together women leaders from organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America to call upon governments, donors and partners to recognize and support the invaluable roles and contributions of Indigenous, Afro-descendant and local community women in achieving global climate goals. The event will also mark the launch of a new advocacy network, the Women in Global South Alliance for Tenure and Climate. This event is in-person only.


    Friday, November 11

    Launch of the Land Rights Standard

    13:00-13:30 EET | GLF Climate (offsite)

    Organized by RRI in collaboration with Global Landscapes Forum. See this page for joining virtually. In a 30-minute launch, learn about the importance and potential impact of the Land Rights Standard, new principles for recognizing and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and Afro-Descendant Peoples in land restoration, management, conservation, climate action, and development projects. Note: The GLF Climate is being held offsite at The Savoy Hotel, Sharm-El-Sheikh.

    Tuesday, November 15: Energy Day

    The Invisible Environmental Defenders: Afro-descendant Communities in the Americas

    9:30-10:30 EET | Colombia Pavilion – Blue Zone

    Organized by the Afro-InterAmerican Forum on Climate Change, RRI will participate in this discussion to highlight the global contributions of Afro-descendant territories in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The event will connect these contributions with UNFCCC negotiations and other international agreements. Participants will also hear from the founders of the AIFCC about the potential of a new climate change agreement that acknowledges the role of Afro-descendant Peoples. 

    Read RRI’s new brief on Mapping the Presence, Lands, and Territories of Afro-descendant Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

    Tuesday, November 15

    Contributions of local communities and Indigenous Peoples in the flight against climate change: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives

    14:00-15:00 EET | DRC Pavilion and Online

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the largest country in Central Africa. It is home to the largest share of tropical forests on the African continent, with more than 155 million hectares of forests, rich in highly endemic biodiversity. This side-event organized by GTCRR will include a diverse panel that will present the experiences of local communities and Indigenous Peoples in the DRC—including youth and women—in the fight against climate change. Watch the panel discussion live. 

    Thursday, November 17: Solutions Day

    Panel Discussion — How Protecting Nature Can Combat Climate: Exploring the links between COP27 and COP15 and the final push for 30×30

    13:00 – 14:00 | Nature Pavilion, Area C, Building 5, stand 128 | Online

    In this panel discussion, RRI’s Coordinator, Dr. Solange Bandiaky-Badji will join Campaign for Nature Director Brian O’Donnell and the Minister of Green Economy and Environment for Zambia, National Geographic Explorers, and leading advocates for Indigenous youth and local community voices from Africa and Asia. The panel aims to ignite ambition and momentum around the goal of protecting at least 30% of the planet by 2030 in advance of COP15. This event will livestreamed at Campaign for Nature’s Youtube Channel.