At COP27, the Middle East Came Up Short on Climate Action—Again

The President of the UAE, a country in the Middle East, discussing climate change at COP27
United Arab Emirates President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan delivers his speech to the U.N. COP27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Nov. 7, 2022 (dpa photo by Gehad Hamdy via AP Images).

As the United Nations COP27 Climate Change Conference closed Sunday, Egypt, this year’s host, hailed the agreements brokered there as a success. But there continues to be a gap between the climate-change commitments most countries in the Middle East and North Africa have formally expressed and their actual behavior.

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