After my previous column, bemoaning the absence of any mention in SA’s key positions for the COP27 climate negotiations of article 6 market-based solutions processes, our company thought it wise to send me to Egypt to engage in person with the SA delegation among others.

At the best of times these negotiations are a confusing whirlwind of activity in which one can easily get swept up in the cacophony of parallel events, pronouncements, protests, launches and side-meetings. At this COP the general confusion was heightened by shoddy communications by the organisers, the inaudibility of discussions thanks to industrial grade air-conditioning systems and general crankiness among delegates, who could find neither food nor drink for the first four days of the event...

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