Cop 27: Boris Johnson will attack 'corrosive cynicism' at ground zero at the top – live

Boris Johnson, Britain's last PM except for one, is now speaking with the New York Times on the topic of Cop27.

Johnson, of course, is a fairly controversial PM, but most agree that he is pro-environmental.

By the time the conference started, my colleague Damian Carrington had been working with Carbon Brief on an analysis of climate finance that revealed that the US, UK, Canada and Australia had lost billions of dollars of their “fair share” of climate finance for developing countries.

The assessment, by Carbon Brief, compares the share of international climate finance provided by rich countries with their share of carbon emissions to date, a measure of their responsibility for the climate crisis.

Carrington pointed out: “Climate finance issues will be critical to progress at the Cop27 summit, which begins on Sunday in Egypt. Developing countries do little to cause climate emergencies, making funding from rich countries essential to creating the confidence needed for joint global action. Rich countries accept vulnerable countries face "life or death situations" and need far more than $100 billion but remittances are controversial and slow.

The opening ceremony will take place at 12.15 EET (10.15 GMT) today, starting with a speech from Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the president of Egypt.

Beside him was António Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations, who spoke to the Guardian last week about this conference and climate change, saying: “At the current [emissions] level, we are doomed. We are approaching a tipping point, and a tipping point that will make [climate change] irreversible. Damage that does not allow us to recover. ”

Guterres became famous for his outspoken speeches on climate change. Last summer, he gave a simple warning at a gathering of world leaders.

“We have a choice – collective action or collective suicide. It's in our hands."

Simon Stiel, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will be with them.

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