Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan is leading the Irish delegation for the second week of the COP27 Climate Conference at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

A lot of work, much of it tedious and technical, has been going on behind the scenes at COP27 over the past week as officials and negotiators from the 194 countries, sometimes with opposing interests, inch forward on the key issues.

There is also the pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Only 29 out of the 194 participating countries had delivered increased pledges to cut emissions, as required, before the start of the summit last week.

There is even bigger pressure for new money for loss and damage that climate change has caused in the poorest countries.

The Government has committed to more than double Ireland's international climate finance contribution to €225 million by 2025. €18m of that will be announced by Mr Ryan at the summit today.

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"Loss and damage is a priority for Ireland at COP27. We are committed to supporting the most vulnerable who continue to be the most exposed to climate change," he said.

"Urgent action is required to protect our planet and our people, from further climate-induced devastation.

"This means staying true to the science, delivering immediate and rapid reductions in emissions through an accelerated clean energy transition, breaking our dependence on fossil fuels as well as scaling up of climate finance, including for loss and damage in ways that meet the needs of the furthest behind first," Mr Ryan said.

"Ireland is committed to deliver a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. The next Climate Action Plan, which will be published in the coming weeks, will set out how we will achieve reductions across key sectors to ensure that we deliver on our commitments under the Paris Agreement", he added.

Mr Ryan's engagements at COP27 this week include participating at membership meetings of high-level coalitions, including the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, the High Ambition Coalition, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

He will also attend a number of bilateral meetings, and actively participate in negotiation meetings throughout the final days of the summit.