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Egypt's Sisi promotes African climate initiative at COP21

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi presented an African initiative, which calls on developed countries to invest in renewable energy in Africa and promises to do more to fight climate change

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Dec 2015
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi addresses world leaders at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.(Photo: AP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi presented an African initiative, which calls on developed countries to invest in renewable energy in Africa and promises to do more to fight climate change.

Addressing the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), El-Sisi asked for the international community's support for the African initiative to counter the effects of rising temperatures.

El-Sisi is representing African nations at the UN climate summit.

The Egyptian president stressed that the initiative details mechanisms that are necessary for the development of manufacturing and technology in Africa.

"We were keen to offer developed countries and the private sector attractive investment opportunities in renewable energy," El-Sisi said. 

The Egyptian president said the initiative is based on a "comprehensive framework" and guarantees African nations will abide by its parameters. 

Some 150 heads of state, including US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin, gathered on Monday for two weeks of climate change talks aimed at forging a global pact to combat climate change.

On Monday, El-Sisi called for "bolstering the ability of developing countries to cope with climate change," while urging an annual funding of $100 million from developed countries until 2020.

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