Egypt officially selected to host UN COP27

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Nov 2021

Egypt has been officially selected to host the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27) in November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
File Photo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi pose for an image with the logo of Cop 26 in Glasgow taken on 1 November, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Facebook page.

The current UN climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow announced on Thursday that Egypt was chosen to host the upcoming session of the conference in 2022 (COP27).

The UAE will host the 2023 edition of the conference.

At the summit earlier on Thursday, Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad expressed her appreciation to all delegations, especially the African countries’ delegations, for their support of Egypt.

The minister added that Egypt is committed to building on the success achieved at COP26 and will exert efforts to achieve success in the upcoming COP27 summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Fouad also welcomed all parties to meet next year in Egypt to work on reaching fair and balanced outcomes to face the impacts of climate change and to help developing and African countries to quickly face and adapt to climate change.

Earlier this month, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on developed countries to fulfil their pledge to provide $100 billion annually to developing countries to address the effects of climate change.

In a speech delivered to the COP26, El-Sisi seconded highlighted the need to allocate at least half of all public climate finance to adaptation measures.

He affirmed the need to preserve the Paris Climate Accords to ensure the bolstering of efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to the negative effects of climate change.

The president also vowed that Egypt would seek to enhance international climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement during the country’s presidency of the COP27, affirming this will achieve the interests of the global community.

The Paris Climate Accords — adopted at COP21 and signed by over 190 states including Egypt — came into effect in 2016 with the aim of reducing the rate of global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in this century.

El-Sisi said strengthening climate action to achieve this rate has become “imperative and undeferrable.”

In 2019, Egypt co-chaired a coalition with the UK on climate adaptation and resilience at the UN Climate Action Summit.

Egypt also hosted the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2018.

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