Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry holds a trilateral meeting with COP26 President Alok Sharma and Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan J rgensen. Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Egypt is scheduled to host COP27 in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh in November with ambitions to build on the outcomes of COP26 in Glasgow and support global efforts in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
The meeting between FM Shoukry, president-designate of COP27, with Jørgensen and Sharma, president of COP26, came on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting hosted in the Danish capital on 12-13 May on the implementation of climate pledges. Shoukry partook in the opening session of the ministerial meeting on Thursday.
During the meeting, Shoukry stressed Egypt’s keenness that COP27 represent an important step on the way towards implementing climate pledges and turning them into a reality on the ground.
Shoukry highlighted the importance of maintaining the current momentum in climate action in a way that raises ambitions and makes the goal of keeping the rise in global temperatures under 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach.
The top Egyptian diplomat underscored the need for the current geopolitical situation to not affect climate pledges.
Shoukry reviewed with Sharma and Jørgensen Egypt’s preparations to host COP27, affirming the country's keenness to consult with all relevant parties and learn about their visions regarding various climate issues.
This shall contribute to ensuring that the conference yield balanced outcomes that take into consideration the priorities and concerns of all parties, Shoukry added.
The Egyptian FM also highlighted the importance of the engagement of all parties concerned with international climate action in the conference.
The meeting discussed issues of climate change adaptation, the harms and losses due to climate change, and the importance of securing climate finance in developing countries.
Cooperating with Denmark on COP27
Shoukry also met on Thursday with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, where he welcomed cooperation with Denmark along with other international partners to make COP27 a success.
The Egyptian FM conveyed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s invitation to Frederiksen to attend the summit of heads of state and governments that will be held during the conference in November.
Frederiksen affirmed Denmark’s keenness to enhance cooperation with Egypt as a pivotal partner in the Middle East.
Shoukry affirmed that Egypt is keen to boost political, economic, cultural, and parliamentary cooperation with Denmark.
Moreover, Shoukry stressed Egypt’s keenness to boost Danish investments and enhance the Danish side’s engagement in Egyptian development plans.
This is in addition to strengthening cooperation between the two countries in many fields, on top of which are renewable energy, the green economy, healthcare, pharmaceutical production, logistics, maritime transport, agriculture, and fisheries development.
Shoukry also praised the existing Danish projects in Egypt, which he said confirm the great returns on investment in Egypt. He called on Danish companies to exploit the great investment opportunities available in Egypt.
He affirmed the aspiration for boosting trade exchange between the two countries and paving the way for increasing Egyptian exports to Denmark.
Denmark's imports from Egypt reached more than $51 million in 2021, according to the UN COMTRADE database on international trade, while Egypt’s imports from Denmark recorded over $246 million in the same year.