Egyptian presidency of COP27 prioritises fulfilling climate pledges: FM tells Copenhagen ministerial meeting

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 May 2022

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has affirmed that Egypt’s presidency of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) prioritises fulfilling climate pledges and turning them into a tangible reality on the ground.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry partakes in the ministerial meeting on climate pledges in Copenhagen, 12 May 2022. Egyptian foreign ministry


Shoukry made the remarks on Thursday during the opening session of the ministerial meeting on the implementation of climate pledges in Copenhagen, Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The meeting, co-chaired by Egypt, being the country hosting the upcoming COP27, and the UK, the current president, runs on 12-13 May.

In a speech, Shoukry said the ministerial meeting in the Danish capital is an opportunity for the exchange of visions and expertise on the implementation of international climate action.

This comes through activating the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate change and fulfilling the national pledges regarding reducing emissions, Shoukry noted. This is in addition to the other pledges announced at COP26 last year in Glasgow, he added.

The meeting was attended by Britain's Minister of State at the Cabinet Office and COP26 President Alok Sharma, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen, and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Patricia Espinosa.

Several ministers and officials at member states of the convention, and representatives of civil society attended the meeting.

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.

Egypt has also pledged to speak up for aspirations of Africa and developing countries to cope with climate change, including through securing the required finance in this regard.

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.

Meeting also with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Thursday, Shoukry 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.

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