AU urges coordination with Egypt on COP27 as unique chance to express Africa climate priorities

Ahram Online , MENA , Friday 1 Jul 2022

Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Monique Nsanzabaganwa has called for boosting coordination between Egypt and the AU concerning the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

Ambassador Mohamed Nasr (C) and Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Monique Nsanzabaganwa (R) listen to members of the Egyptian delegation at the meeting in the Addis Ababa.


Nsanzabaganwa praised Egypt’s preparations for the conference, set to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh city in November, saying it will be a unique opportunity to allow Africa to express its concerns and priorities regarding the climate issue.

She made the remarks in a meeting on Thursday with a delegation from the Egyptian COP27 presidency in the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The Egyptian delegation briefed Nsanzabaganwa on the latest preparations and reiterated their keenness to work with the AU as the climate file is a top priority to the AU and the African continent.

The delegation was headed by Ambassador Mohamed Nasr, the director of Environment and Sustainable Development Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' and chief negotiator for the Egyptian presidency team for COP27.

Egypt has vowed to speak for African interests in combatting climate change at COP27.

Earlier this month, during the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Cairo earlier, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt, through hosting COP27, will coordinate with all African countries to set a clear map for the sake of the climate action on the global and regional levels as well as enhancing the accesses to the financial resources for the African countries.

Egypt will also focus on the green recovery agenda and supporting Africa’s efforts to contain the impacts of the ongoing challenges, Shoukry said.

He urged the international community to meet its obligations for the continent which is the smallest contributor to the climate change crisis, as Africa is responsible for only three percent of the global carbon emissions.

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