President Sisi heads to Dubai to participate in COP28

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Nov 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is flying to the UAE to take part in the presidential segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), taking place from 30 November to 12 December in Dubai, Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy said on Thursday.

File Photo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. AP


Last year, Egypt hosted the COP27 Summit in the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

In Dubai, El-Sisi will review Egypt’s efforts at COP27 to address the challenges of developing and African countries, Fahmy added.

The Sharm El-Sheikh summit focused on enhancing international climate action and urged developed countries to adhere to their commitments within the framework of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The COP27 concluded with a landmark deal on establishing a loss and damage fund to help vulnerable countries cope with the devastating impacts of climate change.

The COP28, expected to focus on reducing emissions, is being attended by approximately 70,000 people.

El-Sisi is scheduled to hold talks with a host of heads of state and government in Dubai to exchange views on various regional and international issues, Fahmy noted.

'Trapped in a deadly cycle'

A day before the summit, Sultan Al-Jaber, the Emirati president-designate for COP28, forcefully denied a report alleging his nation planned to use the summit to strike oil and gas deals.

Al-Jaber called the allegations from a BBC report “an attempt to undermine the work of the COP28 presidency” before the talks begin Thursday.

The report referenced what it termed "leaked briefing documents," which the broadcaster indicated revealed the Emirates' intention to engage in discussions about fossil fuel deals with 15 nations.

“These allegations are false, not true, incorrect and not accurate,” Al-Jaber told a small group of journalists gathered for a news conference that was aired live, according to AP.

“I promise you, never ever did I see these talking points that they refer to or that I ever even used such talking points in my discussions.”

On Monday, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged world leaders to take decisive action to tackle ever-worsening climate change when they gather at the COP28 Summit.

"We are trapped in a deadly cycle," Guterres said. "The solutions are well known. Leaders must act to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, protect people from climate chaos, and end the fossil fuel age."

"It is profoundly shocking to stand on the ice of Antarctica and hear directly from scientists how fast the ice is disappearing," Guterres said after visiting the region to prepare for the summit.

"The cause of all this destruction is clear: the fossil fuel pollution coating the Earth and heating the planet,” he said.


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