Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. AP
“We call on the international community to take more ambitious steps at the Dubai conference, expanding the scope of communal participation, while avoiding unilateral actions that only consider narrow interests,” El-Sisi said.
The president also noted the gravity of current political and international challenges, coinciding with the pressing consequences of climate change.
“Our responsibility as leaders today is to affirm a clear message: we are committed and ambitious in our actions and implementation, aligning with the agreements reached in Paris,” El-Sisi stated.
This includes adherence to scientific recommendations and commitments, considering each country's capacities and historical and current responsibilities regarding ongoing climate challenges, he explained.
Moreover, El-Sisi drew on Egypt's experience as the previous host of the 27th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh and emphasized the direct impacts of climate change on his country.
He stressed the imperative of collective and urgent action to preserve the Earth for future generations, and environmentally-friendly development.
Recalling initiatives launched in Sharm El-Sheikh, including the Fund for Financing Developing Countries and the Fair Transition Action Plan, El-Sisi stated that these initiatives “ paved the way for achieving a global goal to adapt to climate change.”
He also noted the importance of funding arrangements, highlighting the need for agreed-upon arrangements between financing institutions, public policy, and the private sector.
Concluding his speech, El-Sisi appealed for full and sincere support to the United Arab Emirates.
“This is to ensure that the Dubai conference produces historic results, confirming to all the peoples of the world that we are determined and, with the help of God, capable of saving and protecting the planet, the home of our lives, and the future of our children and grandchildren, generation after generation,” he said.