Egypt FM Shoukry meets UN Climate Change Executive Secretary in preparation for COP27

Hagar Shabrawy , Monday 14 Feb 2022

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the COP27 President-Designate Sameh Shoukry met on Monday with UN Framework Convention on Climate (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa in the German city of Bonn as part of the country's preparations to host COP27 later this year.

Egypt FM Shoukry - Patricia Espinosa
Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the COP27 President-Designate Sameh Shoukry met on Monday with UN Framework Convention on Climate (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said the FM's visit aims to push international action to mitigate the impact of climate change and mobilise the necessary momentum for the success of the COP27, which is set to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh on the Red Sea in November 2022.

Egypt plans to build on the outcomes of the COP26 that was held in Glasgow late last year, Hafez stressed.

Egypt formed a committee to prepare for COP27 under the presidency of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly that includes several ministers and other officials.

The country is also drawing up plans to help confront climate change and save the planet by speeding up the transition to a green economy, reducing emissions, and financing climate-oriented projects in developing African countries.

Furthermore, Egypt launched the 2050 National Climate Change Strategy with five main objectives, including cutting the emissions of various sectors to maintain sustainable economic growth, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, producing energy from waste, and using alternative energy forms like green hydrogen.

In preparation for the COP27 event, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered the government to start upgrading Sharm El-Sheikh’s roads and services as well as the conversion of public transportation there to operate on natural gas instead of diesel fuel.

Egypt has vowed to speak for Africa's aspirations on addressing climate change at the COP27.

On Monday, during the inauguration of the fifth edition of the Egyptian Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2022), El-Sisi also urged developed countries to provide financial support to African states to confront climate change and extend the transitional period for fulfilling renewable energy commitments.

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