Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry speaks during a press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock at Tahrir palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. AP
The conference, which kicked off on Friday, gathers a host of senior officials, ministers, heads of international organisations, and leaders to discuss the current international situation and the most prominent challenges and crises on the international front.
Shoukry is scheduled to participate as a keynote speaker in a session on strengthening international climate diplomacy as the designated chairperson of the 27th session of the 2022 United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP27), said Ahmed Hafez, the spokesperson for the ministry.
On the side-lines of the conference, the FM will also hold a number of meetings with some senior officials and foreign ministers in order to discuss ways to enhance cooperation on a number of issues of mutual interest.
Shoukry met last week with UN Framework Convention on Climate (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa in the German city of Bonn as part of Egypt’s preparations to host the COP27.
The country has formed a committee to prepare for the COP27 under the presidency of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly that includes several ministers and other officials to highlight the country’s ability to organise such high-profile international events.
During a speech delivered to the COP26 in Glasgow late last year, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on developed countries to fulfil their pledge to provide $100 billion annually to developing countries to address the effects of climate change.
El-Sisi also offered assurances that Egypt would seek during its presidency of the COP27 to enhance international climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accords, which will achieve the interests of the global community.
Furthermore, the Egyptian president urged the need to preserve the accords to ensure the bolstering of efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to the negative implications of climate change.
Earlier this year, Shoukry said Egypt intends to build on what was achieved during the COP26 and to use the current rising international momentum to confront climate change, moving from the stage of making pledges to actual action on the ground, whether in reducing emissions or financing climate-oriented projects in developing African countries.