Dutch delegation at COP27 to cycle in Sharm El-Sheikh to preserve environment: Ambassador

Ahram Online , Friday 4 Mar 2022

The Netherlands delegation attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh will use bicycles to move around the city, Han-Maurits Schaapveld, the Dutch ambassador in Egypt has said.

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Han-Maurits Schaapveld, the Dutch ambassador and South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda during a meeting (Photo: Ahram)

The move is intended to help preserve the environment, Schaapveld told South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda during a meeting on Sunday.

The ambassador said he is currently coordinating with South Sinai governorate to hold a bicycle marathon following the conclusion of the UN event.

During the meeting, Schaapveld and Fouda discussed the Egyptian efforts to develop Sharm El-Sheikh into a green city in preparation for the event, which is set to be attended by 30,000 participants and 120 heads of state.

The city has embarked on several projects to coincide with COP27, including increasing green spaces and promoting electric vehicles to lower carbon emissions, Fouda noted, adding that work is underway to establish three solar power plants a capacity of 5,000 MW each.

The plants will provide 15,000 MW that will be used to charge cars and operate hotels, tourist and government facilities, he added.

Egypt has been is in talks with a host of international partners concerning the preparations for COP27, during which President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt will adopt a comprehensive and neutral approach.

President El-Sisi has stressed that the COP27 summit will support efforts to reduce emissions and provide funding for developing countries to deal with climate change.

Egypt has formed a committee presided over by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly that includes several ministers and other officials that will organise the event.

Shoukry has been chosen to head the COP27, and Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad will serve as the conference's ministerial envoy and coordinator.

Egypt has announced the appointment of its highly-experienced economist Mahmoud Mohieldin – who has been serving as an executive director at the International Monetary Fund – as the country’s high-level champion for climate action at the COP27.

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