Harmful emissions on the rise, world not on track to fulfil Paris goals, says Mohieldin

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jun 2022

Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN climate change high level champion for Egypt, said the world is not on the right track to fulfil the goals of the Paris Agreement to curb the repercussions of climate change.

 Mahmoud Mohieldin
Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change Hight-Level Champion for Egypt, speaks during a session at the Afrca CEO Forum in Abidjan on June 14, 2022. AFP


Moreover, harmful emissions are still on the rise, he added.

"If we were on the right path to carbon neutrality by 2050, emissions would be minimised by 45 percent by 2030," Mohieldin said while addressing a discussion session on "What does COP27 mean?"

Mohieldin, also the UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said the current scenario suggests the opposite, noting that emissions are not decreasing, but rather increasing by 15 percent.

"There is a 60 percent deviation from the target," he pointed out.

The Paris Agreement, agreed upon at the UN Climate Change Conference COP21 in 2015, targets limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Egypt will host the the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh, with hopes pinned on the event to turn previous pledges into actual projects.

The summit will be held within the UN’s framework through which 193 member countries will be participating, as well as some non-member countries due to the momentousness of the event. 

Mohieldin said Egypt will organise the conference at an unprecedented level given the ongoing preparations that are closely monitored by the political leadership and government.

He indicated that COP27 will contribute to spreading sustainable development and protecting Arab and African peoples from the repercussions of climate change that hinder their development plans.

Egypt enjoys a strong influence on Arab and African countries, he stressed, adding that what distinguishes Egypt as a host to the conference is adopting a comprehensive approach to dealing with the climate change, a recently launched strategy by the Egyptian government.

He highlighted the impact of climate change on poverty and employment, referring to the heavy burdens climate change financing and investments put on developing countries.

Mohieldin said his role as the UN climate change high level champion for Egypt involves mobilising various efforts by financial institutions, universities, NGOs, and civil society institutions to support the COP27 goals.

"We focus on several initiatives to reshape the responses to climate change issues. I expect this year's conference to implement the proposed projects successfully," he noted.

Mohieldin stressed that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on all international parties to take actual and executive steps to translate the Paris Agreement and Copenhagen pledges into reality.

This, he noted, is evident in Egypt's giant renewable and alternative energy projects such as the Benban complex in Aswan. Egypt has also allocated huge investments to water management and shore protection projects to mitigate the impact of climate change, he added.

The session is the first episode of a new season titled "Leap to COP27," organised by Narrative Summit – a PR conferences-organising platform -- amid the country's preparations to host the UN event.

Founder of Narrative Summit Lamia Kamel said the Narrative Summit has pledged to be an active partner to the Egyptian state to achieve sustainable development goals through coordinating various partnerships in and outside of Egypt. It is also meant to become a dynamic platform that discusses various topics from different perspectives.

''Coinciding with Egypt's preparations to host COP27 and the high importance of this event, Narrative Summit has launched its new season. This season's episodes will highlight the main strategies to combat climate change and present different perspectives in various fields," said Kamel.

The new season is meant to mobilise community efforts and spread awareness about the importance of COP27, she added.

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