FM Shoukry urges swiftness to maintain climate action at top of international agenda

Mohamed Soliman , Monday 18 Jul 2022

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry stressed on Monday the importance of acting swiftly to ensure that climate action issues remain at the top of the international agenda.

Egyptian and German FMs
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock (C)

 

Addressing the 13th Petersburg Climate Dialogue (PCD13) in Berlin, Shoukry called for ensuring that the current state of affairs is not taken as a pretext to backtrack or renege on previous climate commitments, especially those related to supporting developing countries.

FM Shoukry is the president-designate of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP27) that will be hosted by Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh this November.

As the incoming president of the COP, Egypt is committed to an inclusive conference where all parties and stakeholders are given the necessary space to showcase their actions, present their priorities, and voice their concerns, Shoukry stressed.

“We will only succeed through this participatory approach,” the Egyptian top diplomat assured, adding that there is a lot of work ahead in the coming months to bridge the gaps.

Shoukry said that the PCD13 comes at a very critical juncture on the world stage with unprecedented geopolitical tension taking its toll on energy prices, food security, and global supply chains, expressing his hope that the event will give the chance to address a number of climate issues ahead of the COP27.

FM Shoukry and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock opened the PCD13, in which ministers and senior negotiators from representative countries are gathering to engage in climate dialogue following the SBs in Bonn and G7 Summit in June.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are co-chairing the event.

Germany has been holding the Petersburg Climate Dialogue since 2009 ahead of the annual UN Climate Change Conference to engage in preliminary discussions.

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