COP27 president-designate calls for enhancing collaborative action to confront climate change

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Sep 2022

Egypt’s Foreign Minister and President-Designate of the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) Sameh Shoukry called for enhancing collaborative action to confront climate change.

FM Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry (photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

 

Egypt’s vision for the annual conference – which will be held in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh in November – focuses on the quick and efficient implementation of climate pledges and on-the-ground initiatives, Shoukry noted.

Shoukry made his remarks Thursday as he participated virtually in the opening session of Arab Regional Forum to Finance Climate Action held by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

He also stressed the necessity of turning pledges and agreements into partnerships that create real success stories in dealing with climate change.

The president-designate stressed the importance of boosting cooperation between the five regional commissions of the UN Economic and Social Council and the Egyptian presidency of the COP27, especially with regard to reducing carbon emissions that cause climate change and providing the necessary funding for countering climate change.

The forum in Beirut is the fourth of five regional meetings launched by Egypt's presidency of COP27, UN regional commissions, high-level champions, and Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) to prepare for COP27.

Minister of Planning Hala El-Said, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait, and Amina Mohamed, UN deputy secretary-general, are participating in the meeting.

Additionally, Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN climate change high-level champion for Egypt and UN special envoy on financing 2030 sustainable development agenda, delivered his speech at the event earlier in the day.

Mohieldin said cooperation between Arab countries can help overcome challenges and achieve climate targets, adding that he expects that the Arab forum will result in effective and applicable regional projects that can be financed.

Hopes are pinned on COP27 to turn climate-related pledges into action to help facilitate the transition to green energy in order to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change as per the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement – adopted at COP21 and signed by over 190 states including Egypt – came into effect in 2016 with the aim of limiting the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Climate finance has been debated at every COP meeting since, as developed countries have failed to meet their promise to mobilise $100 billion annually by 2020 to help developing nations with mitigation and adaptation measures.

Egypt is set to announce a set of presidential initiatives in the spheres of food, water and energy during COP27.

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