File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Reuters
This year's theme, ‘A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges,’ acknowledges the intertwined challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, global food and energy crises, the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and aspirations for attaining the goals of sustainable development (SDGs).
In light of these challenges, Egypt, as the host of the upcoming global climate conference (COP27), is expected to play a critical role in this year's session, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement on Saturday.
In addition to bilateral meetings with counterparts and international officials, Shoukry will participate in a number of important meetings and events during his trip, including the Munich-format meeting to advance the Middle East peace process, the spokesman said.
The minister's agenda also includes a ministerial meeting on the importance of water for ensuring food security, a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on coordinating international aid to the Palestinian people, and a ministerial meeting in support of The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
It also includes a meeting of a five-member committee on Yemen, and the ministerial meeting of the Ancient Civilizations Forum that will be held under the presidency of Iraq, Abu Zeid said.
Shoukry will also participate in a high-level meeting on food security, a roundtable event on regional stability and coordination in the Middle East, and a high-level Chinese-led dialogue on the Global Development Initiative, announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping last year.
He will also attend a ministerial meeting for the Group of 77 and China, which will tackle energy and food crises, a ministerial meeting for member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and a ministerial meeting for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the spokesman added.
The top diplomat will also take part in a high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a meeting on successful UN-peacekeeping missions, and a high-level meeting on climate change, Abu Zeid said.