Egypt eager to place Africa's climate concerns at center of int'l action: Shoukry

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Feb 2023

Egypt, which hosted the 2022 United Nations Conference on Climate Change 27th session (COP27) on behalf of Africa, wants to put African concerns at the centre of international climate action, Foreign Minister and President of COP27 Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday.



During a meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) – where Shoukry attended on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi – the FM reviewed the most notable outcomes of COP27, including the creation of a fund to finance fixing damage caused by climate change in developing nations.

Shoukry asserted that Africa’s high-level involvement in COP27 underlined the continent's commitment to international climate action and demonstrated African countries' political resolve to work together to address climate change at all levels.

The senior diplomat also reviewed other COP27 outcomes that support African climate priorities, including its call for international financial organisations to review their financing policies with regards to developing countries, as well as coming up with an action plan for a just energy transition that takes into consideration different countries' economic and social conditions.

These outcomes would not have been possible without assistance from African governments, actors, and concerned institutions, Shoukry said.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Kenyan President William Ruto, in his capacity as the current President of the CAHOSCC, and was attended by a number of African leaders and environment ministers, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the African Commissioner for Agriculture and Environment.

The meeting reviewed the position of the African negotiators group in international climate negotiations.

The African Climate Commissions also gave presentations on the environmental situation in a number of regions in the continent during the meeting, the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

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