Egypt urges unified African voices on climate issues ahead of COP28

Ahram Online , Saturday 19 Aug 2023

Egypt's Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad called for unifying African efforts and voices in climate events in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP 28), due to take place in Dubai in November.

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Egypt s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad speaking during her participation in the 18th session of the AMCEN held in Addis Ababa from 14 to 18 August 2023 (Photo: Egypt s Ministry of Environment)


Fouad's remarks came during her participation in the 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) held in Addis Ababa from 14 to 18 August 2023.

The Egyptian minister participated in the opening session of the AMCEN, held under the slogan “Seizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation to Face Challenges.”

She also participated in a ministerial session on "green investment" to discuss accelerating investments in technology and capacity development in Africa.

In addition, the minister participated as a keynote speaker in the "Climate Financing and Biodiversity Financing" session in which she stressed that COP 28 must ensure the mobilization of $20 billion for the Biodiversity Fund, not just focus on obtaining $100 billion in climate finance, noted a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Environment.

During the 15th UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, developed nations pledged to support climate action in developing countries with $100 billion annually by 2020, yet they never did.  

In a meeting on the sideline of the event, Fouad discussed with her Kenyan counterpart Soiban Toya recommendations that would be put forward by the African Climate Summit slated for 4 -6 September in Kenya.

The Egyptian minister called for a unified African vision on necessary climate action, the statement added.

She also stressed that the media should shed light on the outputs of the climate conference COP27, held in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh last year, since these outputs were relevant to African countries, especially concerning the issues of loss and damage and the global goal of adaptation.

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