Egypt to host young parliamentarians global conference in June

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 May 2022

Egypt is set to host the eighth Global Conference for Young Parliamentarians (GCYP) on 15-16 June in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh with climate change as the key focus of the event.

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A file photo of a previous meeting of the Global Conference for Young Parliamentarians (GCYP) (Photo courtesy of the Inter-Parliamentary Union)

 

The summit, which is set to attract a slew of high level international and regional officials, is organised by the Egyptian House of Representatives in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The Egyptian House of Representatives was keen to include climate change at the top of the GCYP's agenda to be tackled as a global cause within the framework of the global parliamentary dimension, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The focus on the climate change issue also coincides with Egypt's hosting of the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), in the same city on 7-18 November.

Egypt will be the first host of the conference to organise a separate parliamentary conference on the issue of climate change, the statement added.

The step reflects the country's vision that is based on the necessity of integrating all executive and legislative institutions while dealing with the global phenomena, it added.

The IPU said that no issue is more urgent and vital than action to curb climate change, adding that the two-day event will coordinate parliamentary action to mitigate the impact of climate change and ensure that global warming does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the Paris Agreement.

The annual event will be attended by delegations of up to four young parliamentarians each from 90 countries as part of the country's vision aiming to empower youth and exchange views on global issues such climate change, the House's statement added.

Delegations should be composed of representatives of both sexes and the youngest members of national parliament, according to the IPU.

The conference, held for first time in 2014 in Geneva, is aimed at promoting the participation of youth in politics to learn about their views on international challenges and issues.

The IPU said the GCYP is a unique platform for young parliamentarians to meet, exchange and learn and identify common and innovative strategies to advance youth empowerment.

The seventh GCYP was held virtually in 2021, while the sixth edition was held in Paraguay in 2019.

Egyptian MP Sahar El-Bazar is currently the president of the IPU's Forum of Young parliamentarians.

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