Egypt urges partners to endorse call for countries, institutions to provide climate funding

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Sep 2022

Egypt has called on governments and development partners to endorse its stance for countries and global institutions to provide adequate funding to face the effects of climate change as well as mitigation and adaptation programmes.

El-Sayed El-Quseir
Egyptian Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir delivers a speech at the first Arab Conference for Climate and Sustainable Development in Egypt. Cabinet

 

Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir made the remarks during the first Arab Conference for Climate and Sustainable Development, which was organised by the Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU) that Egypt hosted on Sunday under the theme Al-Akhdar Hayah (Green is life).

This comes less than 50 days before the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), slated for 6-18 November in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh city.

As the official host of the COP27 conference, Egypt is determined attain results in terms of helping developing countries, especially in Africa, to benefit from climate financing.

During the second edition of the Egypt International Cooperation Forum (Egypt-ICF 2022), held on 7 September, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for the countries most responsible for climate change impacts to boost their contributions to support efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

El-Sisi made the comments after US Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry stressed during the forum that 20 countries are responsible for 80 percent of total global emissions, while 24 countries in Africa cause only 0.55 percent of these emissions.

Recommendations on climate action

During his speech today, El-Quseir recommended that governments encourage the private sector to inject investments to support adaptation and mitigation projects by introducing incentives and tax concessions.

He also highlighted the importance of supporting the legislations backing adaptation and mitigation measures in the face of climate change and taking comprehensive measures to reduce emissions and achieve sustainable development goals.

The Egyptian minister also called for establishing a “carbon platform” to help local communities boost their capabilities to engage in establishing agricultural systems that are more resilient and sustainable, especially in the climate-vulnerable regions.

El-Quseir also urged establishing early warning systems locally and regionally that enable farmers and others to take proactive measures amid the accelerating pace of climate change.

The minister affirmed the need for large industrial countries to fulfil their climate commitments within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto Protocol.

“Egypt’s hosting of COP27 creates an unprecedented opportunity for member countries to expand their efforts aiming at implementing the climate related measures and solutions that address water scarcity, energy, and food systems,” the minister added.

Speaking at the conference, Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj stressed Egypt’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, which requires nations to put plans to reduce emissions.

Boosting civil society participation

The social solidarity ministry is keen to ensure a strong and effective participation by civil society groups and volunteers at COP27, El-Qabbaj said.

The ministry is also keen to introduce a true image that showcases the great efforts of civil society in Egypt to provide all forms of protection to needy societal categories against economic, social, and environmental threats, she added.

El-Qabbaj said up to 1,000 volunteers will participate in COP27.

The ministry is also planning to organise a day for civil society on the sidelines of COP27 to highlight the role and success stories of civil society in the field of climate change mitigation, taking into account the global, regional and local dimensions at all levels, she added.

The Egyptian government has repeatedly affirmed its keenness to allow the greatest possible number of local and foreign civil society organisations to participate and express their views in COP27.

Egyptian Minister of Justice Omar Marwan, Minister of Local Development Hisham Amna, and Speaker of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek attended the meeting. Also, Secretary General of the CAEU Muhammadi Al-Ni and a number of Arab figures and Egyptian MPs were among the attendees.

The conference discusses legislations and laws related to sustainable development and climate, ways of facing economic, industrial and agricultural repercussions on sustainable development. It also addresses the role of media, international and Arab institutions and civil society organisations in preserving sustainable development.

Attending COP27

Egypt is making round-the-clock preparations to host COP27 and receive the largest number of attendees. Those interested in attending the conference can register on the official COP27 website here.

Last week, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the number of people who have applied to participate in COP27 is double the number of participants during the past two editions of the conference, Madbouly said, without giving specifics.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s EC4SDF, an observer non-governmental organisation (NGO) to COP27, said late in August that about 35,000 people from around the world so far have registered on the UN website to attend COP27.

This puts the upcoming UN climate change conference in Sharm El-Sheikh on track to possibly become one of the most attended COPs, the NGO asserted.

Egypt has reiterated that it would seek during the conference to push for implementing climate pledges on the ground within the framework of the Paris Agreement.

Egypt will also urge developed countries to meet their promise to mobilise the necessary funds to help developing nations with mitigation and adaptation measures.

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