US President Biden plans to attend the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, sources tell Washington Post

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Oct 2022

US President Joe Biden is planning to attend the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) that is hosted by Egypt in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh 6-18 November, according to a report in the Washington Post on Friday.

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File Photo: President Joe Biden speaks at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Washington. AP

 

The Post's report cited two sources familiar with Biden's travel schedule who said the US president plans to attend the COP27 as part of a multi-nation trip to attend the G20 summit in Indonesia on 15 November.

Egypt and other developing nations are pinning high hopes on the fast approaching COP27 to push developed nations, who are mainly responsible for climate change, to honour their previous pledges to finance climate adaptation and mitigation efforts as well as address the issue of loss and damage.

So far, 90 heads of state have confirmed that they will attend the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Wael Abul Magd, the special representative for the Egyptian presidency of COP27, told Reuters recently.

The US has been working closely with Egypt as the president of the COP27 to ensure the success of the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh.

John Kerry, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, has visited Egypt on two separate occasions twice this year to attend climate events and meet with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and other Egyptian officials to discuss COP27 and various climate issues.

Kerry has also been coordinating with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the president-designate of the COP27, to develop agendas for the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh.

In February, Egypt and the US launched a climate working group that aims to advancing bilateral and multilateral climate goals in preparation for November's summit.

Both countries are also set to announce an agreement during the COP27 conference that support Egypt's National Nexus of Water, Food, and Energy (NWFE) plan to promote green projects

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