Egypt, IPU to hold conference on sidelines of COP27 summit in Sharm El-Sheikh

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 15 Oct 2022

Egypt and the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) agreed on Saturday that they would organise an international parliamentary conference on the sidelines of the COP27 climate change summit due to be held in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh between 6 and 18 November.

Speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives Hanafi Gibali and speaker of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Duarte Pacheco on Saturday in Kigali , Rwanda. Photo : Egyptian House of Representatives


The agreement was reached at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, between speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives Hanafi Gibali and speaker of the Geneva-based IPU Duarte Pacheco.

Gibali and Pacheco said the conference aims to raise the awareness of world parliaments and state institutions of the necessity of teaming up to fight the phenomenon of climate change.

"This is one of the challenges facing our modern world and so there should be concerted efforts at the regional and international level to stand up to it," said Gibali.

Pacheco said Egypt's House of Representatives is a very active member of the IPU.

"The IPU and Egypt's parliament are in constant dialogue on the challenges facing our world," said Pacheco, revealing that "as a result, the IPU decided to open a regional office in the Arab world to be based in Cairo to reinforce cooperation between IPU and Arab and African parliaments in political, social and economic areas."

Egypt will celebrate in 2024 the 100th anniversary of its membership in the IPU.

"Egypt was the first Arab and African country to join the IPU, which was created in 1889," said Gibali, adding that "Egypt will use the IPU's office in Cairo to promote African and Arab interests and offer all kinds of support to brotherly African parliaments."

"In other words, the IPU office in Cairo will act as a bridge of cooperation between African and Arab parliaments on one hand and the IPU on the other, and also reflect the influence of Egyptian state's institutions at the regional and international levels," said Gibali.

Short link: