Egypt to adopt comprehensive vision to seek applicable solutions for climate challenges at COP27: Sisi to UN chief

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Nov 2022

During its hosting of COP27, Egypt will work on adopting a comprehensive vision that aims to work towards globally applicable solutions and commitments on climate challenges, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.

Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

El-Sisi's remarks came during his meeting with Guterres on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Algeria, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The president said that this comprehensive vision is set to take into account the needs of developing countries and the capabilities of developed states, with the aim to achieve the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

Guterres, for his part, expressed hope that COP27 in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh city becomes a defining summit on the issue of climate change.

The statement said that Guterres hailed Egypt's historic stances on climate change, given that Egypt had been one of the first developing countries to formulate decisive policies in this regard.

Guterres also praised Egypt's national efforts to care for the environment, to support green transformation, and to combat climate change.

Egyptian efforts in this regard include building green cities, issuing green bonds, and adopting the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050, the statement added.

The statement also said that El-Sisi and Guterres discussed preparations for the Sharm El-Sheikh climate summit on the logistical and thematic sides, especially regarding cooperation on enhancing ongoing efforts to adopt the principle of common responsibility as a basis that governs the responsibilities of each of the developing and developed states toward climate issues.

In this regard, they stressed the importance that developed states provide technical and financial assistance necessary to help developing countries move forward with implementing their environmental commitments.

According to the statement, El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness to continue enhancing cooperation with the UN institutions in various fields to support international peace and security.

He said that Egypt looks forward to fulfil its role of addressing issues of priority to developing countries in collaboration with the UN.

The statement also pointed out that Guterres praised Egypt's distinguished position and effective role in the multilateral international work system, and expressed appreciation for the extended cooperation between Egypt and the UN.

The meeting also discussed developments of a number of regional issues, especially the Libyan crisis, the spokesman noted.

Egypt is only a week away from hosting COP27, which will take place 6 to 18 November.

During COP27, Egypt hopes to turn climate pledges into actions, to speak for Africa’s climate aspirations, and to urge countries to fulfil their climate finance pledges.

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