A file photo of Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change Hight-Level Champion for Egypt, speaks during a session at the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan on June 14, 2022. Photo: AFP
A report by the magazine said that Mohieldin’s current posts, as well as his previous position as the World Bank Group's senior vice president for the 2030 development agenda, UN relations and partnerships, place him at the centre of the world’s most important conversations shaping the future.
As climate change accelerates around the world, with extreme weather events already placing millions of lives at risk, his dual roles will come into even sharper focus, it said.
The report added that Mohieldin, who is considered one of Egypt's most strategic thinkers and the most talented technocrat of his generation, played an instrumental role leading up to UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) hosted by Egypt. During the conference, he was able to help structure the global climate agenda, which produced an agreement to set up a fund for the loss and damage caused to poor countries due to climate change.
The report highlighted that enforcing the deal and making sure that the promises made in COP27 are delivered will be the true test of success.