In Photos: Egypt holds international bicycle festival in Sharm El-Sheikh ahead of COP27

Habiba Hamdy , Friday 4 Nov 2022

The Ministry of Youth and Sports organised a bicycle sports festival on Thursday for 1,500 youth of different nationalities in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh that will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) from 6-18 November.

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The event was held on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY17) that is continuing through Friday.

The event was co-organised by the ministries of youth and sports and environment and Youth Department of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Minister of Sports and Youth Ashraf Sobhy said that the ministry is keen on holding such events to highlight the importance of sports. 

COYs take place each year in the COP host country to prepare young people to participate in the climate change conference by building capacity and providing policy training.

The first COY was held in 2005 in Montreal ahead of COP11.

In 2009, during COP15, the UNFCCC secretariat and the member states to the convention officially recognised youth as an observer constituency of its own to represent the formal voice of children and youth in UNFCCC processes.

In 2021, COY16, which was held in Glasgow, brought together thousands of young change makers from more than 140 countries.

Egypt, like other countries around the world, has been introducing environmentally friendly initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport and other activities.

The government has recently launched bicycle-sharing stations in Cairo to reduce harmful emmissions and solve traffic problems.

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