Egypt's Sisi to meet with UN chief, seven world leaders to discuss climate change

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Nov 2015


Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and seven heads of state and government will attend a top-level meeting on Monday hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Le Bourget in Paris.

Ki-moon is expected to announce a new initiative in the meeting called Resilience: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R) as the meeting will "showcase a set of initiatives by governments from developed and developing countries that address one or several dimensions relevant to building resilience and adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change."

Among the attending top-level officials are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South African President Jacob Zuma, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Director General of the World Food Programme Gaziano da Silva will also be present at the meeting.

The meeting comes as around 150 world leaders— including those of the United States, China, Russia, and India—gather in France to attend the COP21-Paris 2015 on its first day.

The summit seeks to end roughly twenty years of international disagreements over reaching a pact that would limit emissions of greenhouse gases, which are responsible for climate change.

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