Al-Ahram Weekly Editorial's Articles

Egypt – and the whole world – are entitled to celebrating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) at Sharm El-Sheikh concluded with a hard-fought, historic deal to establish a Loss and Damage Fund to “save lives and livelihoods from climate change-related disasters” in poor countries that contribute little to global warming.

Even before the official opening of the UN COP27 Climate Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh on 6 November, a major breakthrough had been achieved after lengthy negotiations by placing the thorny issue of “loss and damage” on the agenda of the most important world gathering on climate change for the first time.

In a statement to mark World Food Day on 16 October, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted that this year it occurs at a challenging moment for global food security due to a list of man-made crises, topped by climate change and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

Last week Turkey and the expired Tripoli-based government headed by Abdel-Hamid Dbeibah signed an agreement allowing Ankara energy exploration in the Mediterranean.

All indications are that, far from winding down, the seven-month-old war in Ukraine is heading for greater escalation, at least in the short term, with the nightmarish scenario of nuclear weapons on the cards.

Perhaps predictably, the escalating war between Russia and Ukraine overwhelmed the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings, the 77th session of which opened last week.

In the last few weeks, Russia has suffered a series of military setbacks in its “special military operation” against Ukraine.

It’s been a year since President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi sponsored the National Human Rights Strategy, a clear indication that political reform would be a priority.

The latest round of violent clashes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Saturday is the most serious in two years.

With his term due to end in November 2023, the resignation of Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) governor Tarek Amer has taken everyone by surprise.

Things are finally looking up at the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX), with the market staging a rally since its slump the first week of July.

For the second time in a week, on Saturday, protesters stormed the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, breaching the high-security Green Zone. More than 120 people were injured.

This week’s Jeddah summit between US President Joe Biden and the leaders of nine Arab nations reflects the changing times in the current world order.

Saudi Crown-Prince Mohamed bin Salman paid Cairo a two-day visit on Monday to discuss Biden’s upcoming visit to Jeddah.

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