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- Foreign Minister participates in a meeting in Copenhagen on the implementation of climate pledges
- Activating the provisions of the Paris Agreement and fulfilling national commitments to reduce emissions
- Egypt discusses cooperation with Denmark in renewable energy projects and green economy
- Cairo calls for climate pledges not to be affected by the geopolitical situation
Egypt is making unremitting efforts so that the outcomes of the COP27 climate summit, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh next November, meet the aspirations and aspirations of developing countries, and build on the outcomes of previous summits in order to fulfill climate pledges.
During the past hours, 3 Egyptian officials participated in a number of international meetings and events aimed at discussing preparations for Egypt’s hosting of the upcoming COP27 climate conference, as well as global efforts to reduce emissions.
climate ministerial meeting
In this context, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and President-designate of the COP27 Climate Summit, participated today, Thursday, 12 May 2022, in the ministerial meeting hosted by Denmark on implementing climate pledges, held under the joint Egyptian-British presidency.
The meeting was attended by British Minister of State Alok Sharma, President of the COP26 Climate Summit, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jorgensen, as well as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa, several ministers and officials of member states of the Convention and representatives of civil society.
Shoukry stressed, during a speech at the opening session, that the meeting provides an opportunity to exchange visions and experiences on aspects of implementing international climate action, through activating the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate and fulfilling national pledges to reduce emissions, in addition to other pledges announced during the last session of the COP climate summit. 26.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs indicated that the issue of fulfilling climate pledges is a priority for the Egyptian presidency for the next session of the conference, and how to transform pledges into a tangible reality on the ground, expressing his hope that the meeting will contribute to assessing the current status of implementing pledges and determining how to work towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on the climate.
Egypt and Denmark cooperation
Sameh Shoukry met earlier today with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, as part of his current visit to Copenhagen, to further strengthen bilateral relations between Egypt and Denmark.
Shoukry expressed his country’s interest in increasing Danish investments and enhancing the Danish side’s participation in Egyptian development plans, as well as increasing cooperation in a number of fields and sectors, especially renewable energy, green economy, health care, pharmaceutical production, logistics, maritime transport, agriculture, and wealth development. fish.
Shoukry’s meeting dealt with the preparations that Egypt is making in light of its hosting and presidency of the COP27 climate summit, expressing his welcome to cooperate with Denmark among other international partners to make the conference a success.
At the beginning of his visit to Denmark, Shoukry held a tripartite meeting with Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jorgensen and British Minister of State Alok Sharma, on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting hosted by Denmark on implementing climate pledges.
During the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs presented Egypt’s vision for the expected results of the COP27 climate summit, as it aspires to represent an important step in implementing climate pledges and transforming them into an actual reality on the ground.
He pointed to the importance of maintaining the current momentum of international climate action in a way that raises the ceiling of ambitions, and makes the goal of stopping the rise in average temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach, in addition to stressing the need for climate pledges not to be affected by the geopolitical situation.
The meeting dealt with the importance of the involvement of all parties concerned with international climate action in the work and outcomes of the conference, as well as issues of adaptation to the repercussions of climate change and the losses and damages resulting from it, as well as providing climate finance in a manner that meets the needs of developing countries.
The participation of the Minister of Environment
On the other hand, the Egyptian Minister of Environment, Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy of the COP27 Climate Summit, held several meetings on the sidelines of her participation in the activities of the Copenhagen meeting to discuss adaptation, mitigation and financing for climate issues in the world within the official delegation of Egypt.
The Minister of Environment participated in the first adaptation session chaired by Egypt, during which 3 working groups were formed, with the aim of creating open and frank discussions among the participants, and focusing on achieving maximum progress towards common solutions, through joint work to discuss ways to implement comprehensive climate measures, with the situation Consider integrating gender, local communities and youth, and achieving a just transition.
Climate summit preparations
For her part, Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutouri, during her visit to Egypt, where the two sides discussed joint cooperation in light of the preparations for Egypt’s hosting of the Climate Summit. COP27, and strengthening future efforts to reduce disasters in light of Egypt’s development priorities.
Al-Mashat expressed her aspiration to enhance aspects of cooperation between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Egyptian government, in light of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which aims to build the capacity of nations and societies to confront disasters, prepare for them and reduce their risks, within the framework of government preparations. To host the COP27 climate summit at the end of this year.
Al-Mashat indicated that Egypt is keen to strengthen cooperation with all development partners to support development efforts on the one hand, and on the other hand, prepare for the United Nations Climate Conference, which is of great importance to the continent of Africa and the region as it seeks to achieve the transition to a green economy, promote climate action, and provide financing for adaptation projects. Mitigating the repercussions of climate change through international partnerships, and pushing forward innovative financing frameworks that open up partnership horizons for the private sector in implementing development projects.
stimulating climate action
The Minister of International Cooperation touched on government measures to stimulate climate action, as a higher committee was formed, headed by the Prime Minister, to prepare for the COP27 climate summit, and to continuously follow up on the necessary policies and procedures.
The Egyptian government is also working on the final draft of the National Climate Change Strategy 2050, with the aim of promoting climate action by preserving the environment and reducing disasters that may be caused by climate change.
The Minister of International Cooperation, Mami Mizutori, called for participation in the second edition of the Egypt Forum for International Cooperation and Development Finance for 2022, whose first edition was held in September 2021, explaining that the next edition will serve as a prelude to issues related to climate finance and shed light in particular on the continent of Africa. And its efforts to achieve green recovery, discuss food security issues and address development challenges, as well as discuss strengthening South-South cooperation to exchange experiences, visions and experiences between developing and emerging countries.
For her part, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction emphasized that building climate resilience requires the support of all actors, including governments, communities and businesses.
She explained the role of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in reducing climate-related disaster risks as a priority for the organization, and suggested that disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change are interrelated, at all levels and through the stages of analysis, planning and implementation, and the role of disaster risk reduction in avoiding, reducing and addressing losses.
She said that with regard to the COP27 climate summit, it will focus on making Sharm el-Sheikh the first center of resilience in Africa under the umbrella of the Resilience 2030 Program.
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