Climate Summit COP 27..Egypt requests UN support to confront water and food security crises - Energy

Egypt continues its preparations for holding the COP27 climate summit, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in November of this year, through intensive meetings with world leaders and international organizations.

The Egyptian Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, met with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, to discuss climate change issues, in the presence of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt Elena Panova, according to a statement published by the official page of the Egyptian Cabinet on Facebook.

The Egyptian Minister of Environment said that the COP27 climate summit will build on the outcomes of the COP26 conference, which had many successful outcomes, such as the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the opening of action programs such as adaptation to climate change and climate finance, which are two of the most important topics for developing countries.

She added that she will participate, next week, in the first informal ministerial discussions on adaptation, which is one of the important topics for Egypt, which aims to maintain a balance between mitigation and adaptation and maintain the 1.5°C target, in addition to updating the nationally determined contributions and providing support to developing countries.

Egyptian success stories

The Minister of Environment explained that the COP27 climate summit is an implementation conference, so Egypt gathers Egyptian success stories to be presented during it, in various fields such as agriculture, fishing, women, policy and investment programs.

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The Egyptian Minister of Environment’s meeting with the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for risk reduction – Photo from the Cabinet’s Facebook page (May 14, 2022)

She pointed out that the conference will emphasize the collection of all technological solutions at the global level, and work to support communities exposed to the risks of climate change, through the application of those solutions and technologies in these countries.

Work is also underway to implement initiatives, which will be announced during the COP27 climate summit, including initiatives on adaptation and food security.

The Minister stressed the importance of supporting the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in the areas of water, food security and early warning, in addition to presenting success stories in the field of modern technologies and their ability to reduce disaster risks.

Fouad reviewed efforts to make Sharm El Sheikh a green city, such as converting transportation to work with electricity, and declaring a group of green and sustainable hotels,

It also touched on efforts to transform this city to the use of renewable energy, and training hotel workers on sustainability standards for restaurants and diving centers, which received the Green Star, in addition to implementing the solid waste system.

From this point of view, the Minister indicated that it is possible to work on declaring Sharm El-Sheikh the first center for resilience in Africa, and obtaining the ISO certificate, and this could be announced on the sidelines of the upcoming Sustainable Cities Conference.

United Nations cooperation

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mami Mizutori, confirmed that the implementation of what the Minister of Environment requested in the areas of adaptation, mitigation and resilience, in addition to cooperation with Egypt in reducing risks and disasters, and supporting the acceleration of climate finance and adaptation finance from the private and public sectors.

She explained that work will also be conducted on how to measure financing adaptation to climate change, and work on measuring indicators of loss and damage and measuring indicators of disaster reduction.

With regard to initiatives, she emphasized the readiness to cooperate in water initiatives and early warning, and to collect success stories, as the office has a website that includes more success stories.

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Egyptian Minister of Planning Dr. Hala Al-Saeed during the roundtable of the Official Financial and Monetary Institutions Forum – Photo from the Egyptian Cabinet page (May 14, 2022)

She pointed out that the establishment of a Center for Climate Excellence and Resilience with Disasters last October in Geneva, to help countries at risk, as it includes 13 organizations, and aims to link climate change and reduce disaster risks.

sustainable development in Egypt

In a separate context, the Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hala Al-Saeed, participated in the round table of the Forum of Official Financial and Monetary Institutions, where she discussed the report on financing sustainable development and Egypt’s hosting of the COP27 climate summit.

The Egyptian Minister of Planning said that her country is making great strides towards combating climate change, by shifting to a sustainable green economy.

Dr. Hala Al-Saeed pointed out that the COP27 Climate Summit opens the door to more opportunities for cooperation and partnerships, and mobilizes all stakeholders to actively participate in climate action.

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