The Egyptian Participation in the Ministerial meeting on Climate Commitments in Copenhagen
Thursday، 12 May 2022 - 12:00 AM
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President-designate of the 2022 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit (COP27), and Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, the Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy of the COP27 Climate Conference, participated in the ministerial meeting hosted by Denmark on May 12-13 on climate commitments.
The meeting is co-chaired by Egypt, as the country hosting the upcoming COP27, and the United Kingdom, as the current president, with the participation of various ministers and officials of member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Executive Secretary of the Convention, and representatives of civil society.
The meeting coincides with the 30th anniversary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and represents an opportunity for discussing the executive steps required to push forward the path of climate commitments in light of the points agreed upon during the previous conferences, together with all commitments to Paris Agreement, and Glasgow Climate Pact.
This comes through focusing on issues of reducing carbon emissions, security climate funds, as well as related harms resulting from climate change, and adaptation to climate change implications.
The Opening Session
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President-designate of the 2022 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit (COP27), and Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, the Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy of the COP27 Climate Conference, took part in the Copenhagen ministerial meeting's opening session.
The opening session of the high-level ministerial meeting witnessed the attendance of ministers and heads of delegations from more than 50 countries, in addition to Selwyn Hart, the Representative of the UN Secretary-General, and Patricia Espinosa, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary.
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and a number of minsters and representatives of civil society took part in the opening session.
Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister and President-designate of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit (COP27), delivered a speech at the opening session of the ministerial meeting on securing delivery of climate commitments in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Shoukry affirmed that the meeting offered an opportunity on exchanging views and expertise regarding ways to implement the international climate action plan, through activating Paris UN Framework Convention on Climate.
He, also, underlined Egypt's keenness on rendering COP27 a balanced gathering, taking into consideration all parties' requirements.
Shoukry underscored the great priority Egypt would be attaching to fulfilling all climate commitments during COP27, as well as bringing all pledges on this score into reality.
The foreign minister, also, voiced hope the meeting would help assess the current situation and work out a mechanism toward realizing the outcome of Paris UN Framework Convention on Climate, together with all commitments announced during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, hosted by the UK last year.
Bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President-designate of the 2022 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit (COP27) met with UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and former head of the COP26 Alok Sharma and Danish Minister of Climate and Energy and Public Utilities Dan Jorgensen.
During the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reviewed Egypt's ongoing preparations to host the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, highlighting his keenness, as the designated president of the 27th session of the Conference, to consult with all concerned parties and listen to their visions on various climate issues, with the aim of producing balanced results that take into account different priorities and concerns of the parties.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen as part of his visit to Copenhagen.
During the meeting, Shoukry asserted Egypt’s interest in bolstering relations with Denmark at the political, economic, cultural, and parliamentary levels.
He said Egypt is looking forward to boosting trade exchange with Denmark and opening up the space for increasing Egyptian exports to the Scandinavian country.
Shoukry emphasized Egypt’s interest in boosting Danish investments, promoting Denmark’s participation in Egyptian development plans, and increasing bilateral cooperation in a number of fields and sectors, foremost of which are renewable energy, green economy, healthcare, pharmaceutical production, logistics services, maritime transport, agriculture, and fisheries development.
He also lauded existing Danish projects in Egypt, which he said confirm the high returns on investment in Egypt.
In this regard, the Egyptian minister expressed hope that Danish companies would make use of the great investment opportunities available in his country.
Shoukry reviewed Egypt’s preparations for hosting the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), welcoming cooperation with Denmark to ensure its success.
Meanwhile, the Danish prime minister said her country attaches importance to promoting its cooperation with Egypt and aspires to propel various aspects of bilateral relations; given Egypt’s position as a pivotal partner in the Middle East.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Pepe Kofod held talks with the participation of delegations of the two countries to discuss all files of bilateral relations and ways to advance them.
Shoukry stressed the aspiration to enhance the various files of cooperation between Egypt and Denmark and to continue to exchange visits at various levels.
He welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Egyptian and Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs regarding high-level political consultations on bilateral relations and other regional and international issues of common concern, adding that this would raise the level of cooperation and coordination between the two countries.
Shoukry, also, praised Danish projects in Egypt and stressed the importance of pumping more investments in light of opportunities offered by the ongoing comprehensive development process in Egypt, including the field of green transformation.
The two sides further discussed means of boosting cooperation between Egypt and Denmark in light of Egypt's hosting and presidency of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).
The talks also dealt with consultation between Egypt and the European Union and the aspiration for Denmark's support of various cooperation files between the two sides.
The two sides exchanged views on the crisis in Ukraine and its repercussions, developments in the Palestinian cause and the situation in Libya and Syria.
They, also, discussed combating terrorism particularly Denmark's support for Egypt in the fight against terrorism.
At the conclusion of the talks, the two ministers agreed on the need to enhance bilateral cooperation and continue with bilateral consultation and coordination.
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, the Ministerial Envoy of the COP27 Climate Conference, participated in a three-way meeting held by Foreign Minister and president-designate of the 2022 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit (COP27) Sameh Shoukri and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and former head of the COP26 Alok Sharma and Danish Minister of Climate and Energy and Public Utilities Dan Jorgensen.
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, met with the head of the Swiss delegation to discuss cooperation between the two sides in the field of the carbon market to discuss adaptation, mitigation and financing for climate issues.
The Minister of Environment met with Ms. Ève Bazaiba, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to discuss preparations for the preparatory conference for COP27, which will be hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo next October, in preparation for the 27th Conference of Parties to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh next November.
For her part, the Congolese Minister of Environment emphasized the strong relationship between the two countries, which extends for many years, asserting that she supports Egypt's hosting of the climate conference to meet the needs of the African continent.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President-designate of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27), participated in a working dinner hosted by the Danish side on the occasion of the ministerial meeting on the implementation of climate commitments, in the presence of His Highness Prince Frederick, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Denmark.
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Shoukry referred to what was agreed upon at the last session of the conference in Glasgow to enhance contributions in the field of emissions reduction, stressing the need to move quickly to implement climate pledges.
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