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Egypt's participation in Africa Climate Week 2022

Monday، 29 August 2022 - 06:55 PM

Foreign Minister and President Designate of the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) Sameh Shoukry attended Monday Africa Climate Week 2022 (ACW), which is currently being held in Gabon.

The ACW is being held in the presence of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba along with a host of senior officials, who are concerned with climate change.

This year’s ACW, which will run until September 2, is a crucial step on the road to COP27 that Egypt will host in November in Sharm El-Sheikh, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) website.

The Opening Ceremony

The Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of Africa Climate Week 2022 (ACW)

The Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said that Africa is one of the most places that suffers from the impact of climate change, especially with the population density several parts of the continent.

Shoukry added that “the world is facing escalating challenges over geopolitical changes, energy crises, food security, as well as climate change…Developing nations in Africa need to deal with all these repercussions on top of internal difficulties such as the challenges of development…Egypt understands these challenges and continues to deal with them and to evaluate the progress of previous vows.”

The foreign minister also said that Africa is committed to spending 2-3 percent of its suffering economy each year to counter climate change. Meanwhile, Africa’s share of greenhouse gas emissions is only four percent. These figures, he said, show the African responsibility but also the lack of “climate justice.”

He called on all African communities of governments, youths, women, the civil society, and the African private sector to press for climate justice to counter the changes.

Shoukry concluded his speech by thanking Gabon for hosting the Africa Climate Week, saying it is a vital platform to deal with the African needs and challenges against the phenomenon.

In addition, Shoukry participated in a ministerial roundtable held by Gabonese Minister of Water, Forests, the sea and Environment Lee White along with other African ministers of climate and environment.

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, the roundtable reviewed the development in climate work since COP26 in Glasgow and the preparation for the upcoming COP27.

Shoukry also reviewed the vision of the Egyptian COP27 presidency on all climate issues especially adaption and mitigation of its repercussions, addressing losses and damages and mobilising financial resources for adaption.

Shoukry expressed his aspiration that this event would contribute to crystalising a unified African position during COP27 with the aim of making it successful and enhancing climate action on all levels.

Meetings of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines of his participation in the Africa Climate Week 2022

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the President of the Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba, where he handed over the invitation letter addressed to him by the President of the Republic to participate in the World Leaders Summit on November 7-8, which will be held within the framework of the COP27 Conference.

They also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Gabon in various fields, and exchanged visions on various issues of common concern on the continental and international arenas.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Gabonese Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adam, as part of his participation in the Africa Climate Week 2022, to consult and exchange viewpoints on different continental and international issues of priority.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President Designate of the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), met with Gabonese Environment Minister Lee White on the sidelines of the ACW's activities.

Shoukry praised great efforts exerted by Gabon on climate change issues.

Shoukry, also, commended fruitful cooperation and coordination between Egypt and Gabon on climate issues, hoping that the Gabonese side would play an effective role at the COP27.

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