Egypt's participation in the meetings of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly
Sunday، 18 September 2022 - 12:00 AM
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Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly
At the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77), the United States will reinforce the President’s commitment to multilateral action by engaging actively across the full spectrum of UNGA events and activities.
UNGA 77 opens September 13, 2022, with High-Level Week taking place September 19-23 in New York.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shourky is participating the High-Level Meetings of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77), which will be held in New York from 19 to 26 September 2022.
Under the theme “Solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science”, the event is due to discuss the most pressing challenges facing people worldwide, topped by food security, energy prices and supply chain disruptions.
It also addresses the common intertwined challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, global food and energy crises, the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and aspirations for attaining the goals of sustainable development (SDGs).
In light of these challenges, Egypt, as the host of the upcoming global climate conference (COP27), is expected to play a critical role in this year's session.
The Minister's Agenda
In addition to bilateral meetings with counterparts and relevant international officials, Shoukry will participate in a number of important meetings and events during his trip, including the Munich-format meeting to advance the Middle East peace process.
The minister's agenda also includes a ministerial meeting on the importance of water for ensuring food security, a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on coordinating international aid to the Palestinian people, a ministerial meeting in support of The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
It also includes a meeting of a five-member committee on Yemen, and the ministerial meeting of the Ancient Civilizations Forum that will be held under the presidency of Iraq.
Shoukry will also participate in a high-level meeting on food security, a roundtable event on regional stability and coordination in the Middle East, and a high-level Chinese-led dialogue on the Global Development Initiative, announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping last year.
He will also attend a ministerial meeting for the Group of 77 and China, which will tackle energy and food crises, a ministerial meeting for member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and a ministerial meeting for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Foreign Minister Sameh Shourky will also take part in a high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a meeting on successful UN-peacekeeping missions, and a high-level meeting on climate change.
International Cooperation Minister Rania al-Mashat is also participating in many events held within the activities of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Mashat is scheduled to attend several events which will be held as part of the proceedings of the 77th session of the UNGA.
Mashat will participate in the UN Global Compact Summit, which will bring together high-level speakers, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohamed.
The minister’s agenda also includes an event organized by the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) along with several meetings organized by the World Economic Forum on climate action.
The minister will also take part on the sidelines of the event with a development partners as well as number of senior officials from the UN and the private sector with the aim of enhancing talks which attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate action.
Egypt’s Participation Activities
Day 1: 19-9-2022
On the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President Designate of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) addressed the a high-level meeting of the Group of 77 (G-77), held on the fringes of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77), to discuss the loss and damage arising from climate change
Shoukry said the loss and damage from climate change is a principal issue on the global climate action agenda.
The foreign minister noted that Egypt, as the host of COP27, held unofficial consultations on September 10-11 for a convergence of relevant views among the parties concerned.
Shoukry said he is looking forward to an active engagement from all climate change stakeholders, including the G-77, in dealing with the loss and damage caused by climate change in a way that helps COP27 come up with positive results.Minister’s meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly:
The discussions reflected the distinguished ties binding Egypt and Portugal, which are manifested in the existing cooperation in the education sphere, as a Portuguese university is scheduled to be inaugurated in the New Administration Capital.
The meeting also discussed the close cooperation between the two countries in the health sector along with their engagement in three-way cooperation in Africa.
The two ministers reviewed the latest developments in a host of regional and international issues, including the situation in Libya as well as the Ukraine crisis and its impact on the food and energy supply chains.
They also probed the latest preparations for COP27, which will be hosted by Egypt in November.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shourky met with his Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra to preparations for the upcoming UN Conference for the global midterm comprehensive review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028, to be co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands in 2023.
During a meeting on the fringes of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) on Monday, Shoukry also responded to Hoekstra's inquiries about Egypt's arrangements for the upcoming global climate summit (COP27) to take place in the iconic Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Shiekh in November.
Shoukry also briefed his Dutch counterpart on the main features and objectives of Egypt's vision for the global climate conference, including the need to reach an international consensus on a clear-cut plan to achieve the goals of global climate action, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.
The two sides also probed the latest developments in the Ukrainian crises and its economic implications on developing nations, especially in Africa.
They also discussed the current geostrategic situation at the global level, along with a raft of international issues of mutual concern.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt.
During the meeting, Shoukry hailed the rapidly increasing Norwegian investments in Egypt, especially in renewable energy, green hydrogen industry and chemical industries.
He said that he is looking forward to expanding Norwegian's investments in Egypt to cover food and agricultural industries, natural gas liquefaction and maritime shipping.
The meeting focused on bilateral ties and ways of boosting them, discussing cooperation between the Sovereign Fund of Egypt and Norwegian sovereign fund to implement development projects in a number of African countries along with Norway's support for the projects and development programs in Egypt.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Maltese Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg.
During the meeting, the two sides welcomed the progress made so far in intensifying mechanisms of political consultation between Egypt and Malta, said the spokesman.
Shoukry also hailed the agreement signed last March between the Sovereign Fund of Egypt, Malta Government, and Bpifrance, a French national investment bank, to establish the “Institution for Sovereign Wealth Funds in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa” in Malta, which lays the foundation for a network of cooperation between the countries of the Mediterranean Basin region.
The Egyptian foreign minister also congratulated the Maltese minister on becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, saying that Egypt stands fully ready to hold coordination with Malta toward a host of regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković, asserting that the two countries enjoy an "extended friendship and a solid partnership"
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
The two ministers expressed their appreciation for the progress recently seen in bilateral relations, which were manifested in a greater trade exchange and the meeting of a joint trade committee in July.
Meanwhile, Shoukry welcomed the Indian companies' interest in doing business in Egypt, especially in green hydrogen projects in the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone).
The two ministers underlined the importance of sharing both countries' experiences in several areas of development.
They also agreed to work on enhancing mechanisms of mutual consultation and coordination, especially in light of India's forthcoming presidency of the G-20 leaders' summit in New Delhi in 2023.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking.
Shoukry briefed US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking on Egypt's efforts to consolidate the truce reached by Yemen's warring parties in April.
Shoukry said Cairo continues to support Yemenis, as well as to pursue all the efforts necessary for settling Yemen's crisis and easing the humanitarian burden on its people.
The two sides reviewed the latest developments in the conflict-torn country.
Meanwhile, Lenderking asserted Washington's support for the UN envoy's efforts meant to extend the long-sought truce beyond its expiry date of October 2.
Shoukry and Lenderking also discussed the problem posed by FSO SAFER oil tanker, one of the world’s largest shipping vessels that had been carrying over one million barrels of crude oil before it was moored off Yemen’s Red Sea coast for over 30 years.
They agreed on the need to support the UN efforts aimed at mobilizing the funds necessary to deal with this problem to prevent any ecological repercussions.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna to discuss bilateral relations, with focus on economic cooperation.
The meeting addressed France’s constructive efforts to restore stability in many areas of conflict worldwide.
It also discussed the situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Sudan.
Shoukry said he is looking forward to France’s high-level participation in the upcoming climate summit, COP27, which will be held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh in November.
He made it clear that both sides also discussed means of boosting economic and investment cooperation between their countries.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides, where they agreed on promoting various aspects of trade and economic cooperation and activating the memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries in the electrical interconnection field.
The meeting manifested how Egypt-Cyprus relations are special, with Shoukry and Kasoulides probing the course of bilateral relations and coordination of stances in international forums in general, and the United Nations in particular.
During the meeting, the Egyptian foreign minister congratulated Kasoulides on the latest natural gas discovery in Cyprus, expressing his aspiration to coordinate positions ahead of the ministerial meeting of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum, to be hosted by Nicosia in October.The two ministers also probed a number of key regional files, topped by the latest development of the situation in Libya.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, where they stressed the importance of the strategic partnership between their countries, believing it is the main pillar of security and stability in the Middle East.
The top diplomats agreed on the need to upgrade such relationship between Cairo and Washington.
Shoukry and Blinken discussed regional and international developments of mutual concern, particularly the situation in Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Palestinian territories, in addition to the Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam.
The top diplomats also talked about preparations for the upcoming international climate summit, COP27, which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry concluded his first day activities by a meeting with members of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), at the United Nations in New York.
Shoukry said that Egypt eyes more investments in the renewable and clean energy sectors including solar, wind and green hydrogen energies to increase its energy investment share to reach 42 percent by 2035.
Shoukry shed light on relations between Egypt and the United States as the two countries celebrate this year the centennial anniversary of establishing relations between them.
He said that Egypt is the biggest trade partner for the United States in Africa and at the same time the two sides continue coordination on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Shoukry also reviewed Egypt's efforts to become a regional hub for energy in light of its role in launching the Mediterranean Gas Forum as well as its potentials that enable it to facilitate gas energy resources to Europe.
Shoukry, further, explained Egypt's vision during its presidency of the climate change conference (COP27) as well as its efforts to promote dialogue and coordination to face the climate change effects.
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, participated in a panel discussion, organized by the World Economic Forum, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which focused on the role of non-profit organizations in enhancing climate action.
Al-Mashat stressed the importance of benefiting from non-profit organizations, which have massive resources, to fund the goals of climate action, especially in developing countries.
She pointed to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's estimation of the climate finance gap, which reaches $2.5 trillion every year, asserting the necessity of multilateral cooperation and mobilizing enough resources to fill the gap.
The minister mentioned the SDG Group foundation's estimation, which stated that the non-profit organizations could offer $651 billion to achieve sustainable development goals by 2030, saying only 2% of their resources were directed to climate finance since 2020.
She said governments bear 98% of the funding of climate change adaption projects, while the remaining 2 percent is financed by the private sector.
The minister also underlined the need to enhance coordination between international financial institutions and the public and private sectors' institutions to counter any future challenges or shocks.
She noted that the United Nations climate change conference, COP27, set to be hosted by Egypt in November, prioritizes stimulating climate adaption projects.
The minister, further, urged to intensify international efforts for supporting developing countries, particularly African ones, and providing the necessary financing for climate adaption projects.
Minister of International Cooperation Rania el Mashat conferred with Executive Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans on partnerships between Egypt and the European Union and efforts exerted to boost the transition to the green economy in addition to future steps taken to support the national platform of the projects of green program of Nexus of Water, Food and Energy (NWFE).
During the meeting, Mashat lauded the fruitful cooperation between Egypt and the EU and efforts in the field of developmental cooperation.
The meeting tackled joint work to support the national platform of the green program of NWFE.
Mashat said that the national platform includes a group of projects varying between the fields of adaption and easing repercussions of climate change under the umbrella of the national strategy of climate change COP 27of 2050 that was launched recently by Egypt.
Day 2: 20-9-2022
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Burundian Foreign Minister Albert Shinjiro, where the meeting focused on ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
Shoukry emphasized Egypt’s keenness to bolster its relations with Burundi in various fields.
The Egyptian foreign minister reviewed the executive steps taken as regards the agreements reached during Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye's latest visit to Egypt in several sectors, most notably electricity, health, agricultural production, construction and infrastructure.
The meeting also touched on providing scholarships in Egypt for Burundian students.
The two ministers probed means of developing bilateral relations in addition to Africa’s climate-related priorities to be raised during the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), set to be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh in November.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto, where the meeting underscored the needs to finalize pending contract frameworks on launching regular flight routes between both countries.
The ministers reaffirmed the need to boost agricultural and fishing cooperation and open new horizons for cooperation in the domains of renewable energy, communications and information technology and digital services.
Shoukry reviewed possible investment opportunities available in Egypt in these sectors.
Both sides also touched upon a number of regional and international issues, including the Ukrainian crisis and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and the latest developments in Libya, Syria and Africa,
For his part, Haavisto lauded Egypt's wise policies and leading role in supporting stability in the region.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Belgium's Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Federal Cultural Institutions Hadja Lahbib on the sidelines of their participation at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Shoukry voiced Egypt's keenness to enhance bilateral ties with Belgium in the coming period and build on the results of the fruitful visit of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Belgium in February
Shoukry underlined the need to support the economies of developing countries to face the current crises of food and energy.
The ministers reviewed stances on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, particularly the Ukrainian crisis and the Libyan and Palestinian files.
Shoukry also briefed Lahbib on the latest as regards Egypt's preparations for hosting the United Nations climate change conference, COP27, in November.
The Ministerial meeting of the Tripartite Cooperation Mechanism
A ministerial meeting of the tripartite cooperation mechanism that groups Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, was held on the sidelines of UN General Assembly meetings in New York.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Greek and Cypriot counterparts Nikos Dendias and Ioannis Kasoulides, respectively, reaffirmed the strength and depth of the well-established strategic relations which Cairo, Athens and Nicosia enjoy in all fields and at all levels.
The meeting reiterated that the tripartite cooperation mechanism has become a main pivot of the three countries’ foreign policy, especially at the present time, which is witnessing many regional and international developments and unprecedented challenges.
In this context, Shoukry highlighted the importance of building on the positive results of the last trilateral summit, implementing the agreed on projects and fostering the three-way cooperation in the fields of energy and gas discoveries in the Mediterranean and electrical interconnection to facilitate the export of electricity from Egypt to European Union countries.
The meeting also dealt with the latest regional developments of common interest, especially in the eastern and southern Mediterranean, most importantly the Libyan crisis and ways to intensify consultation and coordination in support of the stability and security of the region in addition to Egyptian efforts to confront illegal migration, the spokesman said, adding that the top diplomats agreed on the necessity of continuing close coordination in various international and regional for addressing global as well as regional developments.
Preparations for Egypt's hosting of the 2022 UN climate conference, COP27, were reviewed, with Egypt expressing its hope to see a high-level participation from Cyprus and Greece in the event that is set to convene in its Red Sea resort city of Sharm ElSheikh in November.
The three sides stressed the need for the conference to come out with results and reach consensus to stimulate global climate action in light of the environmental and economic challenges facing the world, especially in the areas of energy and food.
The Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, President-designate of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), participated in the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative (GDI).
Shoukry greatly appreciated efforts of China, who chaired that meeting with the aim to exchange know-how about the different aspects of development to help quickly implement the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals.
Shoukry stressed that Egypt is keen on including all views and aspirations of developing countries in the agenda of COP27, which it hosts in November, in order to turn them into facts that would contribute to achieving sustainable development goals.
Shoukry said his country is convinced that international cooperation mechanisms need to be revised to guarantee sustainable development goals are achieved at the social, economic and environmental levels, stressing the need to enhance international partnerships to achieve development.
On behalf of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attended a working dinner of leaders of countries taking part in the 77th UN General Assembly in New York to discuss a number of pressing and top-priority economic files.
The dinner was called for by French President Emmanuel Macron in honor of President El-Sisi, which focused on Egypt’s efforts to face the increase in energy prices that negatively affected economic development in many developing countries.
Shoukry made it clear that the current global circumstances entailed intensified efforts for Egypt to become a regional energy hub, stressing that this is done through enhanced coordination among Middle East countries, where natural gas production, liquefaction and export is concerned.
Shoukry also touched upon efforts to implement electricity linkage projects between African and European countries, as well as investment in renewable and clean energy sources.
He also talked about the global food security problem, which spilled over into the economy of Egypt, a net food-importing developing country.
Shoukry urged countries with food surplus need to facilitate supplies to net food-importing countries and remove restrictions on food exports.
He pressed for action to help developing countries increase their food production, stressing the need to encourage scientific research in the field of agriculture and to boost technical cooperation in relevant fields.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto.
During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed promising investment opportunities in Egypt, stressing the need for further promoting cooperation between the two countries, especially at the economic level.
The two ministers also said that they are looking forward to the convocation of the fourth session of the Egyptian-Hungarian Joint Committee in Budapest in the coming period.
Shoukry also reviewed the ongoing efforts to combat illegal immigration, affirming the comprehensive approach that Egypt has been adopting at the national level to deter illegal immigration, according to the spokesman.
He, further, underlined the importance of cooperation to implement development projects in order to combat illegal immigration.
The two ministers also discussed the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its lingering impact on food and energy across the globe.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop at the headquarters of Egypt's permanent mission to the UN in New York on the fringe of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77).
During the meeting, Shoukry voiced Egypt's keenness on promoting bilateral ties with Mali, affirming Egypt's unwavering support for all efforts meant to settle disputes through peaceful means in order to protect the sovereignty of Mali and its territorial integrity.
Shoukry also said that a comprehensive approach is needed to handle the crises in Mali, asserting that Egypt stands fully ready to contribute to the reconstruction and development efforts in the Sahel region
He reviewed Egypt's pioneering role in combating terrorism and extremist ideologies, said the spokesman.
The minister further said that Al Azhar can contribute to spreading the teachings of moderate Islam in Mali, according to the spokesman.
He also said that Mali could very well benefit from the role of the Sahel and Sahara Counter-terrorism Center, which was recently inaugurated in Cairo.
Shoukry, further, affirmed that Egypt is keen on providing support for Mali in the various spheres, especially in the health sphere, and providing the necessary medical equipment.
A roundtable on "Progress Shaping an Africa-Led Just Energy Transition
The Minister of International Cooperation H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat participated in a roundtable on “Progress Shaping an Africa-Led Just Energy Transition”, organized by the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) as part of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York.
This also included ministers from a number of African States, including Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal, as well as Frans Timmermans, the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, and Cristina Duarte, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Africa, and a number of development partners and UN agencies to discuss mechanisms for an equitable green transition within the continent.
Organized by the SEforALL, an international organization that works in partnership with the UN and government leaders, private sector, financial institutions, and philanthropies, to drive faster action towards the achievement of SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate.
In her remarks, Al-Mashat stated that Egypt had launched its Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy 2035, aiming to increase renewable energy by 42% in 2035. The country has taken several steps towards achieving this goal. Moreover, the National Climate Change Strategy 2050 was also launched, driving adaptation and mitigation efforts, and also announced its nationally determined contribution (NDCs), low-emission economic growth, and enhanced resilience to climate change; also pushing the continent’s green agenda during, and beyond, the COP27.
During the global SEforALL Forum in Kigali from May 17 to 19, 2022, ministers and high-level representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe met to discuss the requirements for a just and equitable energy transition in Africa. This concluded with the Kigali Communique, which includes seven key principles to address development gaps, and to put Africa on a pathway aligned with the Paris Agreement on climate change, to economic prosperity and Net-Zero.
Al-Mashat said that the points in the aforementioned communique emphasize the common denominator of the objectives of all African countries in terms of a just, green transition and the expansion of sustainable energy sources. The Minister added that Egypt has been taking steps to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs, particularly those related to sustainable energy and climate action.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in an event organized by the American Chamber of Commerce on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Addressing the event, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that the private sector in developing countries has a special responsibility to shift towards environmentally-friendly economies through investing in the green economy and providing technological solutions.
Shoukry said Egypt seeks to reach balanced results on all priorities of international climate action, especially issues of adaptation to climate change, mitigation of its effects, and provision of climate finance.
He also expressed Egypt's aspiration that the COP27 conference would contribute to implementing climate-related pledges, stressing hope that recent global developments would not affect efforts aimed to confront climate change.
Shoukry affirmed Egypt's confidence that cooperation among all bodies concerned, including the private sector, is necessary to achieve climate action goals.
Day 3: 21-9-2022
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The meeting dealt with how the European Union could support Egypt to mitigate the negative impacts of the food crisis.
Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt has all the necessary capabilities to achieve a strategic partnership with the European Union in the field of energy.
stressed the importance of moving forward with the implementation of the projects that were agreed upon within the framework of the EU-Egypt association agreement.
He also pressed for continuing dialogue between Egypt and the European Union to overcome obstacles hindering the increase of trade exchange between the two sides.
He also highlighted Egypt's efforts to increase its exports to European markets through benefiting from the European strategic transformation process.
Shoukry noted Egypt is willing to enhance cooperation with the European Union in a way that reflects the depth of the long-standing economic partnership between the two sides.
The meeting also tackled the latest developments in Ukraine and Libya, with the foreign minister affirming the priorities attached by Egypt to the issues of adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its impacts during the 2022 UN climate conference, COP27, which will be held in Sharm El Sheikh in November.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President Designate of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) participated in the meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), held on the fringe of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The foreign minister conveyed the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to his Kenyan counterpart William Ruto on assuming duties as CAHOSCC coordinator, noting that Africa is counting on the committee to enhance climate change-related African action,.
He said that the global event will adopt a comprehensive approach that ensures the effective engagement of all stakeholders involved in international climate action, including the private sector and civil society.
Shoukry reviewed the Egyptian presidency’s vision for COP27 in addition to the conference’s various activities, stressing that since it will be held in Africa, COP27 has to address African concerns on climate, including the implementation of climate pledges, a just transition towards a green economy, adaptation to climate change, addressing the loss and damage suffered as a result, as well as providing appropriate climate finance for developing countries, especially in Africa.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with British counterpart James Cleverly in New York on the sidelines of the 77th round of the UNGA.
The two top diplomats pointed out to holding the first session of the Egypt-UK Association Council in July and launching the joint sub-committee of trade and investment to boost economic and commercial cooperation between both countries.
Shoukry asserted the keenness of the Egyptian government to increase British investments in the Egyptian market especially in the field of energy and agriculture.
Meanwhile, James Cleverly lauded the leap witnessed in the sectors of infrastructure and roads in Egypt in the recent period.
Shoukry welcomed the positive steps taken by the British government to encourage the flow of British tourists to Egypt, saying that Egypt is looking forward to boosting cooperation in the field of tourism.
The meeting tackled a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, topped by the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis on the global economy.
Shoukry asserted the importance of presenting support to the developing countries to contain the negative repercussions of this crisis on the supply chains of food and energy.
Shoukry also posted Cleverly on the ongoing preparations for Egypt’s hosting of COP27 in November.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President Designate of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) participated in Bloomberg Forum on climate action, which is organized by the Bloomberg philanthropic organization on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The forum brought together members of the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions – including businesses, cities, regions, financial institutions, and civil and cultural leaders – to chart progress and showcase subnational actors raising the bar on net zero delivery and building resilience ahead of COP27.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the President Designate of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, reviewed the vision of the Egyptian presidency of the conference on ways to enhance international climate action, taking into account the existing international challenges in connection with the current geopolitical developments that have cast a shadow on efforts to implement climate pledges and cut emissions.
Shoukry said the Egyptian presidency of COP27 wants the conference to build on what has been achieved during previous global climate conferences, for it hopes that the 2022 edition would be a landmark event in terms of implementing climate pledges and boosting confidence among the various parties to the climate negotiations.
The minister affirmed the importance of the role played by the private sector in implementing climate pledges and transforming them into a tangible reality on the ground and underlined the need for strengthening international climate action at various levels, especially with regard to adaptation, mitigation, addressing losses and providing climate finance.
Munich Ministerial Meeting on the Middle East Peace Process
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan participated in Munich Ministerial Meeting On the Middle East Peace Process, in the presence of special guests Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland, to consult and coordinate their policies with a view to advancing the Middle East Peace Process towards a just, comprehensive and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution.
A joint statement was issued at the meeting, which included the following:
1. We are meeting today in New York, alongside the 77th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, to recall our common commitment to a multilateral rules-based international order as the basis for peace, security and development. We also stress the urgency to counter any efforts to undermine it.
2. We emphasize that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the two-state solution is indispensable for comprehensive peace in the region. We remain firmly committed to enabling and supporting all efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace in the Middle East based on international law, relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and agreed parameters, including the Arab Peace Initiative. We reiterate our conviction that only a negotiated two-state solution based on June 4, 1967 lines, and consistent with relevant UN Security Council resolution ensuring an independent, contiguous and viable Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel, can fulfill the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.
3. We recall the urgency of resuming direct, serious, meaningful and effective negotiations between the parties at the earliest possible point in time. In the absence of such negotiations, we underline the importance of urgently creating political and economic horizons, in order to preserve the prospects of the two-state solution, including by exploring the possibility of a comprehensive regional approach to peace. We encourage further mutual confidence-building measures based on reciprocal commitments, with a view to improving living conditions for the Palestinian people, bearing in mind the positive impact of better economic conditions on security.
4. We stress the need for an immediate and complete cessation of all unilateral actions, acts of violence against civilians and pressure against civil society, as well as all acts of provocation and incitement and emphasize the obligation of all parties to respect international law and international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians can live in peace, security and dignity. We deplore the high number of civilians killed in recent weeks and months, including a number of children and women, and stress the need to ensure and prioritize their protection.
5. We stress the need to refrain from all unilateral measures that undermine the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects of a just and lasting peace, and underline the importance of respecting and preserving the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all the occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem. This includes the need to immediately cease all settlement activities, the confiscation of land and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes, in violation of international law. In this context, we reiterate our particular concern regarding the eviction of the inhabitants of the “Masafer Yatta” region, and stress that the rights of the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods with regard to their homes must be respected.
6. We express our concern regarding recent escalations in Jerusalem and underline the importance of respecting and upholding the status quo of Jerusalem’s Holy sites. In this respect, we recall the importance of the Hashemite custodianship of the Holy sites in Jerusalem. Also, religious holidays must never be instrumentalized for political purposes.
7. We recall the need to take necessary steps to produce a fundamental change to the political, security and economic situation in the Gaza Strip, In this regard, we commend the important role played by Egypt and UNSCO in efforts to stop the last round of escalation in and around Gaza and call for a full respect of the cease-fire by all parties.
8. We reaffirm the indispensable role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in providing humanitarian assistance and essential services and the need to provide it with the political and financial support to fulfill its UN General Assembly mandate ahead of its renewal by the end of this year. We welcome the Ministerial-level meeting on the margins of the 77th United Nations General Assembly high-level segment, hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Sweden, to discuss the serious human rights, development, political, and security ramifications of UNRWA’s financial crisis.
9. We will continue to work with all parties to create realistic horizons for the resumption of a credible political process and will explore options to cooperate with international and regional partners in this regard. We stress that the attainment of a just and lasting peace is a strategic objective that is in the interest of all parties and key to security and stability in the region.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry conferred with Irish Foreign and Defense Minister Simon Coveney on means of enhancing bilateral ties in light of the current boost in the Egyptian-EU relations.
The ministers tackled means to invest the promising potentials of cooperation between Egypt and Ireland in a number of sectors topped by renewable energy, communication, information technology, digitization, medical and pharmaceutical industries and food industries.
Coveney was keen on standing on all the organizational developments related to Egypt's hosting the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27).
The meeting also reviewed a number of regional issues, including the Egyptian stance towards the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam issue in addition to the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and means to revive the peace process.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Shoukry stressed Egypt's stand on solving the Ukrainian crisis through dialogue and diplomatic channels to reach a political settlement.
Shoukry underlined the need to settle the Ukrainian crisis in light of its negative repercussions on the international economy, especially as the energy and food crises are affecting developing countries, including Egypt.
The ministers reviewed the latest developments of the Ukrainian crisis and discussed means to boost Egyptian-Russian ties to serve the interests of both countries.
They also probed a number of regional issues, including the Libyan crisis, the Palestinian cause and conditions in Syria and Iraq, underscoring the need to bring about stability in the Middle East.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković, where they had talks on means of promoting bilateral cooperation in various domains, especially the economic one.
The talks took place on the fringe of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) in New York.
The meeting falls within the framework of enhancing bilateral ties and building on President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's visit to Serbia in July.
Shoukry and Selaković said they are looking forward to holding the 19th session of the joint economic committee in Cairo after being elevated to the foreign ministers level.
They also discussed means of holding the second meeting of the joint business council and the Egyptian-Serbian business forum on the fringe of the committee meeting in Cairo.
The talks also tackled the Ukrainian crisis and its fallout on the international economy.
The two ministers also reviewed preparations for the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) which will be held in Egypt in November.
Day 4: 22-9-2022
A Meeting of the Global Energy Alliance for Peopla and Planet's Global Leadership Council
International Cooperation Minister Rania el Mashat participated in a meeting of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet's Global Leadership Council, which was held as part of the proceedings of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) in New York , under the theme, "A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges", to address the triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
The meetings discuss a number of important topics, notably food insecurity, energy prices and disruption of global supply chains.
Mashat accentuated the importance of rallying international efforts to push forward the climate action agenda that is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mashat, meanwhile, focused on the role of the non-profit organizations in cooperation with international financial institutions in providing the necessary finance to help the emerging economies to achieve a fair transition to a green economy.
Mashat also highlighted Egypt's efforts to promote climate action and stimulate the transition from pledges to implementation through its COP27 Presidency.
The minister further discussed Egypt’s Country Platform for NWFE Program, the nexus of water, food and energy sectors.
She added that this brings together all development partners, with the private sector and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), to provide development financing, technical support, capacity-building and private sector investments for the program's list of projects.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
The meeting tackled the latest Palestinian developments and Egypt's supporting efforts to Palestine at all levels.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated Egypt's staunch supportive stance to the Palestinian cause, and the necessity of breaking the current peace process deadlock and meet the rightful aspirations of the Palestinians in having their own independent state.
For his part, Shtayyeh expressed his country's appreciation to the Egyptian supportive stance to the Palestinian cause and its efforts to push forward the reconstruction process in Gaza.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
Shoukry praised the leap that has been reached in the Egyptian-Japanese relations over the past period.
The two ministers voiced their aspiration for boosting such cooperation at all levels.
Shoukry, on his part, expressed Egypt's appreciation for Japan's contribution in supporting the programs and developmental activities in Egypt, highlighting the backing of the Japanese financial institutions to Egypt to issue the Samurai bonds for the first time.
He also highlighted the Japanese cooperation with Egypt in a variety of projects such as the Egyptian Grand Museum and the Japanese schools in Egypt.
Shoukry and Hayashi discussed the impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis on the international economy and the food and energy crises.
The two ministers also covered special preparations for convening the UN Climate Conference (COP27), due to be held in Sharm El Sheikh in November.
Shoukry also underlined the importance of supporting funding for the developing countries to combat the climate change phenomenon.
UNRWA ministerial meeting
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was held in New York, on the sidelines of the activities of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
During the meeting, Shoukry praised UNRWA over its efforts, aimed at offering different services to the Palestinian refugees, despite the existing global economic and and security challenges.
Shoukry said that the UNRWA represented the international community's legal and political commitment towards the Palestinian refugees' right to return.
Shoukry also underscored the importance of holding such meeting, to send a collective political message, aimed at supporting the work of UNRWA amid its serious crisis for rallying the necessary funding, needed for its activities.
The meeting of the Arab Liaison Group
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the meeting of the Arab Liaison Group in the presence of Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit and Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov.
The meeting comes as part of Arab mediation efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis.
Shoukry asserted the readiness of the Arab Liaison Group, tasked with following up on the Ukrainian crisis, to mediate between the Russian and Ukrainian sides.
Shoukry covered the challenges resulting from the Ukraine crisis which has had an impact on all countries of the region especially the food security, hikes in fuel prices as well as the economic burdens.
Shoukry pressed the need for working out a solution to the Ukraine-Russia crisis, asserting the importance of settling the crisis through dialogue and confidence-building measures in addition to diplomacy.
For his part, Lavrov welcomed the efforts of the Arab Liaison Group in a bid to settle the crisis.
The ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC)
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) that was held in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly.
The meeting was chaired by Foreign Minister of Norway Anniken Huitfeldt. It was attended by the Palestinian Prime Minister and the Jordanian Foreign Minister.
The meeting was also attended by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) and the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, as well as delegations of many Arab, Western and Asian countries and representatives of international financial institutions.
During the meeting, Shoukry asserted Egypt's support of the committee, lauding the committee's role as an example of effective coordination and consultation between various international parties to provide support for the Palestinian side on the economic level and contribute to laying the economic foundations on which the Palestinian State can rely within the framework of the two-state solution.
Shoukry reviewed the developments in the Palestinian territories, stressing that the deterioration of the situation in Palestine is mainly due to the absence of a political horizon that could lead to the build of an independent Palestinian economy that is capable of exploiting all its potentials.
Shoukry said that the first stage of the Egyptian initiative to reconstruct the Gaza Strip was finalized, announcing the launch of the second stage of the initiative, which includes the construction of residential areas and the rehabilitation of the coastal road in the Gaza Strip.
Shoukry also urged international donors to increase their efforts in the field of Gaza reconstruction, a matter that represents an important element to maintain calm conditions until the revival of the peace process.
The High-Level Meeting on the African Sahel
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the High-Level Meeting on the African Sahel, where he welcomed the appointment of a high-level independent commission to assess security, governance and development efforts in the African Sahel, stressing the importance of examining the complex challenges facing the region, whether they are dangers related to terrorist groups and organized crime, or the repercussions of climate change from drought and desertification or other challenges.
In his speech before the meeting, Shoukry stressed the importance of confronting terrorism and extremist ideology, as well as drying up its sources of funding, and preventing some parties from providing safe havens or corridors that allow its movement from one country to another or from one region to another.
Shoukry stressed the importance of coordinating international efforts to assist the countries of the region in facing the repercussions of climate change, most notably the spread of drought and the expansion of desertification, as well as alleviating the suffering that has increased due to the rise in food and energy prices globally and doubled the financial pressure on the governments of the region's countries, stressing the urgent need to support these countries to provide basic services for its citizens, while strengthening the capabilities of its national institutions to support opportunities for sustainable development and stability among their societies.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the ongoing developments in Lebanon. They also agreed on continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries in the coming stage.
Shoukry stressed the importance of achieving stability in Lebanon and overcoming challenges facing the country.
For his part, the Lebanese premier said his country is looking forward to Egypt's continued support of Lebanon at the regional and international levels.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with representatives of American Jewish Organizations on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly in New York.
Shoukry, during the meeting, reviewed Egypt's efforts and its crucial role in bringing an end to the recent escalation in the Gaza Strip and upholding the truce to prevent the renewal of violence and deterioration of the situation.
Shoukry stressed the necessity of breaking the current deadlock in the Middle East peace process via resuming negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides as soon as possible, with the view to achieving a two-state solution.
The two sides underlined that the current year, they marked the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Egypt and the United States.
They also stressed the historical partnership between the two countries based on cooperation and mutual interest, underlining the importance of promoting bilateral ties the political, economic and cultural domains.
The meeting also took up the latest development at the regional and international levels, as well as international challenges; topped by climate change and the food and energy crises.
They stressed the importance of continuing coordination between Egypt and the United States to overcome the challenges facing the region.
They also discussed the latest developments related to the peace process.
Day 5: 23-9-2022
A roundtable by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Rockefeller Foundation
International Cooperation Minister Rania Al-Mashat participated in a roundtable, organized by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Rockefeller Foundation, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly in New York.
Mashat said that the Egyptian presidency of the UN climate conference, COP27, targets two main goals in the coming summit, the first of which is encouraging the shift from the pledging phase to the implementation.
Mashat noted that the second goal is supporting adaptation efforts through financing climate projects, reviewing Egypt's efforts to support climate action in cooperation with development partners, including the Sharm El-Sheikh Guide to Fair Finance' and NWFE Progamme.
The minister talked about efforts of climate action by debt swap, referring to Egypt's pioneering experience in this matter with Germany and Italy.
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, met with Nicu Popescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, to discuss axes of joint cooperation and strengthening economic relations between the two countries, within the framework of her meetings with representatives of governments, development partners and international institutions, within the activities of the 77th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations United.
During the meeting, the Minister of International Cooperation discussed ways to enhance joint economic cooperation axes to support the national development vision, as well as discussing trade and investment relations within the framework of the Egyptian state’s keenness to strengthen its joint relations with multilateral and bilateral development partners.
The Minister of International Cooperation reviewed the framework of international cooperation and development financing for the Arab Republic of Egypt and the strong relations that Egypt enjoys with all development partners, noting the role played by the Ministry to strengthen economic relations with multilateral and bilateral development partners and regional and international organizations to support the national development vision in line with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030, where the current portfolio of development cooperation records $26 billion for the implementation of 372 projects. It is a huge portfolio that reflects the distinguished relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and development partners, and part of it is directed to the private sector, whether in the form of investments, credit lines for commercial banks or development finance, in addition to To technical support and grants directed to capacity building and preparation of studies.
The Minister of International Cooperation stressed that Egypt is working to enhance efforts to exchange knowledge, experiences and development experiences through development cooperation mechanisms, pointing out that Egypt is making huge development efforts within the framework of its vision to achieve sustainable development and promote the transition to a green economy through the expansion of projects of adaptation and mitigation with climatic changes.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly in New York.
The meeting tackled ways of boosting trade and economic ties, valuing the role played by the two countries' businessmen in pushing cooperation forward.
Shoukry listened to recent developments of tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Shoukry asserted Egypt's firm stance on resolving conflict by peaceful means and the importance of reaching a sustainable and comprehensive settlement through diplomatic means without using force.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC), Iraq, Jordan and Yemen, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Shoukry reviewed Egypt's stance on a number of key regional and international issues, notably the Middle East peace process, the Syrian and Yemeni crises, as well as the repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis on global food security.
The participating ministers issued a joint statement affirming strategic and historical relations and growing partnership among their countries.
The ministers called for building on the outcome of the Jeddah Security and Development Summit that was held in July and promoting peace, security, stability and economic prosperity in the Middle East, in addition to addressing regional and international challenges, including food, climate, health and humanitarian crises.
The ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China.
The meeting was chaired by Pakistan’s foreign minister and held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's meeting in New York.
Shoukry stressed the importance of swiftly implementing commitments aiming at facing the repercussions of climate change.
He further noted that Egypt is looking forward to achieve these commitments during the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), set for the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh in November.
Shoukry also reviewed the main axes of the Egyptian presidency's vision to implement climate pledges that are based on mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and adapting to climate impacts.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) Tor Wennesland the conditions in the Palestinian lands.
The two sides agreed on exerting efforts to ease tension and stop the deterioration of the situation, stressing the need to preserve the current status of Al Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem).
Shoukry also reviewed Egypt's efforts in support of the Palestinian side at various levels, along with working with different parties to uphold the truce in the Gaza Strip.
The two sides further exchanged visions on means of reviving the peace process and breaking the stalemate to settle the Palestinian issue in accordance with the two-state solution and the relevant international legitimacy resolutions.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Ugandan counterpart Jeje Odongo on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly currently in New York.
The meeting discussed Egypt's preparations to host the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November, as well as the African priorities and means to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on the continent.
The two sides also mulled ways to boost bilateral relations, in addition to the ongoing Ugandan preparations to chair the Non-Aligned Movement and the South Summit in 2023.
Shoukry also briefed Odongo progress made so far regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's file.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly currently in New York.
Shoukry said Egypt continues its efforts to support a political solution in Syria in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254, stressing that the importance of continuing coordination to push the political solution forward.
Shoukry reiterated the priority that Egypt attaches to moving on the different paths to resolve the crisis, and the need to intensify efforts in this regard.
The two sides stressed the need to ensure the Syrian people's access to humanitarian aid to alleviate their suffering.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov means to boost bilateral ties and cooperation.
The meeting reviewed files pertaining to bilateral cooperation between both countries that held political consultations in the Azerbaijani capital Baku in July, in addition to holding the meetings of the fifth Egyptian-Azerbaijani joint committee and the Egypt-Azerbaijan businessmen forum in Baku in February, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid.
Shoukry congratulated Bayramov on the successful presidency of his country for the Non-Aligned Movement through launching fruitful initiatives to revive cooperation among the movement’s member states, added Abu Zeid.
Shoukry also underlined the need to settle the Azerbaijan-Armenia crisis diplomatically and bring about stability and avoid the deterioration of situations.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Shoukry said the Egyptian presidency of the conference is keen to shed light on the climate-linked losses and negative impacts.
Shoukry reiterated that Egypt is aware about the growing losses and negative impacts caused by the climate change for these countries, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid.
The minister also reviewed efforts of the Egyptian presidency of COP27 to tackle such climate-linked losses and negative impacts during the conference, which is set to be hosted by Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.
He added that Egypt is looking forward to enhancing joint action and coordination with AOSIS to realize the desired goals and address the issue of the climate-related losses and negative impacts.
Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, participated in the high-level side event held this year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly under the title “Leadership to reduce multidimensional poverty to ensure prosperity for all” within the Oxford University initiative to confront poverty and achieve human development, in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a number of Heads of State and Government.
During her speech, Hala Al-Saeed explained that the world was able to achieve great progress in combating poverty and achieving human development, following that the Corona crisis, in addition to the effects of geopolitical conflicts, led to the reversal of many of the gains that had been achieved..
Al-Saeed added that in order to redefine the positive path, effective political measures must be taken, explaining that multidimensional poverty indicators play a pivotal role in this context, as they serve as an essential tool for follow-up and accountability, adding that the use of multidimensional poverty indicators as part of broader efforts to promote Evidence-based policy-making culture is particularly important for developing countries, following up on that the crises the world has witnessed confirmed this, as policy makers seek to improve results amid those challenges, through the optimal use of public resources.
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, participated in a discussion session on “Strengthening Food Security in Times of Crisis”, during the activities of the Middle East and North Africa Forum, organized by the Middle East Institute and the Research Company Think Research and Advisory, during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The forum witnessed a high-level participation of representatives of governments, international financial institutions and the private sector, to discuss the role that the Middle East can play in facing global challenges related to food, energy and water security. In addition to the Minister of International Cooperation, Ayman Safadi participated in the discussion session, Jordanian Foreign Minister, and many representatives of relevant parties.
In her speech, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said that achieving the second goal of the sustainable development goals related to achieving food security and eliminating hunger by 2030 is facing unprecedented challenges at the present time, as a result of what happened during the past two years, and on top of these challenges The Russian-Ukrainian crisis, where the two countries are major suppliers of wheat and grain in the world, in addition to climate changes that negatively affect the ability of countries to maintain food security.
At the conclusion of her bilateral meetings which come as part of the activities of the 77th round of UNGA, Minister of International Cooperation Rania el Mashat discussed with Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Navid Hanif on means to boost joint work to encourage cooperation between the countries in the south to support efforts of exchanging expertise and developmental experiments and transferring knowledge to boost integration between the developing countries and emerging economies and African states.
During the meeting, Hanif thanked Mashat for the efforts exerted to hold a workshop on building abilities and merging the practices of adaptation with climate changes in the developmental cooperation efforts as part of the second round of Egypt Forum for International Cooperation and Development Finance.
Hanif pointed out to the success of the workshop, referring to the Egyptian experiment in meeting the developmental finance with the UN goals of sustainable development in order to support the building abilities.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mohamed Salem Ould Merzouk to boost relations and issues of common interest.
The two ministers expressed their interest in holding the joint higher committee at the level of the foreign ministers.
The two sides tackled the developments in Libya.
Also, Shoukry asserted the importance of economic cooperation, increasing the volume of trade exchange and investments, especially in the sectors of fishing, poultry, agriculture, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry delivered a speech before the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Shoukry asserted that Egypt seeks a stable world far away from tensions, calling for respecting the UN system and reforming it seriously, objectively, and fairly to enable the UN to be more responsive to all challenges.
Shoukry stressed that Egypt adheres to the African stance toward reforming the Security Council, according to the Sirte Declaration.
He pointed out that the Russian-Ukrainian war exacerbated the economic crisis from which the world suffers since the coronavirus pandemic, adding that developing countries face increasing burdens, especially related to the sovereign debt crisis.
He affirmed the necessity that the developed countries should engage into launching a global initiative between the creditor and debtor countries which aims to exchange debts and transfer the bulk of it to joint investment projects to create more jobs and achieve positive economic growth, adding that Egypt is ready for cooperating with the international community to establish a global center for storing and trading grains as a part of its contribution to maintaining global food security.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.
The two ministers tackled Iraqi developments and other regional issues of common interest.
In this respect, Shoukry asserted Egypt's full support for Iraq's stability and security and achieving internal consensus.
He also affirmed the importance of tripartite cooperation with Jordan and Iraq in terms of strong relations binding the three countries.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Shoukry expressed Egypt's solidarity with Pakistan after the difficult climatic conditions it is going through, stressing the importance of joint global climate action.
The two ministers discussed ways to strengthen the historical relations between Egypt and Pakistan in all fields and at all levels and push them forward to broader horizons to fulfill the aspirations of the two friendly peoples and enhance the ability of both countries to face common challenges.
They also underlined the importance of promoting trade exchange and pointed out to the tangible development witnessed by bilateral trade relations since EgyptAir’s announcement of the resumption of direct cargo flights between Cairo and Lahore.
They expressed as well their hope to continue close communication and the exchange of visits at different levels to boost consultations and coordination at the bilateral level and during international forums, especially under Pakistan's presidency of the Group of 77.
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development Dr. Hala Al-Saeed met with Achim Steiner, Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on the sidelines of her participation in the work of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York.
During the meeting, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed expressed the country’s appreciation for the role of the United Nations Development Program in supporting Egypt’s efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals, and in preparing the third voluntary national report on sustainable development and the Human Development Report in Egypt 2021.
Al-Saeed reviewed Egypt’s efforts to achieve sustainable development and promote green recovery, including updating Egypt’s Vision 2030, applying environmental sustainability standards, launching green bonds, and the role of Egypt’s Sovereign Fund to invest in green areas such as hydrogen production and railroad manufacturing to enhance sustainable transportation efforts.
Al-Saeed referred to the “Decent Life” initiative as the largest development project aimed at creating sustainable rural communities with the participation of all stakeholders, explaining that the initiative aims to improve the standard of living in the poorest rural villages in Egypt by reducing poverty and unemployment rates and improving the general quality of life for citizens. The initiative aims to cover more than 50 million Egyptians in 4,500 villages.
On the national project for the development of the Egyptian family; Al-Saeed clarified that he seeks to improve the quality of life of citizens by controlling population growth and protecting demographic characteristics, as the work includes several axes, including economic empowerment, service intervention, cultural, awareness and educational intervention, digital transformation, and legislative intervention.
The Minister of Planning also reviewed the national structural reforms program, which is based on several pillars, the most important of which is enhancing the flexibility and effectiveness of labor theft by giving priority to advanced technical education and vocational training.
For his part, the Director of the United Nations Development Program praised Egypt’s efforts to improve the lives of citizens, especially with regard to the national project for the development of the Egyptian family.
The two parties also discussed during the meeting; Preparations for Egypt’s hosting of the COP 27 climate conference next November in Sharm El Sheikh, and the ministry’s efforts regarding the “Solutions Day”, which aims to exchange experiences and best practices and discuss possible solutions to a wide range of climate change challenges. The two parties also discussed opportunities for cooperation regarding smart green projects.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the end of his visit to New York to participate in the high-level meetings of the 77th session of the UNGA 77.
Shoukry affirmed that Egypt is committed to backing the United Nations' peacekeeping and peace-building role, and actively participating in peacekeeping operations in conflict-hit regions
Shoukry also reaffirmed Egypt's commitment to supporting and honoring the objectives of the United Nations Charter.
He also underscored the United Nations' central role in addressing current global challenges.
The two sides discussed the outcome of the high-level meetings of the UNGA 77, and the role the UN is expected to play to ensure that all states adhere to the rules of international law, and to fulfill peoples' aspirations without any discrimination, Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abou Zeid said in a statement.
The meeting focused on the economic and political fallout from the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, the situation in Libya and the Middle East, the Palestinian cause, and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute, the spokesman noted.
Meanwhile, Guterres gave an outline of the UN initiatives and efforts to contain the global food crisis and reform the global economic system to alleviate the growing burdens of current crises on developing nations.
He also hailed Egypt's important role in advancing multilateralism, especially within the framework of regional groups and groupings of developing nations, such as the G-77 (plus China).
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry concluded his current visit to New York by a meeting with members of Egypt's permanent mission to the UN.
During the meeting, the foreign minister thanked the delegation members for their efforts to ensure Egypt's successful participation in UNGA 77.