Egypt’s participation in Africa Climate Summit (ACS 23)
Monday، 04 September 2023 - 12:00 AM
On the behalf of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to participate in the Africa Climate Summit (ACS 23), hosted by Kenya on the 5th and 6th of September under the title “Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World.”
Egypt’s Ambassador to Kenya Ambassador Wael Nasr El-Din Attia and members of the Embassy and technical offices welcomed Madbouly at Nairobi Airport.
The Egyptian delegation included Dr. Hani Sweilem, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment.
The Summit witnessed the presence of a number of heads of states and governments and heads of international organisations as well.
During his participation, the Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver two speeches at the “International Climate Agenda” session, and the “New Global Structure for Climate Finance” session, addressing various aspects of climate action, in light of Egypt’s current presidency of the Climate Summit COP27.
Africa Climate Summit (ACS 23) aims to deliver climate-positive growth and finance solutions for Africa and the world. According to the agenda, leaders will be asked to make ambitious pledges and commitments.
It seeks to develop a comprehensive pledging and commitment framework, focusing on four main themes: energy systems and industry; cities, urban and rural settlements, infrastructure and transport; land, ocean, food, and water; societies, health, livelihoods, and economies.
This summit also aims to come up with a unified African vision for addressing climate issues to be presented during the upcoming COP28 climate summit, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates next November.
The Opening Session of the African Climate Summit (ACS 23)
“This is not an ordinary summit. We are not here just to talk about Africa or climate change in the normal way.”
With this sentence, Kenyan President William Ruto opened the opening session of the African Climate Summit held in Nairobi, which is the first in history.
“We have great potential for renewable energy, which can meaningfully contribute to the decarbonization of the global economy,” Ruto added.
“In Africa, we can become a green industrial hub that can help other regions achieve their goals of net zero emissions,” he said. “For renewable resources in Africa, what stands out is not only the scale, but also the lack of seasonality.”
Green transformation and financing...a priority on the agenda of the first climate summit in Africa
He stressed: We have gathered a clear understanding of the inadequacy of our needs in terms of financing, but we will not be ashamed of the facts that must bring about positive change.
He added in his speech: “We are already a major player in extracting minerals used in electric cars and bicycles, but there is a lot of value happening elsewhere, and Africa also holds the key to decarbonizing the global economy. We are the center of untapped potential.”
He stressed: It is no secret that we pay at least five times more than advanced economies, and I see this as an opportunity and unleashing the creativity of local investments.
He noted in his speech before the heads of state and ministers of African countries: Over the next few days, I have no doubt that the African leaders sitting here will be open, honest and cooperative. My call to everyone at this summit is to work together on African priorities.
He concluded his speech by saying: “This summit is a moment to imagine a bold and radically positive African future, a continent that provides the economic backbone for a decarbonized world.”
On the sidelines of Africa Summit: Madbouly meets with Kenyan President
President of the Republic of Kenya William Ruto, met today Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, on the sidelines of his participation, on behalf of His Excellency President Abdel fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, in the Africa Climate Summit meetings hosted by Kenya on 5 and 6 September.
Prime Minister began the interview by conveying the greetings of President Abdel fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, to his brother, President William Ruto, stressing the President's aspiration to receive President Ruto in Egypt as soon as possible.
Madbouly praised the current momentum in the bilateral relations between Egypt and Kenya, stressing the importance of holding the meetings of the next session of the joint committee, which will be hosted by Nairobi, while discussing the possibility of holding a joint forum for businessmen in the two countries on the sidelines of the summit.
Prime Minister also praised the urban development he witnessed in the city of Nairobi, congratulating the leadership and people of Kenya on this remarkable boom.
President Ruto expressed his pride in his friendly and brotherly relations with President El-Sisi, stressing his interest in regular consultation with his sovereignty on regional and international issues of common concern.
Kenyan President thanked the Prime Minister for the high-level participation in the meetings of the Africa Climate Summit, as well as for consulting with Egypt, the Chair of the Cop27 Conference, in preparation for the Summit. President Ruto also touched on the most important ideas put forward by Kenya in the framework of efforts to support international climate action.
On the sidelines of Africa Summit: Madbouly receives Sri Lankan President’s Envoy
On the sidelines of his participation in the Africa Climate Summit meetings hosted by Kenya on September 5-6, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, met with the Sri Lankan President's envoy, Mr. Ruwan Wijewarden, and his accompanying delegation.
In their meeting, both parties touched on proposals to boost the growing investment activity of Sri Lankan companies in Egypt, whereas the Sri Lankan envoy mentioned how the Egyptian market is deemed attractive to Sri Lankan textile companies, and they are willing to take advantage of the Egyptian market for export abroad.
In this regard, Madbouly welcomed the increased investment of Sri Lankan companies in Egypt, noting the various incentives recently approved to improve the investment climate in Egypt.
In addition, they discussed proposals for bilateral cooperation in climate action and ways to strengthen international efforts in this regard, given the similar challenges facing the two countries.
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Hani Swailem chaired the working session entitled "Accelerating Climate Resilient Water Investments in Africa". It aims to discuss measures to provide the required investments to the water sector to deal with climate change and increase the resilience of communities to climate change.
Swailem also met with minister of water and sanitation of Kenya Alice Wahome, where they discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of water resources and irrigation.
Swailem met as well with minister of environment of the United Arab Emirates Mariam Almheiri, in the presence of minister of environment Yasmine Fouad to discuss enhancing cooperation between the two countries and coordination on the activities of the upcoming COP28 climate conference.
During the meeting, Swailem reviewed what was achieved during the previous COP27, where Egypt succeeded in placing water at the heart of global climate action by organizing the presidency of the conference for a high-level round table on water security, holding a water day, and organizing a water pavilion in partnership with countries and international partner organizations. These measures culminated in emphasizing the interdependence of water and climate for the first time ever at climate conferences. Moreover, countries reached a historic decision to establish and activate the Loss and Damage Fund, especially for countries most vulnerable to the climate crisis.
He also pointed out the great achievements made during the past two years, and the contributions of Cairo Water Week on the global water agenda, as the fifth week was held as a preparatory event for COP27, and the sixth week will be held as a preparatory event forCOP28.
Swailem stressed that Egypt as the current president of the Climate Conference will continue to work with the UAE as the next president of the Climate Conference to continue to strive to put water at the heart of global climate action.
Egypt’s Minister of Environment Participates Africa Summit s Adaptation Session
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egyptian Minister of Environment, Ministerial Coordinator, and COP27 Envoy, participated in the Africa Climate Summit's adaptation session, where she presented examples of adaptation projects Egypt had undertaken to combat the detrimental effects of climate change. The session served as a forum for a detailed discussion of the difficulties and opportunities associated with adapting to the effects of climate change in Africa. The minister's participation came as part of the activities of the first day of the Africa Climate Summit held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
She stressed that Egypt has made unremitting national efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change, carrying out numerous projects such as: coastal protection from sea level rise; water resources management through canal lining projects and effective irrigation techniques; and conducting research on the development of new varieties of agricultural crops capable of withstanding extreme weather phenomena as a result of global warming.
The implementation of national adaptation projects, especially in developing and African countries, represents a burden on national budgets, the minister explained, necessitating increased international assistance to strengthen the capacity of those countries to address the detrimental effects of climate change.
The key word in the global goal for adaptation is how to move from planning to implementation, which is mainly related to adaptation financing, and depends on doubling adaptation financing, which has become imperative, especially after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an alarm about the need to accelerate adaptation to support the capacity and livelihoods of people in developing countries, which makes the adoption of an implementation framework at the upcoming COP28 in Dubai necessary and inevitable, to ensure the continuation of work on adaptation after setting a global goal for it.
Accordingly, Dr. Yasmine stressed the need for developed countries to fulfill their commitments to provide the necessary support to developing countries to scale up the implementation of adaptation activities, the need to double the current volume of adaptation financing to enhance adaptation efforts, and to achieve a 50/50 balance between mitigation and adaptation financing as soon as possible.
Dr. Yasmine also pointed out the importance of the new collective quantitative goal for climate finance to include an appropriate part for adaptation, and for the multilateral development banks to reform their current procedures, and to work collectively to reform the current financial structure to reduce the expected risks of adaptation projects, in addition to the need for the participation of the private sector to support the reduction of those risks.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly also visited the Coptic Hospital in Nairobi, on the sidelines of his participation on behalf of His Excellency Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the Africa Climate Summit meetings hosted by Kenya on September 5-6
Following the visit, he said he was proud of the “great medical edifice” that provides health services at the “highest level” to Kenya’s citizens, asserting that the “The hospital is the best ambassador for Egypt in the heart of the African continent.”
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly spoke with the Egyptian and Kenyan medical staff responsible for managing the Egyptian Coptic Hospital in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Bishop Boulos, the All-African Patriarch, delivered a welcome speech to Madbouly and the accompanying delegation Upon their arrival at the hospital. He also expressed the immersive happiness of all Egyptians in Kenya with this visit to the Egyptian Coptic Hospital.
Bishop Boulos also thanked His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for his sincere efforts in serving the country.
Madbouly said that I assure you that what you are doing here is great, your presence through this great medical edifice of the Egyptian Church is something that makes us all proud, and I personally and at the national level am proud of what I have seen here.
He added that What I discussed with all officials in the hospital is that the Egyptian government will provide all forms of support, to continue the unique services provided by the hospital to Kenyan citizens. The possible forms of support include supplying the hospital with specialized medical staff, medicines and necessary medical equipment.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan Minister of Health said that this is not the first time she has visited the Egyptian Coptic Hospital in Kenya, expressing her happiness for the Kenyan government's cooperation with the hospital, as one of the most important medical institutions at the national level. She also explained that here in Kenya people have very positive views about the Egyptian hospital.
At the level of cooperation between Egypt and Kenya in the field of health care, the Minister said that there are many areas in which cooperation with Egypt is possible in this important sector, one of these areas, for example, is the field of healthcare digitization. She pointed out that work is underway to prepare a memorandum of understanding to be signed with Egypt for cooperation in the fields of health care.
Tuesday, 05 September 2023
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly participated in the International Climate Agenda plenary session of the Africa Climate Summit (ACS)
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly delivered a speech during the International Climate Agenda plenary session of the Africa Climate Summit (ACS), in which he participated on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The Summit is hosted by the Kenyan Capital Nairobi on 5 and 6 September under the title “Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World."
At the outset of his speech, Madbouly welcomed President of the Republic of Kenya William Ruto and Heads of State and Government attending the Summit.
Madbouly explained that the Summit comes at a time when our world, and especially our African continent, is witnessing an increase in the frequency and severity of the negative consequences associated with climate changes including droughts in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel region, forest fires in the Maghreb, and deadly hurricanes in southern Africa, sea level rise in the shores of Egypt and the Mediterranean African countries, all of which directly affect the sustainability of life and represent new and increasing pressures on our societies and on our African countries.
Egypt, as the President of the Sharm El-Sheikh Conference, was keen to make it an important station to highlight the African needs and conditions of responding to the existential threat of climate change, Madbouly highlighted.
Continuing his speech, Madbouly alluded to the fact that the Conference held today confirms the commitment of Africa to achieve a just transition to a green economy and supports legitimate demands for a fair share of technical and financial support, and international investment flows. In this regard, he emphasized the important and pivotal role played by the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), the Council of African Ministers of Environment, and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) in highlighting the African priorities in facing climate change and its consequences.
Mentioning the great significance of clean energy, and new and renewable energy sources, Madbouly noted that Egypt reached about 20 percent of energy production from renewable sources, seeking to reach 42% by 2030.
Madbouly pointed out that the meeting today represents an excellent opportunity to address the topics of climate finance. Egypt's vision in this regard concentrates mainly on the need to reconsider the currently available financing tools and shift to concessional financing and grants to accelerate the required transformation, the importance of reviewing the investment flow criteria to ensure that Africa receives its fair share of financing.Concluding his speech, Madbouly reiterated that addressing the climate change issue can only be achieved through strengthening the multilateral system and the cooperative perspective, based on equity, and justice, and taking into account the national circumstances of countries.
Prime Minister meets UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director of (UN-Habitat)
On the sidelines of his participation on behalf of His Excellency President of the Republic Abdel fattah El-Sisi in the meetings of the Africa Climate Summit hosted by Kenya on 5 and 6 September, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting with Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Maimunah Mohd Sharif.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister congratulated Maimunah Mohd Sharif on her outstanding leadership of the (UN-Habitat), her success in turning the fiscal deficit into a surplus, as well as the restructuring of the (UN-Habitat) in a way that enabled her to strengthen her activities.
The Executive Director of the (UN-Habitat) expressed her thanks to Egypt for its support for the (UN-Habitat) efforts. She also confirmed the program's aspiration for the events of the twelfth edition of the World Urban Forum in 2024, hosted by Egypt.
Maimunah Mohd Sharif reviewed the latest developments in coordination with the concerned ministries in Egypt on all organizational and logistical matters for Egypt to host the activities of the World Urban Forum, expressing her confidence that Egypt will organize a distinguished version of the forum's meetings, after its remarkable success in organizing COP27 events.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly delivers a speech during New Global Climate Finance Structure Session
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly delivered a speech during the “New Global Climate Finance Structure” session of the Africa Climate Summit (ACS), in which he participated on behalf of the President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The Summit is hosted by the Kenyan capital Nairobi on 5-6 September under the title “Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World."
At the outset, Madbouly highlighted that there is no doubt that climate finance is the central pillar that enables us to achieve climate goals and national pledges, especially for Africa. Furthermore, he reviewed Egypt’s vision in this regard, as finance represents the cornerstone for implementing national pledges and actions set by the countries, particularly developing countries, on shifting to a green economy and dealing with climate change. That’s why international agreements, mainly the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, include a clear recognition of the complete correlation between the finance provided to developing countries to support their national efforts, the level of ambition, and the implementation of national actions.
In the same context, he added that it is necessary to deal with the considerable financing gap with a realistic approach and build on current estimates so that developing countries can implement the commitments they have announced, which amount to about USD 5.6 trillion by 2030, explaining that the volume of investments required in renewable energy alone is nearly USD 1 trillion annually. Similarly, the volume of international financing required to achieve carbon neutrality is about USD trillion annually.
Continuing his speech, Madbouly stressed the need to turn the debt into an opportunity for innovative financing. He alluded to the fact that innovative dealing with debt should include agreeing on effective mechanisms for debt swaps and directing financing for implementing development and environmental projects to address climate change, as well as the need to review the policies of international financial institutions regarding restrictions and fees on loans to developing countries.
In this context, Madbouly welcomed the Bridgetown Initiative as a step towards supporting developing countries facing the repercussions of climate change. Furthermore, he highlighted Egypt's initiative in partnership with the Economic Commission for Africa on the "Sustainable Debt Alliance" approved by African Ministers of Finance, which aims to reduce the cost of green financing, calling on the rest of the continent to follow suit.Concluding his speech, Madbouly noted that Egypt believes that raising the level of ambition of the NDC plans, without a similar increase in the efforts to mobilize funding and review the current financing instruments, will not contribute to achieving the required goals, whether in the field of energy transformation, emission reduction or adaptation support.
Environment Minister participates in the Ministerial Session to discuss the final communique and the Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration, Environment and Climate Change (KDMECC-AFRICA)
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad Ministerial Coordinator and COP27 Envoy, participated in the ministerial session to discuss the Nairobi Final Communique and the Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration, Environment and Climate Change (KDMECC-AFRICA), during her participation in a high-level delegation led by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly at the African Climate Summit held from 4 to 6 September in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The Ministerial Coordinator Yasmine Fouad confirmed that the session included discussing the observations of African countries on the proposed final communique of the African Climate Summit in preparation for its adoption by African presidents at the end of the summit. Yasmine Fouad presented Egypt's observations on the communique, in which she focused on the most important outputs of COP27 and the success achieved, which was organized by an African country, including the need to activate the Fund for Loss and Damage, which was agreed upon during the conference.The Minister of Environment also explained that the KDMECC reflects the extent to which African governments are concerned about the effects of climate change on migration pathways within the continent and placed it among the priorities of African countries to work on a framework through which climate-generated mobility can be effectively addressed at all levels, to achieve sustainable development, which is socially just and resilient to climate change.
Wednesday, 06 September 2023
Yasmine Fouad meets with her Emirati Counterpart to Discuss Enhancing Bilateral Environmental Cooperation and Exchanging Experiences
Minister of Environment, Ministerial Coordinator and COP27 Envoy Yasmine Fouad met with Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE Mariam Almheiri and her accompanying delegation, in the presence of Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Swailem, to discuss enhancing current and future environmental bilateral cooperation in a number of environmental fields, and coordination on the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP28). This meeting comes on the sidelines of Fouad’s participation in the Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, as part of a high-level delegation headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, held from 4 to 6 September, with the aim of addressing the global effects of climate change, especially in Africa.
During the meeting, Yasmine Fouad stressed the depth of cooperation between the Egyptian and UAE ministries of environment to support environmental bilateral action, which contributes to unifying efforts to support environmental action, especially in light of the continuous bilateral coordination for the UAE to host the COP28 climate conference.
The meeting addressed the food and health initiatives launched by Egypt during the Climate Conference COP27, where the Egyptian Minister of Environment confirmed that for the first time in the climate conferences, nutrition and health initiatives were addressed. Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation Initiative (FAST) was launched, which is considered a catalyst to transform food and agricultural systems into sustainable systems.
Fouad explained that these initiatives include the implementation of concrete actions that lead to improved climate action and climate finance contributions to the sustainable transformation of agricultural and food systems by 2030 while supporting food and economic security.
The meeting also discussed the executive status of the agreements and executive programs between the Egyptian government and the UAE government, in a number of fields, including environmental information systems, sound management of hazardous materials and waste and solid waste, environmental impact assessment, safe use of wastewater, as well as plans to confront disasters resulting from oil pollution, protection of the marine environment, risk management and indicators of sustainable development, in addition to cooperation in the field of natural reserves and rehabilitation of ecosystems.
The two parties also discussed future areas of bilateral cooperation, which include a number of areas, including exchanging experiences and learning from the UAE experience in the fields of implementing solar, wind, and green hydrogen projects, activating sustainable management of water resources, recycling waste, especially car tires and reusing industrial waste, in addition to building a partnership between the two parties in the field of investments in green environmental fields, and developing a common vision for education for sustainable development, which links education to the green investment map.For her part, Almheiri stressed the depth of relations and constructive success between Egypt and the UAE, valuing the Egyptian capabilities and efforts made for the success of the Climate Conference COP27, in addition to the continuous coordination efforts with Egypt to host the next COP28 Climate Summit.