Egypt to speak on behalf of Africa’s climate change aspirations at COP27: FM Shoukry tells AU – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) in Addis Ababa on Sunday (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The foreign minister made the claim during his speech on Sunday at a meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) on the sidelines of the two-day 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, which kicked off on Saturday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Egypt will host COP27 “on behalf of Africa”, Shoukry stressed.

Africa has been negatively affected by climate change despite being the least contributor to polluting emissions, Shoukry added.

All African countries combined are not responsible for more than 4% of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Sall was elected on Saturday by the African Union Heads of State and Government to chair the AU in 2022, succeeding President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo as AU chairperson in 2021.

Shoukry accused the continent of receiving “inadequate” climate funding amid its limited ability to obtain the modern technology needed to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change.

During a speech at COP26 in Glasgow late last year, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on developed countries to keep their promise to provide $100 billion a year to developing countries to cope with the effects of climate change.

El-Sissi assured that Egypt will seek during its presidency of COP27 to strengthen international climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement, which will serve the interests of the global community.

The Egyptian President also insisted during COP26 on the need to preserve the Paris climate agreements to ensure the strengthening of efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to the negative implications of climate change.

In September, in a pre-recorded speech at the Global Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly, El-Sisi promised that Egypt’s hosting of the conference would be a major turning point in the fight. world against the climate. cash.

The head of Egyptian diplomacy welcomed at the CAHOSCC meeting today the results of COP26, but also affirmed that “there is still a lot to do in terms of the efforts needed to deal with climate change”. .

“Egypt seeks to build on the momentum generated by the Glasgow conference and make every effort to move from the stage of commitments to the stage of effective implementation on the ground,” Shoukry stressed.

As the host of COP27 later this year, Egypt will take a ‘comprehensive’ approach that takes into account the concerns and priorities of different parties,” Shoukry said, calling on African countries to support Egyptian efforts to a way that contributes to the success of the conference.

The 55 AU member states considered various reports at the annual summit in three sessions: a session on peace, security and governance; a session on the well-being of African citizens: health, nutrition and food security, and a third session on regional integration through a green, inclusive and resilient economic recovery.

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Teresa H. Sadler