Egypt’s role in mitigating climate change impacts from COP27 to COP28
Tuesday، 05 December 2023 - 11:29 AM
The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), currently being held in Dubai, kicked off by Egypt handing over the presidency of the conference to COP28 President-designate Sultan Al-Jaber, in the attendance of the representatives of international organizations from more than 198 countries.
The Egyptian pavilion’s messages at
Egyptian Pavilion at the COP28 is
leading global talks aimed at promoting a flexible and environment friendly
future, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Environment’s Friday statement.
On the first day, the Egyptian Pavilion discussed various topics such as
climate financing, engaging youth, civil society, and people with disabilities.
It also highlighted topics related
to voluntary carbon markets, which cover pollution-reducing projects in the
Global South to explore the pivotal role of these markets in driving
sustainable development and resilience in the Global South (Brazil, India,
Pakistan, Indonesia, and China).
African Center of Excellence for Resilience and Adaptation
On the sidelines of the COP28
meetings, Egyptian Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad and Chief Executive
Officer of AUDA-NEPAD Nardos Bekele-Thomas signed an agreement to establish and
host the African Center of Excellence for Resilience and Adaptation to the
Impacts of Climate Change.
The agreement aims to assert that the African continent is, starting in 2024, guaranteed to ensure the sustainability of funding sources, capacity building, technology exchange, and
the lessons learned from the experiences of the communities most affected by
climate change. Fouad said that establishing the center is based on the offer made by Egypt during its presidency of the African Union in 2019 to support AU Member States in fulfilling the commitments made by African governments to achieve the AU Agenda 2063, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which
tackles three dimensions of disaster risk (exposure to hazards, vulnerability and capacity, and hazard's characteristics), besides several other multilateral environmental agreements.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), It is estimated that 1.3 billion Africans will need support to adapt to climate change by 2030, and this number is expected to rise to 3.2 billion by 2050.
In implementation of the recommendations of the COP27 climate conference, the Egyptian minister of environment participated in the first high-level ministerial roundtable on a
just transition held at the COP28. She said that working to achieve a just transition
is a pivotal aspect of the global commitments regarding climate.
On the second day of the COP28
meetings, the events began with the Sharm El-Sheikh Fair Finance Guidebook,
which was launched during COP27, where Egypt painted a vivid picture of
actionable agendas to mobilize additional financing.
The sessions tackled the Egyptian National Initiative for Smart Green Projects that was hosted by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, and reviewed the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education’s contributions to international scientific research, as well as
efforts to address climate change.
Egypt will continue its climate activities at the Egyptian Pavilion, and will participate in other big events and meetings on the sidelines of the conference.