Egyptian FM Shoukry calls for climate justice during Africa Climate Week 2022 – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and President-designate of COP27, during the opening session of the African Climate Week 2022 in Libreville, Gabon. Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“Africa is forced, with its financial means and its low level of support, to spend around 2 to 3% per year to adapt to these [climate change] impacts, a disproportionate responsibility that can only be described as climate injustice,” he said in his speech, referring to the fact that despite Africa’s low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, it remains the most vulnerable continent and must expend huge financial resources to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Shoukry encouraged African voices including civil society, youth, women, farmers, workers, academia and the thriving private sector to call for equitable climate action.

Implementation should be guided by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities (CBDR-RC) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which recognizes the different capacities and responsibilities of each countries in the fight against climate change, he added. .

In addition to attending the ACW, Shoukry met with a number of senior Gabonese officials on Monday, including President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo in Libreville.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Shoukry presented Ondimba with an official invitation from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to attend the world leaders’ summit on November 7-8 in Sharm el-Sheikh during the COP27 events.

During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed the latest preparations for COP27 with Ondimba and Egypt’s vision for the summit agenda, adding that the Egyptian presidency will voice Africa’s aspirations and priorities regarding climate change.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister and the Gabonese President also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Egypt and Gabon, welcoming the current progress of relations. They also expressed their aspiration to increase economic and trade relations between the two countries, stressing the importance of the ongoing preparations for the launch of the African free zone.

They exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.

Shoukry also met with his Gabonese counterpart Michael Moussa Adamo where they discussed and exchanged views on the latest regional and international issues.

In addition, Shoukry participated in a ministerial roundtable organized by Gabon’s Minister of Water, Forests, Sea and Environment Lee White with other African climate and environment ministers.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the round table reviewed the evolution of climate work since COP26 in Glasgow and the preparation for the next COP27.

Shoukry also reviewed the vision of the Egyptian COP27 Presidency on all climate issues, in particular adaptation and mitigation of its impacts, the fight against loss and damage and the mobilization of financial resources for climate change. ‘adaptation.

Shoukry expressed his aspiration that this event will help crystallize a unified African position at COP27 with the aim of making it a success and strengthening climate action at all levels.

Shoukry is participating in ACW 2022 which is held from August 29 to September 2.

According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) website, the ACW is a crucial step on the road to COP27, which Egypt will host in November in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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Elna M. Lemons