Egypt and UN officials discuss Sessions for Climate Change Preparations at Egypt-ICF

Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, met with Selwyn Charles Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Group.

They discussed the UN official’s involvement in a climate change session during the meeting, which took place on the first day of the Egypt – International Cooperation Forum (ICF), which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

The meeting was also attended by the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Office in Egypt, as well as senior UN officials.

During the conference, they also agreed that the final statement on the forum’s proposals should emphasize the notion of shared responsibility among all parties, as well as the necessity to consider variances and disparities across countries.

The summit covered a wide range of topics, including worldwide activities and efforts to address climate change challenges, as well as international endeavors to improve access to finance and promote investment.

The two sides also discussed the strategic framework for partnership with the UN for the years 2023-2027, as well as the issue of climate change and climate action with various UN agencies and programmes within the framework of existing regional and international frameworks, the most important of which is the Paris Climate Agreement.

The meeting also discussed the challenges that developing countries face and how to speed up the transition to a green economy, where national aspirations are based on a strong commitment to international agreements, as well as the ability to integrate work and green transformation into development projects, policies, and decisions that help preserve the environment in line with the nature of the era.

Egypt, according to Al-Mashat, is aiming to take an integrated approach to development cooperation in order to solve environmental, social, and economic challenges while also evaluating the development cooperation map in order to accomplish sustainable development goals.

Speaking of ongoing projects, Al-Mashat revealed that the Ministry of International Cooperation has 34 projects in its portfolio that respond to Goal 7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: “Affordable and Clean Energy,” totaling $5.95 billion and accounting for 23.2 percent of official development assistance (ODA), as well as Projects related to Goal 13 on Climate Action.

Al-Mashat emphasized Egypt’s commitment to green finance and sustainable development initiatives by stating that it issued the first green bonds in the Middle East and North Africa.

Al-Mashat stated that her Ministry secured funding agreements totaling $677 million with the African Development Bank, the French Development Agency, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the renewable energy, electricity, and oil sectors in 2020.