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The Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, met with Nigel Topping, the high-ranking British climate action hero and the British ambassador in Cairo, to discuss joint cooperation on climate change issues in preparation for Britain’s hosting of the COP 26 Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom in November 2021, and to review Egypt’s preparations if hosted. COP 27 next year.
The Minister of Environment listened to Nigel Topping’s experience as a champion of climate action, the activities he has undertaken and the challenges he has faced so far to play his role, noting her aspiration to know the mechanisms for selecting the champion of climate action, his competencies and the activities entrusted to him to take into account when Egypt chooses the champions of climate action in As part of its preparations to host the climate conference next year COP27, noting that Egypt will have its own experience in choosing its champion for climate action.
The Champion of Climate Action explained to the COP26 Climate Conference, that this mission made him participate in many topics related to the issue of climate change, including raising ambition, financing, linking measures to address the effects of climate change and the business community, stimulating investment in climate action, mechanisms to attract the private sector, and encouraging youth and civil society to adopt Climate Solutions, noting the need to make more efforts to confront the effects of climate change, create more frameworks of cooperation between all parties, and support both adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change.
The Minister of Environment expressed her happiness with the results of the partnership between Egypt and the United Kingdom in the alliance to adapt and confront the effects of climate change, as they succeeded together in creating great momentum in the adaptation file and it became one of the priorities on the table of climate change discussions, adding that by providing more funding and measures Indeed, we will achieve great strides in this field, and we seek to work on that at the COP 26 climate conference and to complete it with Egypt hosting the COP 27 conference.
She reviewed some Egyptian efforts in facing the effects of climate change, including the prime minister’s presidency of the National Council on Climate Change and the membership of all relevant ministries and sectors, and work on the national strategy for climate change and the national strategy for adaptation.
The Climate Action Champion expressed his hope that the COP 26 climate conference will include a number of effective platforms to discuss climate finance issues, the participation of the private sector, youth and civil society, and innovative measures to confront it.
The Minister of Environment pointed out that the issues related to the issue of climate change are many and require a real dialogue between all parties, including the link between climate change and biodiversity, which was one of the important topics that Egypt was keen to highlight during its presidency of the Conference on Biological Diversity COP 14, and Egypt will be keen if it hosts it The climate conference should continue highlighting it, as a framework for the biodiversity roadmap for post-2020 has been prepared and will be approved next year, explaining that addressing the impact of climate change on biodiversity loss and its impact on the business community and local communities is an important topic.
The British Climate Action Champion praised Egypt’s efforts during its presidency of the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 14 and the link between biodiversity and climate change, stressing the importance of proceeding with the three Rio conventions (biodiversity, climate change, desertification) in one track, where the Minister of Environment referred to the launch of President El-Sisi during the opening of Egypt’s presidency of the Biodiversity Conference for the initiative to link the three conventions, and we are working with many funding institutions to implement the initiative’s activities.
For his part, the British ambassador discussed with the Minister of Environment Egypt’s plans to participate in the activities of the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, and its preparations to host the next COP27 conference, as Egypt is a major partner of the United Kingdom in the issue of climate change, and welcomed Britain’s participation in Egypt with its experience in choosing the champion of climate action in terms of criteria. and mechanisms, stressing that Egypt will present its own experience in choosing its champion for climate action.
The Minister of Environment referred to what President Sisi stressed at the United Nations General Assembly meeting about the priority of financing and adaptation as topics for discussion in the upcoming two climate conferences, stressing that it is an urgent issue for developing countries, especially the African continent, so Egypt will complete its efforts to support this issue, which it has highlighted since its leadership. The African continent in the climate negotiations and the Paris Agreement and the two African initiatives for adaptation and renewable energy. The African initiative for renewable energy has been worked on, and Egypt has had a success story in expanding renewable energy. We will present it during the side event that Egypt will organize at COP26 on green transformation and renewable energy. The African Initiative for Adaptation, which aims to enable African countries to access the financing necessary to carry out adaptation measures, and work to reach equal proportions of financing for both adaptation and mitigation, all of these and other topics that Egypt will highlight during the climate conference.