Egypt readies for climate confab
The summit needs to demonstrate the damage caused by the climate crisis, particularly in developing countries.
Regional authorities in Egypt, the host country of the 2022 UN Climate Conference, or COP27, are ramping up initiatives designed to improve the country’s environmental credentials, and speed up its transition to a low carbon economy. The event will begin on 4 November in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Several COP27-related initiatives are underway in Egypt. They include projects related to sustainable transport, waste recycling, women’s health, the transition to clean energy, sustainable cities, adaptation measures in the water and agriculture sector, and the links between peace and climate.
“The Egyptian government recognizes the huge responsibility of organizing a successful conference,” Dr. Samir Tantawy, a climate change expert at the United Nations Development Program, said.
“The summit needs to demonstrate the damage caused by the climate crisis, particularly in developing countries. For example, the Aswan governorate in southern Egypt has experienced storms, snow and heavy rain for the first time. Developing countries need to be properly compensated,” he added.
Beyond COP27, Egypt is working toward a 2050 national climate strategy, which is based around the reduction of emissions in all sectors, and adaptation to potential changes in the climate in agriculture, water resources, coastal areas, and health.
The Egyptian governorates are witnessing workshops in preparation for the Climate Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The national strategy also aims to bring civil society, the government, and citizens together at the local, regional, and national levels. A number of civil society organizations are participating in workshops and seminars to raise awareness of the summit in the hope that it will help Egypt to achieve its climate strategy goals.
In preparation for the Climate Summit, the regional authorities in the Red Sea Governorate, in cooperation with a number of other state organizations, are holding a series of events aimed at raising awareness of environmental and sustainability concerns. These workshops will continue through to November and the opening of the conference.
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