External Circumstances Should Not Affect Negotiation, Says New COP27 President

External Circumstances Should Not Affect Negotiation, Says New COP27 President

/ Policy & Regulations / Monday, 07 November 2022 11:57

Egypt Foreign Minister H.E. Sameh Shoukry was formally elected as the COP27 President by the parties during the opening plenary, following which he called on countries to show faith in multilateralism over the next two weeks as they negotiate to deliver on the goals of the Climate Convention and the Paris Agreement.

Addressing climate envoys and delegates at what is considered to be one of the largest COPs ever in terms of attendance, COP President H.E. Sameh Shoukry said, “It comes as no surprise to anyone that the COP is being held this year in a world which is witnessing political turmoil that casts a long shadow on all our nations and has resulted in energy and food crises; however, these challenges should be no reason for delaying our collective effort to fight climate change. It is inherent on us all in Sharm El Sheikh to demonstrate our recognition of the magnitude of the challenges we face and our steadfast resolve to overcome it.”

Minister Shoukry highlighted that Egypt made sure that COP27 will provide the optimum setting to align and converge multiple views and facilitate transparent, inclusive, and fruitful discussion to ensure the most positive outcome achievable. He stressed that despite the challenging economic and geopolitical factors, external circumstances should not be allowed to negatively affect the negotiating process, adding that as a COP hosted in Africa, it must consider the needs of the developing countries and ensure climate justice by facilitating the appropriate financing and other means of implementation, as countries that are the least responsible for emissions are the most affected by climate change.

As the new COP President, H.E. Shoukry, acknowledged the tireless efforts of his predecessor, COP26 President Alok Sharma, and thanked Mr. Sharma and his team for their effort and dedication with everything they achieved in hosting COP26 and commended the outcomes and agreements their work helped to secure, reiterating the commitment of the Egyptian Presidency to deliver on an impactful and inclusive COP.

The conference of the parties adopted its agenda, and for the first time since the adoption of the UN climate convention, parties agreed to introduce loss and damage funding as an agenda item at the climate conference, after a yearlong effort culminating in 48 hours of continuous informal consultations led by the Egyptian COP Presidency on the eve of the COP. Shoukry lauded the sense of responsibility and commitment that parties showed, as well as the collective determination to preserve the credibility and relevance of the climate process by making the right decision that responds to the suffering of millions of climate calamity victims around the world.

Separately, Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi, director general of COP28, the Emirates Climate Conference, reiterated the UAE’s support for Egypt’s focus on the implementation of COP27 and commended Egypt and the General Secretariat of the UNFCCC for bringing the world together and advancing real progress on climate change.

“This is the time to get investment decisions made, innovations deployed, finance released, spades in the ground and cranes in the air. This is the time for action,” said Al Suwaidi.

More than 50,000 attendees are registered and expected to participate at COP27’s Blue Zone and thousands of others at the Green Zone. The Egyptian Presidency has designated several key thematic days that will include pledging opportunities, discussions, roundtables and side events. The thematic days are part of the efforts to advance climate action that can address existing implementation bottlenecks and gaps and deepen engagement with youth, women, civil society and indigenous people.

The Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit will start tomorrow and run for two days, bringing together all participating heads of state and government. Following the summit’s inauguration, several roundtables led by tens of world leaders will focus on six key topics: Just Transitions, Food Security, Innovative Finance for Climate and Development, Investing in the Future of Energy, Water Security, and Climate Change and The Sustainability of Vulnerable Communities

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