On November 17, 2022, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, COP27 President, participated in the opening session of Climate Solutions Day, the last thematic day of the climate conference. The session was attended by Dr. Hala Elsaid, Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27, as well as Mr. Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Action and Just Transition.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Director of the Public Diplomacy Department, Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that Minister Shoukry affirmed that this Day provides an important opportunity for exchanging views and experiences with the aim of finding new, innovative and comprehensive solutions to the climate crisis the world is witnessing today, explaining that the Egyptian COP27 presidency’s allocation of a special day for climate solutions comes in line with the issue of implementing the climate pledges that it chose as the main theme of the conference.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs added that the issue of sustainable cities, environmentally friendly transportation, and waste management systems all entail opportunities that must be exploited in order to enhance efforts to address climate change and the ability to adapt to it, noting in this regard the initiatives prepared by the Egyptian presidency on climate solutions aimed at strengthening global climate action, ensuring that states fulfill their Nationally Determined Contributions in emissions reduction and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Ambassador Abu Zeid concluded his remarks by noting that the Foreign Minister also asserted that addressing climate change and activating various climate solutions require cooperation among the various parties involved in international climate action, including governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, regional and international organizations, and development partners.
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