Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, President of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), received on Saturday, November 12, 2022, the United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, in conjunction with the activities of the Day of Agriculture and Adaptation to Climate Change within the various thematic days that permeate the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Conference.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid indicated that Minister Shoukry was keen to express appreciation for the strategic relations between Egypt and the US, hailing the level of technical cooperation between the two sides in the vital agricultural sector in both countries.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson added that Minister Shoukry also referred to the importance of agriculture in achieving food security, which is currently witnessing a global crisis in light of the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, as well as the negative effects of climate change on agriculture and food availability. In this regard, he referred to the appeal for peace made by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit to stop the war, whose negative repercussions have affected everyone.
Ambassador Abu Zeid concluded his statements by revealing that the US minister stressed the importance that the US attaches to active participation in the different activities of the COP27 conference. In this context, he outlined the various initiatives addressed by the US side during the conference, foremost of which is the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) initiative, which aims to deal with the issues of climate change and hunger by mobilizing the necessary climate finance.
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