Meeting of President Designate of COP 27 Sameh Shokry and UNFCCC Admitted NGOs at Bonn, Germany on June 8, 2022. Press Photo
CAIRO – 8 June 2022: President Designate of COP 27, who is also Egypt's minister of foreign affairs, Sameh Shokry held talks Wednesday with the NGOs admitted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The meeting took place in Germany's Bonn on the sidelines of the 56th session of the UNFCCC, where the minister held meetings with other groups as well.
The purpose of the meeting was learning about the visions of the attendees, especially that they represent various groups such as women, youth, and indigenous people.
The ideas discussed were relevant to the sectors of manufacturing, business management, environment, agriculture, urbanization, municipalities, research, and professional syndicates.
On his side, the minister presented the vision of Egypt, COP 27 president, on the upcoming summit, calling on the NGOs to actively contribute to the content, and participate in the events to be held within the summit.
Shokry had also met the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN), and The Group of 77 and China.
Addressing the former, The minister said that Egypt, host of COP 27 to be held in Sharm El Sheikh next November, is keen on making African concerns pertaining to climate change on top of the list of priority topics.
That is because although the continent's share in emissions is the lowest, it is the most hit by the impact of climate change. What makes the situation more precarious is that African states face difficulties to obtain the climate funding necessary to achieve adaptation and mitigation.
Minister Shokry added that Egypt is equally eager to accomplish consensus among all parties involved in climate action, particularly on the front of mitigation and adaptation.
Another priority highlighted by COP 27 president designate is the fulfillment of climate pledges, and those consist of national contributions as well as commitments vowed by different parties.
In the other meeting, the minister noted that Egypt would dissociate climate negotiations from the ongoing geopolitical developments at COP 27.
Shoukry similarly underscored the vital role of The Group of 77 and China in advancing the interests of developing countries at climate change negotiations.