Giza, 2 March 2022 (TDI): Egypt is set to host the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27). This will be the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference and will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in November 2022.

This conference will be used as a platform to discuss goals on how to meet carbon emission reduction goals. Previously, Egypt has been limited to just presenting its views. This is the first time the country has hosted the conference.

The United States Paris Agreement in 2015 set global warming targets to well below 2c above pre-industrial levels and the limited temperature rises to just 1.5c.

Kusum Lata, team lead of the UNFCC mitigation division said that the organization knows that they fell short of previously set targets. Egyptian ministries and authorities are working together to put forth Egypt’s unique vision for the conference that takes into account the interests of all countries.

At the previous conference, COP26 it was agreed that participating countries should return this year with nationally determined contributions (NDC) instead of waiting five years for them to be renewed.

Kasum Lata added that there is a need to be more quantitative and to increase ambition and enhance implementation. And for that partnerships are essential.

She said that private stakeholders and governments need to work together and strengthen relationships. Finance is set to be a major discussion point in COP 27.

Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s Minister of Environment met with Yves Bazaiba, The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to discuss bilateral cooperation.

Yasmine Fouad said that Egypt would be ready to consider any proposals submitted by the DRC regarding COP 27 to be submitted to the Prime Minister and the higher committee.

She also met with Sharon Ikeazor, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment to discuss cooperation between the two countries on climate change.

Lastly, she also held a meeting with Finland’s Deputy Minister of Environment to discuss Egypt’s joint presidency with Finland for the third track to implement the environmental dimension in the 2030 agenda for Stockholm.

A delegation from Sweden which included Sweden’s Chief Climate Negotiator, Mattias Frumerie, and Secretary for the Stockholm +50 Climate Conference Johanna Lissinger visited Egypt.

Frumerie said that she welcomes Egypt’s decision to host the conference and hopes to support Egypt in its role as president of the conference.