Cairo, 5 September 2022 (TDI): Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry met with the Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for the Arab States, Khalida Bouzar.

UNDP high official has arrived in Egypt for a five-day visit. She will meet representatives from the Egyptian government & other key development partners. Her agenda includes discussions on critical issues incl. the importance of Climate Action in the Region in the region ahead of Cop27.

Egypt and UNDP

The Government of Egypt is UNDP’s major and most strategic partner. UNDP implements projects in Egypt through National Implementation Modality (NIM). This follows UNDP regulations, rules, and procedures while building ownership and implementation capacity of government entities.

These government entities include Ministry of Planning and Administrative Support, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Investment, and International Cooperation. Moreover, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, and the National Council of Women.

The private sector in Egypt is an essential contributor to the development and job creation. UNDP supported the development of the UN Global Compact in Egypt which now hosts over 100 registered companies.

Egypt and Cop27

Several COP27-related initiatives are underway in Egypt. These include projects related to sustainable transport, waste recycling, women’s health, the transition to clean energy, and sustainable cities. Moreover, the adaptation measures in the water and agriculture sector, and the links between peace and climate.

Beyond COP27, Egypt is working towards a 2050 national climate strategy, which is based on the reduction of emissions in all sectors, and adaptation to potential changes in the climate.

Egypt is hosting COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. It is seen as a great opportunity to promote international climate action, and to unify the demands of African and developing countries, particularly when it comes to issues of financing, and adaptation to the effects of climate change.