Egypt’s Minister of Environment declares four-axis plan for hosting COP 27

Egypt’s Minister of Environment declares four-axis plan for hosting COP 27 Sun, Jan. 2, 2022
CAIRO- 2 January 2022: Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yassmine Fouad announced on Saturday that the ministry has a four-axis plan for hosting the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27) next November in Sharm El Sheikh.

The Minister said that the first axis includes raising the efficiency of hotels, diving centers, and hotel rooms in Sharm El Sheikh, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.

The second axis is providing eco-friendly transportation, while the third axis is concerned with raising the electrical capacity of the conference hall, while the fourth is concerned with raising the efficiency of the city's waste system in terms of collection, transportation, treatment and recycling.

The Minister announced this plan during a meeting with Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Local Development. They discussed also certain projects for converting waste into energy, besides draft contract form between the investors and the governorates through the Waste Management Regulatory Agency.

On November 16, 2021, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reviewed the mechanism for executing the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to initiate preparations for hosting the COP 27.

As per presidential directives, a supreme committee will be formed under the chairmanship of the prime minister with relevant ministers and representatives of the bodies concerned as its members, to take all the measures necessary to create a successful global event.

Egypt has officially been selected to host the UN Climate Change Conference in November 2022 (UNFCCC COP 27) after years of significant work on countering climate change.

Several countries around the world had welcomed Egypt’s proposal prior to the decision. The Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will host COP27 “on behalf of African nations,” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a speech at the COP26 in Glasgow earlier in November.

Egypt’s proposal to host COP27 was titled "Road to COP27...A United Africa for a Resilient Future.”

Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad thanked African states and NGOs at COP26 in Glasgow on Thursday for endorsing Egypt’s offer, stating that it will be “a real African conference.” She thanked the UK for its efforts and initiative in COP26, promising to continue the hard work and to build bridges of cooperation, remove differences and find common ground.

“Egypt takes it upon itself to make every effort to achieve success in COP27 in facing this challenge that threatens the whole world, and will spare no effort to make COP27 hospitable and constructive for all,” Fouad said.

She added that COP27 will help and African countries and the most affected nations to swiftly begin their measures to confront climate change and adapt to its impact.