US, Egypt Lunch Working Group for Next Climate Change summit

Published on: 22 February 2022 02:15 PM
by KnowESG

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The American envoy for climate issues said the United States and Egypt announced the launch of a working group to prepare for the next climate change summit at the end of this year.

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John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, said the group recently created would focus on the UN's COP27 conference at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egypt has already begun its activities for the imminent meeting.

Kerry met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and referred to conflicts in the Middle East, which the U.S. and other western powers criticise.

The former U.S. senator and secretary of state who flew to Cairo are expected to deliver a speech at the American University in Cairo on the future of global climate action in the runup to COP27, the State Department communicated.

Kerry said the U.S. was closely working with the Egyptian government to help facilitate Egypt's transit to a clean energy future. He also stated the U.S. has committed to investments to help Egypt convert to solar energy and drive away from the consumption of fossil fuels in a country where more than 100 million people depend on fossil fuels.

The Egyptian government in recent years took several initiatives to convert to renewables. However, the government has faced criticism from environmental groups and activists for razing green spaces and uprooting many trees for infrastructural projects, particularly in the capital city of Cairo.