Egypt has called for taking serious steps to limit the negative effects of climate change globally.

This came during the participation of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), which was organized by India’s Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) via video-conference on Thursday.

President of the upcoming Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) said the summit should represent a turning point in global climate action by turning vows into actions, whether on reducing emissions, adapting to the negative effects of climate change, or securing the financing needed to address the climate change crisis in developing countries.

He underlined the importance of raising the level of ambitions on climate action by urging various parties to update their nationally determined contributions to mitigate emissions that lead to climate change.

Shoukry further called for encouraging countries that have not yet submitted their contributions to the Executive Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to do so in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

He underscored in this regard “the importance of responding to the science’s best findings on climate change, according to reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

According to a foreign ministry statement, Shoukry stressed the need to empower the youth and civil society and engage them in global climate action.

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Shoukry emphasized the need to assist and listen to complaints of the groups most affected by the consequences of climate change, which requires taking serious steps to limit the damage associated with the climate crisis.

He said Cairo will carry on its efforts with all parties concerned with global climate action to build confidence and ensure all parties’ comprehensive participation.

Participants extended their congratulations to Egypt for being chosen to host the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh at the end of 2022, according to the statement.

They expressed confidence in Egypt’s ability to make the event a success, reflecting the great progress and national efforts it has made in the field of environmental protection and the transition to clean energy.

Source: English Asharq Al-Awsat

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