Claims from Africa will be a central part of the next Climate Summit

The continent’s concerns will be heard at COP27, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry assured during a meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly. In New York.

Shoukry is the designated president of the Summit, which will take place next November in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The foreign minister cited among those concerns the fulfillment of promises made by rich nations to finance those with fewer resources.

In addition, he highlighted the need for a just transition to a green economy, adaptation to climate change and the loss and damage suffered as a result of that phenomenon.

At a recent meeting of African environment ministers, held in Dakar, the Egyptian head of the sector, Yasmine Fouad, lamented that 20 percent of the region’s population lives in countries that are among the 10 most vulnerable to climate change. .

In this regard, he highlighted that from 2010 to 2022, 172.3 million Africans were affected by drought and 43 million by floods.

The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, on several occasions called on developed countries to fulfill their promise to deliver 100 billion dollars a year to nations with fewer resources to combat climate change.

The cost to combat this problem will reach 800 billion dollars per year by 2025, which is why the poorest countries need support, El Sisi stressed a few days ago during a panel at the Egypt Forum for International Cooperation and Development Financing.

According to the vice president of the African Development Bank, Kevin Urama, the continent requires more than 145 billion dollars annually to face climate change until 2030.

“Africa’s historical and current share of carbon emissions is below three percent of the global total, but the burden of climate change on economies on the continent is disproportionately high, with an annual loss of five to 15 percent of the global total. per capita economic growth from 1986 to 2015,” he revealed in a recent interview with Al Ahram newspaper.

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