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  Egypt which will host the 2022 UN Climate Conference this November is calling on the international community to act on climate promises made to developing countries the country s foreign minister said on Saturday In his speech to the high level segment of the UN General Assembly Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of growing polarization in which serious action and commitment to multilateralism The fault lies he said not with the UN system but with the member states lack of respect for the Organization He called on states to revitalize and reform it and urged them not to leave the process incomplete so that the UN can better respond to the challenges and achieve the goals of the people On the Ukrainian invasion of Russia Mr Selim warned that this has exacerbated the crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic leading to a greater burden for developing countries especially in terms of growing public deficits Respect sovereignty It is necessary he said that developed countries convert the debt they have into joint investment projects which would create more job opportunities and contribute to positive economic growth There must be an international consensus Mr Selim said without threats to countries or undermining of sovereignty Current challenges he continued threaten the very notion of nation states leading to disrespect and weakening of state entities allowing non state terrorists to control the destiny of nations Supporting global food security The food crisis facing Africa said Mr Selim is the consequence of many years in which the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs have not been achieved particularly those related to the hunger and food security With one in five Africans at risk of hunger and the continent a net importer of food Mr Selim said the crisis must be addressed through an international strategy that addresses its root causes Solutions include implementing sustainable agricultural and food systems that meet the needs of people in African food importing countries whose products he stated must be allowed to be part of the global supply chain without hindrance Mr Selim offered Egypt s support in creating an international center in the country for grain storage supply and marketing to ensure global food security Developing countries most deserving of our support On the climate crisis Mr Selim noted that Egypt will assume the chairmanship of the UN Climate Conference COP27 to be held in the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh this November He called on all members of the international community to act on the promises and commitments to support developing countries to face the devastating effects of the emergency They are the ones who most deserve our support he said The Minister hoped that the Conference would achieve results that will contribute to a reduction in emissions and enhance commitments to mitigation adaptation and loss and damage He reminded the audience that financing for adaptation must be doubled that the 100 billion annually pledged for climate finance must be duly delivered and that there must be a just transition to renewable energy The implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement would demonstrate Mr Selim said that climate action remains a top priority on the global stage despite the challenges facing the world Nile always part of Egypt s history On water security Mr Selim described the issue as one such challenge especially for countries in the Middle East and Africa Many of those countries he explained are dry and arid but the severe human suffering resulting from water scarcity he said is often due to a lack of respect for international law with some countries monopolizing water resources to the detriment of the nations down river Regarding the Nile Mr Selima stated that while Egypt recognizes the right of the Ethiopian people to development this will never mean that the country relinquishes the Egyptians right to water from the river which he said has always been part of the history of Egypt A legally binding agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam must be reached the Minister said in line with an agreement reached by Egypt Ethiopia and Sudan in 2015 and a 2021 Security Council resolution to the three States so that they respect their obligations with deeds not with words
Egypt’s Foreign Minister calls for better climate commitments at COP27

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Egypt, which will host the 2022 UN Climate Conference this November, is calling on the international community to act on climate promises made to developing countries, the country’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

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In his speech to the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of growing polarization, in which serious action and commitment to multilateralism.

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The fault lies, he said, not with the UN system, but with the member states’ lack of respect for the Organization.

He called on states to revitalize and reform it, and urged them not to leave the process incomplete, so that the UN can better respond to the challenges and achieve the goals of the people.

On the Ukrainian invasion of Russia, Mr. Selim warned that this has exacerbated the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a greater burden for developing countries, especially in terms of growing public deficits.

Respect sovereignty It is necessary, he said, that developed countries convert the debt they have into joint investment projects, which “would create more job opportunities and contribute to positive economic growth.”

There must be an international consensus, Mr. Selim said, without threats to countries or undermining of sovereignty.

Current challenges, he continued, threaten the very notion of nation-states, leading to disrespect and weakening of state entities, allowing non-state terrorists to control the destiny of nations.

Supporting global food security The food crisis facing Africa, said Mr. Selim, is the consequence of many years in which the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have not been achieved, particularly those related to the hunger and food.

security.

With one in five Africans at risk of hunger and the continent a net importer of food, Mr. Selim said, the crisis must be addressed through an international strategy that addresses its root causes.

Solutions include implementing sustainable agricultural and food systems that meet the needs of people in African food-importing countries whose products, he stated, must be allowed to be part of the global supply chain without hindrance.

Mr. Selim offered Egypt’s support in creating an international center in the country for grain storage, supply and marketing to ensure global food security.

Developing countries ‘most deserving of our support’ On the climate crisis, Mr Selim noted that Egypt will assume the chairmanship of the UN Climate Conference COP27, to be held in the resort city of Sharm El- Sheikh this November.

He called on all members of the international community to act on the promises and commitments to support developing countries to face the devastating effects of the emergency.

“They are the ones who most deserve our support,” he said.

The Minister hoped that the Conference would achieve results that will contribute to a reduction in emissions and enhance commitments to mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage.

He reminded the audience that financing for adaptation must be doubled, that the $100 billion annually pledged for climate finance must be duly delivered, and that there must be a just transition to renewable energy.

The implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement would demonstrate, Mr. Selim said, that climate action remains a top priority on the global stage, despite the challenges facing the world.

Nile ‘always part of Egypt’s history’ On water security, Mr. Selim described the issue as one such challenge, especially for countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Many of those countries, he explained, are dry and arid, but the severe human suffering resulting from water scarcity, he said, is often due to a lack of respect for international law, with some countries monopolizing water resources, to the detriment of the nations.

down river.

Regarding the Nile, Mr. Selima stated that while Egypt recognizes the right of the Ethiopian people to development, this will never mean that the country relinquishes the Egyptians’ right to water from the river, which, he said, has always been part of the history of Egypt.

A legally binding agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam must be reached, the Minister said, in line with an agreement reached by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in 2015, and a 2021 Security Council resolution.

to the three States so that they respect their obligations with deeds, not with words.

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