The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union (EU), the Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Switzerland and the African Climate Foundation have signed a new $6.2 million project to support the presidency of Egypt from the 27th session of the United Nations Conference.
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from November 7 to 18 this year.
COP27 is the world’s most important conference on climate change.
This new project will bring together partners from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia to strengthen climate action in support of Egypt’s COP27 Presidency Team. The signing ceremony marking the launch of the joint project took place at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the presence of Alessandro Fracassetti, UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt, HE Ambassador Svend Olling, Ambassador of Denmark to Egypt, HE Ambassador Yvonne Baumann, Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, Ms. Sophie Vanhaeverbeke, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union in Egypt, Ambassador Yasser Abed, Director of the Department for International Development Cooperation, at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Ayman Tharwat, Deputy Director for the Department of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
The project will support Egypt’s COP27 presidency and its work to implement the Paris Agreement through initiatives in several priority areas, including renewable energy, climate change adaptation and climate security.
Technical expertise and knowledge will be provided through the project to help Egypt fulfill its commitments as host of this year’s conference.
This will include expert support for consultations on regional and thematic groupings for inclusive negotiations, advancing multidisciplinary initiatives for climate action, and showcasing best practices from Africa and other regions.
On behalf of the COP27 Presidency team, Ambassador Ayman Tharwat, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, MoFA added: “I express my gratitude to our partner countries and UNDP as the implementing agency for supporting the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the UNFCCC held in Sharm El Sheikh Today’s signing ceremony is a real manifestation of commitment to the success of COP27 which aims to pave the way for a new era of implementation and mobilize available resources to combat climate change and ensure a just transition”.
His Excellency Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the EU Delegation in Egypt, said: “The agreements signed today are a tangible expression of the European Union’s support for Egypt in making COP27 a success.
Together with our Egyptian partners , we are committed to leading action to fight climate change COP27 will be an important milestone in advancing our common climate agenda Speaking at the launch ceremony, UNDP’s Alessandro Fracassetti shared the sense of urgency regarding climate action : “With just forty days to COP27, this is a proud moment for UNDP as we join our valued partners and the Government of Egypt in supporting the country’s presidency of this important conference.
We recognize the importance of climate change: it is real, urgent and affects us all.
UNDP is committed to supporting the COP27 Presidency Team to achieve ambitious yet realistic and achievable goals.” During the ceremony, the Danish Ambassador to Egypt, Svend Olling, highlighted that: “Denmark is proud to support the COP presidency of the Government of Egypt and to promote the precedent that Cairo is setting in the region around climate problems.
Denmark has pledged to lead by example in combating climate change, from pushing ambitious emissions reduction targets to securing more climate finance and joining with our partners on climate action.Our partnership with Egypt is a long-standing example, therefore we are pleased to witness the COP27 in Egypt working to accelerate climate action, ensuring inclusive, sustainable and ambitious results.” On the occasion of the signing ceremony, the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, HE Yvonne Baumann, stated that “Switzerland is pleased to contribute to Egypt’s Climate Change Strategy through its Cooperation Program.
It does so primarily through involvement in green finance, sustainable infrastructure, and capacity building for green growth.
This is complemented by the current partnership with UNDP and the government of Egypt, which supports the preparation of COP27.
We are excited to be a part of it.” Representing the African Climate Foundation (ACF), Faten Aggad said: “As an Africa-based, African-led foundation, we could not miss the opportunity to join the COP27 Presidency at this important event in the continent.
Climate change is a reality for the African continent, and we are committed to playing our role as a philanthropist by supporting African actors to help promote solutions that are fit for purpose and relevant to our context.”