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Egypt and the French Development Agency discuss environmental issues in African countries

Egyptian Minister of the Environment Yasmine Fouad and Regional Director for East Africa of the French Development Agency (AFD) Christian Yoka- – press photo

CAIRO – December 12, 2021: Egyptian Minister of the Environment Yasmine Fouad and Regional Director for East Africa at the French Development Agency (AFD) Christian Yoka and his accompanying delegation discussed the urgent problems of the African continent in light of Egypt’s hosting of the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment said on Sunday.

The Egyptian minister stressed the importance of cooperation with the agency in light of the extensive and fruitful relations with France, especially in climate change issues, the ministry said.

Fouad said that COP 27 will pay particular attention to the pressing issues of the African continent, especially in terms of financing and adaptation. She added that

For his part, Christian Yoka said he was ready to cooperate at the next COP 27 climate conference to support the interests of the African continent, added the ministry.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi discussed ongoing preparations to host COP27 scheduled for 2022, President Bassam Radi’s spokesman said on Saturday.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and a group of ministers, Sisi affirmed the need for this global event to reflect the enormous progress Egypt is experiencing in the environment sector and with regard to the transition to clean energy.

This is part of the ongoing efforts of the Egyptian state to fulfill its commitments to humanity by protecting the environment and displaying the image and efforts of the modern Egyptian state in the implementation of the Egypt 2030 sustainable agenda strategy, said Sisi.

Egypt was officially selected last month to host the conference after years of hard work on tackling climate change.

The resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea will host COP27 “on behalf of African nations,” Sisi said in a speech at COP26 in Glasgow in November.

Egypt’s offer to host COP27 was titled “On the Road to COP27 … A United Africa for a Resilient Future”.

Fouad thanked African states and NGOs at COP26 in Glasgow for approving Egypt’s offer, saying it would be a “true African conference”.

She thanked the UK for its efforts and initiative at COP26, pledging to continue the hard work and build bridges of cooperation, eliminate differences and find common ground.

“Egypt is committed to doing everything possible to make the COP27 a success in the face of this challenge which threatens the whole world, and will spare no effort to make the COP27 hospitable and constructive for all”, declared Fouad.

She added that COP27 will help African countries and worst-affected nations to quickly start their actions to deal with climate change and adapt to its impact.