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Egypt prepares for COP27 with African meeting

Ahead of the world’s premier climate conference – COP27 – Egypt will host a critical meeting of African leaders.

The meeting will give Africa a single voice on Nationally Determined Contributions to cut emissions and adapt to climate change.

Data from the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows that Africa faces a growing climate threat and a huge resource deficit of $1.6 trillion in climate finance over the next decade.

Egypt’s Minister for International Cooperation, Dr. Rania Almashat—who led her country’s delegation—said the discussions would take place during the Egypt International Cooperation Forum(link is external), to be held in the North African country in September, two months before COP 27.

The Egypt International Cooperation Forum will bring together governments, development partners, the private sector, civil society and think tanks, to showcase successful practices and champion new initiatives that balance sustainable development and environmental needs.

It is the second time the Forum has been held since its first edition in 2021.

That’s where your presence as the African Development Bank is extremely important, because we want to come out of [the Forum] with a declaration of the Africa asks for Finance Day during COP.”

Rania Almashat, Egypt’s Minister for International Cooperation

The African Development Bank Group’s Senior Vice President, Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, led last Tuesday’s meeting. With her were Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, Kevin Kariuki; Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, Kevin Urama; Acting Director General, Office of the President, Alex Mburi; Officer-in-Charge of the Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Al Hamndou Dorsouma; and Director and Special Advisor to the President, Gauthier Bourlard.

Accompanying Minister Almashat were the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin; African Development Bank Executive Director for Egypt Ahmed Zayed; Egypt’s Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Wael Badawi; and the Third Secretary at the Embassy of Egypt, Mohamed Dardiry.