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UK-Egypt partnership at the heart of global efforts to tackle the climate crisis

COP26 President and Egyptian Environment Minister held a call today to discuss collective ambitions for the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

UK-Egypt partnership at heart of global efforts to tackle climate crisis
Representative image of Alok Sharma, Image License under by CC BY 2.0

August 26, British Embassy Cairo: COP26 President Alok Sharma and Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad held a call today to discuss collective ambitions for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).


In their first call together, the two ministers discussed the critical importance of maintaining shared efforts on climate change during this unprecedented time. While the world rightly focuses on fighting coronavirus, the challenge of climate change has not gone away, and the ministers expressed their shared desire to see increased activity in this area over the coming 18 months.


COP26 President Sharma particularly welcomed the positive collaboration between the UK and Egypt on Adaptation and Resilience (A&R), including the recent creation of the UN ‘Group of Friends on Climate Adaptation and Resilience’, launched jointly by the UK and Egypt in June. This platform will be key to building on A&R outcomes from the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019 - where the UK and Egypt co-led a coalition of countries to commit to raising ambition on A&R - and in the lead up to COP26 itself, which will be hosted by the UK, in partnership with Italy, in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021.


The two ministers also discussed Egypt’s key role as a thought-leader and early-adopter of renewable energy in the region. Projects such as Benban solar park, Africa’s largest, will be central to a green and resilient recovery from COVID-19, and both ministers saw the significant potential for economic recovery packages to focus on investing in clean energy technologies.

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