Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad discussed with Christian Yuka, the director of Africa department in the French Development Agency (AFD), the urgent issues of the African continent in light of Egypt’s hosting of the upcoming climate conference COP 27, and ways to raise Africa’s interests among the priorities of the conference.
During a meeting on Sunday, Fouad stressed the importance of cooperation with the AFD in light of the extended and fruitful relations with France, specifically with regard to the climate file, and its efforts to put forward the Paris Climate Agreement and work to present the interests of all countries.
Yuka offered full readiness to cooperate in the upcoming climate conference, to support the interests of the African continent and its urgent issues in the climate file, including measures to adapt to the effects of climate change, which many African countries need to confront the threats of climate change.
Moreover, the minister pointed out that the next climate conference, which Africa will host in Egypt, will pay special attention to the pressing issues of the continent, especially financing and adaptation, explaining that financing is an urgent issue for developing countries and Africa, especially with the current goal of reaching $100m.
She further added that providing financing is not the biggest challenge, but rather linking it to the needs of countries is more important, as the real financing process requires consideration of the needs and priorities of countries in proportion to their development paths.
With regard to the issue of adaptation, the minister stressed that it will be a priority for the next climate conference, in light of the wide discussions that took place in previous climate conferences on other issues related to climate such as mitigation and the greenhouse gas.
Furthermore, Fouad explained that the next phase will address partnerships with many partners and donors to support the upcoming COP 27 climate conference.