Blended, concessional, and private finance crucial for climate action: John Kerry at Egypt-ICF

Mohamed Samir
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US Climate Envoy John Kerry Underlines Blended, Concessional, and Private Finance as Crucial for Climate Action During Egypt-ICF

US Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry expressed his pleasure in participating in the Egypt- International Cooperation Forum (Egypt-ICF) 2022 in its second edition, which kicked off on Wednesday at the New Administrative Capital.

During his speech at Egypt-ICF 2022 opening ceremony, Kerry delivered US President Joe Biden’s greetings, which carries a message of peace from the United States for Egypt and the region.

“Twenty countries are responsible for 80 percent of total global emissions, while 24 countries in Africa cause only 0.55 percent of these emissions. Meanwhile, 65% of the global GDP has committed $100 billion to be delivered to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation. We hope that COP27 helps us to push for that,” Kerry said.

“While $755 billion was allocated in 2021 to counter the impacts of the climate change, this sum was not enough to do so,” he added.
Kerry also added that the US has allocated $11.4 billion to counter the effects of climate change, but underlined that it was not sufficient to support developing countries in facing the climate crisis.

He also pointed out that COP27, which will be held in Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, will happen against the climate crisis that has impacted Europe, the US, and China this year, adding that water can become a key cause for political conflicts.

Kerry underlined that increasing blended and concessional finance, as well as private sector investments, are key enablers for climate-smart financing.

During his speech, John Kerry thanked President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the Government of Egypt for inviting him to attend the Egypt-International Cooperation Forum, as well as inviting him to attend the COP27 to deliver urgent messages for climate action.

This year’s Egypt-ICF and the Meeting of African Ministers of Economy, Finance and Environment, will provide a platform for governments, multilateral and bilateral development partners, philanthropic foundations, private sector, think tanks, and civil society to consider the challenges the continent is offset by and explore avenues to overcome them.

The Forum’s overall objectives include mobilization of, and access to finance, to mobilize financing and catalyze private sector investments, focused on developing countries and Africa; financing climate action, adaptation and mitigation to leverage the necessary public and private support to accelerate climate action; and providing a timely platform to explore needed national actions that would help progress towards a just and green transition.

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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: LinkedIn: