Egypt and hosting the 27th Climate Conference

Egypt wishes to host the 27th Conference of Parties on Climate Change that will be held in November 2022. This is what a senior Egyptian official quoted a publication specializing in climate issues. So far, as one of the United Nations news sites on the Sustainable Development Goals indicates, the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from 7 to 18 November 2022, and the venue To be determined. Note that the geographical distribution of this event, which annually attracts the largest gathering of world leaders ever, is part of the African continent’s share for the session that will follow the 26th Conference of Parties that will be hosted by the Scottish city of Glasgow at the end of this year (between 1 and 12 November 2021). On the other hand, there has been no official confirmation from Cairo yet of its desire to host

COP-27. This is understandable, because the matter requires a prelude that includes the Egyptian Foreign Ministry launching a global diplomatic campaign, especially in the African continent, to obtain the support of the member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, for the Egyptian request for hosting.

We believe that Egypt deserves to win the opportunity to host the 27th Conference of the Parties. It is time for it to take its rightful place in the huge global workshop on climate change. The way to that has become clear, after Egypt withdrew its candidate for the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization, the well-known expert of the organization (after the organization was established on January 1, 1995, he was responsible for the second most important negotiation file after the trade in goods file, which is the trade in services file) Abdul Hamid Mamdouh, advisor to the G20 Presidency for global trade affairs, for the benefit of the Nigerian candidate, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who became the first woman from the African continent to occupy this high position among the major international economic and financial organizations. Among the Arab countries, all of which are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Morocco, whose city of Marrakesh hosted two sessions of the conference (the seventh session in October 2001, and the twenty-second session in November 2016); And Qatar (the eighteenth session in November 2012), to host this conference. From the African continent, there are also only two countries that have previously hosted the conference, namely Kenya, whose capital Nairobi hosted the twelfth session in November 2006, and the Republic of South Africa, whose city Durban hosted the seventeenth session of the conference in December 2011.

Egypt, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will have to move swiftly and smoothly to resolve this issue within the African negotiating group on climate change; It is a negotiating group established at the first conference of the parties in Berlin in 1995, as an alliance of African states that represents the interests of the countries of the continent with a unified and common voice in the climate negotiations. And to be the beginning of the move towards the Republic of Gabon, which currently chairs the group, in order to avoid the embarrassment of the opposing nominations that may be presented by some other African countries. Obtaining the support of this group is very important before heading to the 26th Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in which the name of the country that will host the next climate summit (COP-27) will be decided. And before that, of course, the Arab Group for Climate Negotiations must be briefed about the matter in order to obtain its very important blessing and support in terms of mobilization.

It goes without saying that hosting one of the annual United Nations climate summits is a momentous event for the host country. Therefore, it must demonstrate and prove its possession of the logistical, technical, financial and security means (as these summits are usually attended by world leaders) necessary to organize this major global event, which will naturally receive some financial, technical and administrative support from the United Nations departments concerned with climate issues. As the world is passing through an exceptional phase for the second year in a row due to the Corona pandemic, it is unlikely that the next summit will be held in Glasgow in person (about 30,000 participants on average from all over the world). The United Nations is considering the option of combining a symbolic personal presence with remote participation. And as the world has learned to live with the risk of infection with Covid-19, the African host of the 27th Conference of Parties (Egypt in this case) may need to develop a few options for holding the conference, including the combination of representative personal attendance and enhanced virtual meetings. Egypt is perhaps the most qualified African country to deal with both possibilities. Especially if the default conference option is imposed the same, as Egypt is distinguished among African countries by having a highly developed communications network. Egypt also has previous experience hosting world leaders who participated in the launching ceremony of the Suez Canal expansion project in 2015.
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