Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt, stressed the need to align sustainable development goals with climate action, a matter that would contribute to solving current problems related to food security and energy shortage as well as facing future challenges.
These remarks were made at a panel discussion held by The African Risk Capacity Group (ARC), which is a Specialized Agency of the African Union.
The session was held under the title “The road to COP27 and beyond”. Moheildin’s speech focused on four key elements: adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, and climate finance.
Mohieldin pointed out that there are many promising opportunities in the field of climate action in Africa, hailing the progress made by a number of African countries in the field of green hydrogen in particular.
He also referred to the leading initiative to mobilize investment in areas related to climate action.
The initiative was launched by COP27 Presidency in cooperation with UN regional commissions and High Level Champions. It includes holding five major regional roundtables to showcase the projects of high priority for the five regions besides mobilizing the investments required for their implementation.
During his speech, Mohieldin highlighted the most important outcomes of the first regional forum, held in Addis Ababa earlier this month and saw 140 promising projects reviewed and then shortlisted to 19 to focus on their implementation in the coming period.
He pointed out that Africa is the most affected by the consequences of climate change despite its contribution to global emissions does not exceed 3 percent.
Mohieldin also referred to the high vulnerability of coastal areas and the suffering of energy and agricultural sectors as a result of climate change.
He stated that this requires providing the necessary funding to support the infrastructure and create more climate resilience.