• Al-Mashat reviews the national platform for green projects, the “Noufy” program, which represents a practical model that can be applied in the countries of the African continent to move from climate pledges to implementation
• The Egypt Forum for International Cooperation and Development Finance represented a major gathering of African governments to coordinate positions on climate action ahead of the climate conference
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, participated in the round table on sustainable energy in Africa and the right to development, as part of the activities of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which included ministers from a number of African countries, including Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal. Franz Timmermann also participated, Vice-President of the European Commission, Christina Duarte, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for African Affairs, development partners and UN organizations to discuss mechanisms for a just energy transition in the continent of Africa, and the right of peoples to development.
Organized by SEforALL, the Roundtable is an international organization launched as an official initiative by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2011, and works in partnership with governments, the private sector, international institutions and non-profit organizations to drive the green economy transition and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7. Clean and affordable energy, stimulating implementation of the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
In her speech, Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, stated that Egypt launched the National Sustainable Energy Strategy, which aims to increase renewable energy within the generated energy mix to 42% by 2035, and is taking steady steps to achieve this goal, as it recently launched the National Climate Change Strategy 2050. To drive adaptation and mitigation efforts to the impacts of climate change, it also announced its nationally determined contribution to achieving sustainable, low-emission economic growth and enhancing resilience to climate change, and Egypt is working to advance the green transformation of the continent during the COP27 Climate Summit.
And during the period from 17-19 last May, the Sustainable Energy for All Organization held a forum in Kigali in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the presence of representatives from many African countries to discuss the requirements of green transformation on the continent, and a final statement was issued containing 7 main principles to address development gaps in Africa and put it on a path that enhances Go green and achieve the principles of the Paris Agreement on climate change and reduce harmful emissions.
In this regard, the Minister of International Cooperation said that the points contained in the final statement of the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Kigali illustrate the common denominator between the goals of all countries of the African continent, regarding a just transition and transition to a green economy and the expansion of sustainable energy sources, pointing out that Egypt started since Years of taking steps that would accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to sustainable energy and climate action.
Al-Mashat also referred to the government’s efforts to move from climate pledges to implementation, through the launch of the national platform for green projects, the “Noufi” program to finance the list of green government projects in the fields of energy, food and water, under the umbrella of the national strategy for climate change, pointing out that the energy axis It is a major component of this program with the aim of implementing a number of effective projects across Egypt to expand renewable energy sources.
She also noted the efforts made with development partners to issue the “Sharm El-Sheikh Fair Finance Guide”, which is scheduled to be launched during the COP27 climate conference, with the aim of creating an enabling environment for financing climate action on the continent, and bridging the financing gap for green and sustainable development.
The Minister of International Cooperation spoke about the Egypt-ICF Forum, which was held in its second edition under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and the meeting of African Ministers of Economy, Finance and Environment, in which more than 23 African governments met, and which worked to create an African consensus. And coordinating visions and positions on climate action and promoting green transformation on the continent ahead of the COP27 climate conference, in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, is participating in the meetings of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is being held in New York, under the slogan “Solutions through Solidarity, Sustainability and Science”, amid unprecedented global repercussions due to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and the economic effects of the Corona pandemic, where she discusses The meetings dealt with a number of important issues that concern the international community, on top of which are food insecurity, the energy price crisis, and global supply chain disruptions.
It is worth noting that the Ministry of International Cooperation, in cooperation with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Environment, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, organized the Egypt-ICF2022 Forum, in its second edition, and the meeting of African Ministers of Economy, Finance and Environment, under the auspices and presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. , where it witnessed a high-level international and regional presence from United Nations organizations, heads of international financial institutions, and the private sector. With the participation of more than 23 African governments, about 20 discussion sessions, workshops and round tables were held on unifying messages and visions, to mobilize the efforts of the international community to support the climate agenda in the continent of Africa, and to prepare for the “Finance Day”.