Egypt has officially been selected to host the UN Climate Change Conference in November 2022 (UNFCCC COP 27) after years of significant work on countering climate change. Several countries around the world had welcomed Egypt’s proposal prior to the decision. The Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will host COP27 “on behalf of African nations. Egypt’s proposal to host COP27 was titled “Road to COP27…A United Africa for a Resilient Future.” This will be “a real African conference.” Egypt takes it upon itself to make every effort to achieve success in COP27 in facing this challenge that threatens the whole world, and will spare no effort to make COP27 hospitable and constructive for all. COP27 will help African countries and the most affected nations to swiftly begin their measures to confront climate change and adapt to its impact, especially the consequences that relate to water scarcity, drought, land desertification and the threat to food security.
Developed countries should shoulder their responsibilities for reducing CO2 emissions in implementation of their international commitments, within the framework of the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC, especially following the recent large-scale forest fires in various regions around the globe. CANZIM hopes that Africa will continue to speak in one voice at climate change Conferences of Parties. The continent is the least contributing to global Greenhouse gas emissions but is and will be hit hard by the impact of climate change.” The upcoming COP 27 will build upon the previous success of the African Continent Priorities, mainly the African Renewable Energy Initiative and the African Adaptation Initiative. Africa needs technical and financial support to tap on the abundant renewable energy resources to secure clean energy necessary for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
Africa needs the financial support of the international community in order to minimize impacts of climate change on achieving Sustainable Development Goals. In order to set global priorities to tackle climate change, it is critical to review the existing local and regional priorities to establish shared priorities across several levels of governance.