Egypt Wants to Shift Focus to Developing Countries in Climate Talks 

Environmental News from Egypt:

Egypt will position itself as an impartial arbiter while hosting this year’s COP27 U.N. climate summit, as it pushes other nations to act on climate pledges while promoting the interests of the developing world, a senior Egyptian official said.

Egypt, where unauthorized public demonstrations are banned, would also welcome protests within the rules of the Nov. 7-18 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, said Wael Aboulmagd, special representative to the COP27 president.

A natural gas exporter, Egypt takes over the presidency of the U.N. climate talks from Britain. Last year’s summit in Glasgow, Scotland, ended with the nearly 200 countries in attendance promising to strengthen their climate pledges this year. read more

Eleven countries had updated their targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, known as nationally determined contributions (NDC), since the Glasgow summit, COP26 President Alok Sharma said on Wednesday. “I hope we will see more of these come through,” he told a UK parliamentary committee.

Wealthy nations disappointed many in Glasgow by saying they would not deliver the $100 billion per year promised from 2020 until 2023 to help developing countries with their energy transition and with adapting to a warming world.

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Source: Reuters

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