"COP22: Fostering Climate Change Resilience in Egypt"
World leaders assembled in Marrakech for the 22nd annual climate change conference, known as COP22, to come up with an action plan for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Despite the uncertainty caused by Donald Trump’s pledge for the US to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, many leaders chose to look ahead. This showed that the Paris Agreement and the underlying cause reach beyond any individual country.
Prior to COP22, 55 nations had already ratified the Paris Agreement, representing 55% of the total global emissions which is the minimum percentage required for the agreement to enter force and thus become international law. By the end of COP22, a total of 111 countries have ratified the agreement. Additionally, 11 countries pledged to inject an extra $50 million for the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency Fund for developing countries not only to monitor and track, but to fulfil their existing climate pledges and build upon them. While some developing countries pushed for differentiating between the developed and developing countries in bearing the responsibility. 47 of the world’s poorest countries – allied as the Climate Vulnerable Forum - committed to generate 100% of their energy from renewable resources as soon as possible. Many African countries also played an important role at COP22 by announcing the ambitious African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) which sets out to generate 10GW from renewable resources by 2020 and 300GW by 2030.
The 45th Cairo Climate Talks will bring together experts on climate policy, climate change science, and renewable energy to share their knowledge and insights on the 2018 plan based on the decisions made at COP22 and the question how those decisions will affect Egypt. Which mitigation, adaptation and finance plans are being adopted by the Egyptian government? How can civil society play a role in achieving those plans? And how can those plans help Egypt’s economy grow while securing a safe planet for all?
Ambassador Wael Abou El Magd, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Environment and Sustainable Development of Egypt
Dr. Maged Mahmoud, Director for Projects and Technical Affairs, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)Hoda Baraka, Global Communication manager for “350.org” organizationMahmoud El Refai, Project Manager for Power Generation Services, Siemens
Lena Donat, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, Member of Ecologic Legal Team