El Sisi’s speech at COP 26 dominates the talk shows
The opening ceremony of the COP 26 summit dominated last night’s talk shows: In his speech at the opening ceremony (watch, runtime: 5:27), President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called on developed countries to follow up on their pledge to provide a USD 100 bn each in year in funding to help developing countries in their fight against climate change.
“Despite not being responsible for the climate crisis, Africa is suffering its consequences the most,” he said, expressing concern regarding the gap between the available funding and the amount needed to help the developing world face the effects of climate change. He also highlighted several of the government’s key successes, including selling the MENA region’s first ever green bonds last year to putting together a framework for improving the environment by the middle of the century. El Sisi’s speech was aired on both Al Hayah Al Youm and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 5:39 | 7:52), while Al Hayah ran the summit’s opening ceremony in full (watch, runtime: 1:23:40).
A busy day of diplomacy: El Sisi held talks with a number of world leaders during the second day of the summit, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Félix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is currently chairing the African Union. He also met Lebanese PM Najib Mikati, Libya’s interim PM Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, and Palestinian PM Mohamed Shtayyeh. Among the European leaders the president yesterday were Germany’s outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.
Egypt attaches great importance to adapting to climate change, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad told Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 1:55), who broadcast her show from Glasgow (watch, runtime: 4:59). She reiterated the many consequences of climate change and Egypt’s important role during this year’s summit in preparation to host it next year.