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Sunday, 6 November 2022

COP27 dominates the conversation on the airwaves

It was all about COP27 yesterday on talk shows: On the eve of the global climate summit, the nation’s talking heads recapped the issues at stake and how the government has prepared for the gathering. Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi was broadcasting live from Sharm: she spoke about the preparations, the agenda for the summit and what to expect (watch, runtime: 10:02), and talked to Foreign Minister and COP27 President Sameh Shoukry, Egypt climate czar Mahmoud Mohieldin, and Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad.

Shoukry emphasized the importance of implementing previous climate pledges: “The world is facing extraordinary circumstances, but the climate change issue is one that will continue with us for years to come,” he said (watch, runtime: 4:02).

Mohieldin stressed that climate finance will, if we get it right, help bring in more jobs and boost economic growth (watch, runtime: 5:04). Climate finance isn’t a luxury, Mohieldin said: Egypt is among the countries most sharply impacted by climate change, despite our low emissions.

Egypt will announce a voluntary carbon market during the summit, Fouad told El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 5:20). The market would stimulate the private sector to slash emissions and sell carbon credits, she said. The minister highlighted the role of the country’s strategy for climate in attracting investments by the private sector. “If we drift away from where the world is heading [in terms of sustainability], our economy will not rise,” she said.

El Sisi to inaugurate the summit tomorrow: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is set to use his opening address tomorrow to present a roadmap aimed at turning previous climate pledges into realistic and concrete solutions, El Hadidi said.

Also getting a mention: The National Dialogue’s board of trustees meeting to discuss the

Economic Conference’s recommendations got coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 1:15).

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