News

Egypt’s Sisi Pledges Action at UN Climate Summit

Egypt’s Sisi Pledges Action at UN Climate Summit

601729

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that the world, especially African and Arab states, are in dire need of reaching an agreement that addresses the repercussions of climate change.

Sisi stressed upon Egypt’s commitment to to cooperate with all international parties in tackling climate change, in his speech before the UN Climate Summit in New York.

He said that it is a top priority to confront climate changes as the “Arab region is located in arid environment which is most affected by climate change.”

The Egyptian President urged nation-states, international institutions and the private sector to invest in renewable energy projects in Arab countries.

“We suffer from an energy crisis at a time in which we are targeting high growth rates to achieve sustainable development.”

Sisi added that the new legal framework that will be agreed upon should not be a substitute for the Climate Change Convention, “but it must be complementary to it.”

601836

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had invited world leaders to the summit to “galvanise and catalyse climate action,” according to the UN website. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to attend the summit.

Egypt’s cabinet amended on Wednesday the law governing the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) to allow the authority to form companies to produce and sell electricity.

Addressing the annual two-day economic conference Euromoney, Investment Minister Ashraf Salman said on Tuesday that the government will propose projects to generate four thousand megawatts of renewable energy within two weeks.

The projects include generating electricity from solar energy and wind energy, with seven billion dollars worth of investments.

Since the summer of 2012, Egypt has been facing its worst energy crisis in years, with power outages on the rise. Power cuts have specifically surged since the start of this summer.

Egyptian authorities have often owed the power crisis to a larger fuel crisis, which mainly involves a shortage in natural gas.

Egypt's President Sisi Addresses the United Nations
Egypt's President Sisi meets top US politicians, former Secretaries of State

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
@AswatMasriya_En

Aswat Masriya is a Thomson Reuters Foundation-sponsored website that covers Egypt's transition to democracy. en.aswatmasriya.com

More in News

Egypt Mourns Coptic Christian Killed by ISIS in North Sinai

Egyptian Streets19 April 2021

Egypt Train Accident Kills 11, Injures 98 in El-Qalioubiya

Egyptian Streets18 April 2021

Churches in 13 Egyptian Cities to Cancel Holy Week and Easter Services Over COVID-19 Fears

Egyptian Streets17 April 2021

United Nations Warns Against ‘Fake Egyptian Ambassador’

Egyptian Streets16 April 2021

320,000 Egyptians Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Egyptian Streets16 April 2021

Bus and Truck Collision in Egypt’s Assiut Kills 20

Olivia Mustafa14 April 2021

Egypt Impounds Ever Given Ship Over Suez Canal Compensation Dispute

Olivia Mustafa14 April 2021

In Photos: Cairo Citadel’s Iftar Cannon Goes off for First Time in 30 Years

Egyptian Streets13 April 2021