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African Union Adopts Egyptian President Sisi’s Initiatives on Climate Change

African Union Adopts Egyptian President Sisi’s Initiatives on Climate Change

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Two climate change initiatives proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi at the African Union summit held in Addis Ababa have been adopted unanimously by African leaders.

The Egyptian President, who personally attended the summit in Ethiopia despite a recent dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, was chosen earlier in 2015 as the Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC).

At the Summit, President Sisi presented a report on the outcomes of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) where Egypt acted on behalf of Africa. The President proposed two new initiatives that would see a “unified Africa” diversify its sources of funding to confront climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the Egyptian President’s major goals since assuming office in 2014 has been increasing reliance on renewable energy sources. The Egyptian President has also been keen to reinvigorate Egyptian-African cultural, economic, social and political ties.

The 26th African Union Summit, which began on Friday, also saw the President meet with African officials for bilateral talks on security, the economy, social issues and more.

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