Statement following the visit of the COP26 President to Egypt

Following an open and constructive exchange of views on climate change issues, priorities and areas of collaboration, as a follow-up to COP26 and in preparation for COP27, COP26 President Alok Sharma and COP27 President-designate Sameh Shoukry issued the following statement:

As current and future UNFCCC COP Presidencies, we affirm our shared commitment to accelerating the fight against climate change during this critical decade. In this context, we agreed that the UK and Egypt would strengthen their bilateral cooperation to tackle climate change and to maintain and build on the current momentum for global climate action.

We will work together in 2022 and beyond to drive ambitious implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, and to deliver on the outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5 degrees within reach and support developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The UK will fully support Egypt to deliver ambitious results at COP27, including ensuring it delivers on its promises for those most vulnerable to climate change.

We underscore the urgency of the action required to close the gaps in mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and finance ambition, and the importance of responding to the best available science in this regard. respect. We recognize that significant progress has been made at COP26, but much remains to be done, in particular to implement the commitments made. We aim to continue a lasting legacy that ensures the UNFCCC process continues to drive ambitious action to address climate change and its impacts.

Through our partnership, we will lead and support key processes, activities and initiatives to increase ambition and implementation to achieve the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. We will work together to encourage all Parties to meet their mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and financing commitments; requesting that by the end of 2022, parties review and strengthen their 2030 emissions target to align with the Paris temperature targets, including by improving long-term NDC strategies and strengthening the ambition, securing accelerated delivery of the $100 billion and making progress towards doubling adaptation finance to 2019 levels, as set out in the Glasgow Climate Pact.

We also recognize the importance of our own national climate action, to demonstrate global leadership. We further recognize the opportunity offered by our partnership to enhance our shared prosperity through green trade and investment opportunities.

To achieve our goals, we will share our experience and expertise and work closely with key partners, including the UNFCCC Secretariat and Chairs of subsidiary bodies. We will pursue inclusive leadership and engagement that leaves no issue or person behind, and enables the voices of all Parties, civil society and vulnerable groups, including youth and indigenous peoples, to be heard.

To this end, we agree to continue close consultations in the coming months, both at the ministerial level and at the technical level.