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African countries encouraged to join climate coalition

The UK has called for African countries to join the UK-Egypt lead Adaptation Action Coalition, which commits to act on climate adaptation, integrate climate risk into all decision making, and increase the availability of adaptation financing.

According to the Daily News Egypt, UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge called for participation during the second Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development.

Held in the first week of March, the forum, under the title “Shaping Africa’s New Normal: Recovering Stronger, Rebuilding Better”, calls for building back better, stronger and greener. 

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Climate security was a key consideration, with Duddridge reiterating the risks of climate change and the need for action. As a result, Duddridge encouraged participation in the coalition, launched by UK prime minister Boris Johnson in January.

Africa is the most vulnerable to climate change – and as such, the United Kingdom will work with African countries to encourage greater climate adaption planning and encourage donors to increase access to climate finance.

The UK, the host of this year’s COP26, is hosting the Climate Development Ministerial on 31 March.  The meeting will identify practical steps to support the delivery of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

This is one of many such collaborations that the UK has in place. The latest being the Energy Transition Council which hosted its first national dialogue with Egypt to find ways to support Egypt in its clean energy transition.

“We are proud to support the Aswan Forum for sustainable peace and development,” said UK Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams, “bringing together African countries to explore African-led solutions to issues affecting the future of the continent.” 

“It is vital that discussions like this take place, and especially so at present, as we all strive to ensure a resilient, sustainable and equitable recovery from COVID-19,” Adams added, “This year and last at the Aswan Forum, the issues discussed have a direct bearing on the lives of millions, whether regarding climate security, or the role of women in society.”

“I am confident that UK-Egypt partnership on these issues will continue to strengthen, and that we will continue to find ways to work together to meet the challenges, and seize the opportunities that Africa presents,” he said.