Egypt submits climate action plan to UN
Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy

CAIRO: Egypt has submitted its climate change action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the organization announced Wednesday.

All member states planning to participate in December’s climate conference in Paris will submit climate change action plans; a total of 160 nations have so far submitted their plans.

“The way is long” to a climate change agreement, stated Environmental Minister Khaled Fahmy at a Climate Finance Workshop hosted by the European Union in Cairo in late October.

Minister Fahmy is scheduled to travel to Paris in early November, as a precursor to the Cop21 Paris climate meetings, which will kick off Dec. 7, with an aim to draft a strategy to effectively limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

“The most vulnerable countries, we produce 4 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and half of us live on less than $1 a day. Our lives depend on nature,” said Fahmy, adding that “We are not going to Paris to re-write the convention,” but that Egypt would be pressing for safeguards to ensure that the global polluters are the ones to foot the costs of environmental protection.

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