Putting water on the agenda at Egypt’s COP27

  • 13.09.2022
  • Sci Dev

In a packed room in Stockholm, delegates at World Water Week turned their attention to another major event on the horizon where water issues in the global South will loom large.

“I’m coming from Egypt, and one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt, Alexandria, is threatened to be demolished because of the high level of the Mediterranean Sea,” said Sherif Eissa, assistant minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Egypt, the country that will be hosting the UN climate summit, COP27 in November.

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, sat on the front row, was among those attending the high-level panel discussion, which sought to look at how the momentum from other UN agendas could be harnessed ahead of a key UN water conference next year.

Eissa announced some of the initiatives that will be launched during COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh (6 to 18 November), a conference which would place special emphasis on Africa, he said.

“What does Egypt have for the COP27?” he asked. “We have [an] initiative called AWARE, Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience. It will work in Africa especially in order to enhance exchange of information, capacity building and investment in water adaptation and water projects.”