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Egypt: ‘No more useless promises’ says UN climate champion Mohieldin

By Anne-Marie Bissada

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Posted on July 1, 2022 15:34

 © Mahmoud Moheldin in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (photo: Anne-Marie Bissada)
Mahmoud Moheldin in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (photo: Anne-Marie Bissada)

Egypt is set to host Africa’s COP – the UN Climate Change (COP27) – in November. But how green is Egypt? Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN climate change high-level champion for Egypt, tells The Africa Report that COP27 will inevitably shine a spotlight on the country. And force it to follow through on recent modernisation projects.

From its never-ending negotiations with Ethiopia regarding the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), to new deals of exporting gas to an energy-starved Europe, Egypt is the centre of attention as it gets ready to play host to this year’s COP27.

One man, in particular, is spearheading this effort on behalf of his country to make sure Egypt gets the push it needs to follow through on its environmentally-minded policies.

Mahmoud Mohieldin has always been an environmental activist, without knowing he was one. Growing up in a small village in the Egyptian delta, he recounts how his family grew citrus fruits and other produce for years. But it was only when he left for the big city that he began to witness first-hand “the deterioration” of his village.

“When you see the greenery withdrawing [and replaced with] some sort of ugly building, when you see that some […] water channels that we

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