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UN envoy welcomes climate spotlight on Egypt, Africa

"Africa is bringing solutions," said Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor.
UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27, Mahmoud Mohieldin, speaks at the United Nations Climate Action: Race to Zero and Race to Resilience Forum in New York City on Sept. 21, 2022.

NEW YORK — Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High Level Champion for COP27, said that "Egypt is uniquely positioned" when it comes to its role in addressing climate change in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings last week.

"It's an African country, it's a Mediterranean country, it's an Arab country with very strong ties around the world. … I think Egypt is coming with this kind of great geopolitical understanding, with the good geography that helped the country to understand the priorities and areas of tension between the different players. And it will prove to be a very strong deal broker as well.”

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