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Egypt to Fight Against Backslide of Climate Goals at COP27

Annual United Nations climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh will happen as global leaders are forced to deal with inflation and the food and energy crises.

A farmer scatters seeds in a field near Luxor, Egypt.

A farmer scatters seeds in a field near Luxor, Egypt.

Photographer: Sima Diab/Bloomberg

Egypt, the country hosting COP27 later this year, wants to ensure there’s no backtracking on past commitments to slow the pace of climate change — even as global leaders grapple with food shortages, an energy crisis and high inflation. 

The annual United Nations-sponsored Conference of Parties is scheduled for November in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is also the conference’s president, spoke to Bloomberg News about the challenges ahead.