Egyptian President Sisi spoke at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on November 30th. Sisi stated support for a binding deal, but raised an issue of disparity between developed and developing countries’ contributions to climate change.
Acting as a representative for the African countries at the summit, Sisi stated that “all African nations are contributing less to the total harmful emissions and are the most affected by climate change. Africa demands an international, just, and clear agreement that considers disparity of burdens between developed and developing countries.”
President Sisi expressed the need for greater funding and expertise from wealthy states for the developing ones to combat climate change. “Africa needs between $7-15b annually until 2020 for adaptation, and between $50-100b per year until 2050,” Sisi added citing a United Nations Environment Program study.