On Tuesday, October 4th from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm ET, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event prior to COP 27 in Egypt, to discuss the economic and social impact of climate change on MENA countries and the linkages between climate action, economic growth, poverty, and inequality in the region.
This event featured keynote speaker United Nations President of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Columbia University Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Jeffrey Sachs alongside Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Environment Minister and COP27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy H.E. Yasmine Fouad, COP 28 UAE Organizing Team Executive Vice President Ambassador Majid Al-Suwaidi, United Nations Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27 and Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Mahmoud Mohieldin, United Nations Development Special Advisor to the Administrator Mourad Wahba, and The Rockefeller Foundation Deputy Chief of Staff and Vice President Eric Pelofsky. The conversation was moderated by empowerME Initiative Director Racha Helwa.
President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development
H.E. Yasmine Fouad
Minister of Environment and COP27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy
Arab Republic of Egypt
Ambassador Majid Al-Suwaidi
Executive Vice President
COP 28 UAE Organizing Team
Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27 and Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Special Advisor to the Administrator
United Nations Development Program
Deputy Chief of Staff and Vice President
The Rockefeller Foundation
Director, empowerME Initiative
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