On 4-6 November 2022, during the weekend prior to the UN climate summit (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Climate Parliament will hold a parliamentary forum in Luxor, Egypt. This event will bring together around one hundred Members of Parliament, many of them from Africa, for a dialogue between legislators, donor agencies and business leaders on the climate and energy agenda. The discussions will focus on climate threats, large scale renewable energy, cross-border grids to enable countries to trade renewable energy, access to energy, clean cooking and other aspects of energy and gender, climate finance, and sustainable transport.
The meeting will be co-sponsored by the Climate Parliament, a global network of legislators working to combat climate change, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It is being made possible by the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission and co-sponsored by the Pan-African Parliament, with whom we have recently co-sponsored our series of 80 virtual parliamentary roundtables on these issues.
As droughts, storms, floods and heatwaves strike all parts of the world, we see this summit as a key opportunity for legislators who have participated in those virtual parliamentary roundtables over the last two years to exchange experiences and ideas on climate action, and to engage with donor agencies and business leaders in order to catalyse climate investment in your country. Some of the MPs present will be representing our Climate Parliament groups in 22 African and Asian Parliaments, which are playing an active role on climate policy in their countries. For example, our Nigerian and Ugandan groups have in the last year both managed to get strong climate laws adopted. Our network, which includes a high proportion of women parliamentarians, has been built up with the generous support of the European Commission over many years.