By Neil Arwin Mercado | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has been invited to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference—also known as COP27—to be held in Egypt in November this year.
This was according to Egypt Ambassador to the Philippines Ahmed Shehabeldin who extended the invitation during his courtesy call on Marcos Jr. in Mandaluyong City on Monday.
“I also took this opportunity to extend the invitation of His Excellency, the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to [Marcos Jr.] to take part in November in COP27,” Shehabeldin said in a press briefing.
“This topic, we talked about how the international community [can] respond to the challenges of climate change… we are different in geography and climate, nature; however, we share the main concerns,” he added.
There is no confirmation yet from the Marcos Jr. camp whether or not he will attend the event. However, Shehabeldin said he was told by the president-elect that he will “work hard” to be there.
“He will work hard, he will consider hard to be there because he already visited the chargés d’affaires but it was a private visit before but he would like to be there,” Shehabeldin said when asked if Marcos Jr. accepted his invitation.
“He believes in the climate change issues and to be closely just following what would be the way forward,” he added.
According to the website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the COP27 will be held from November 6 to 18 in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
It was originally scheduled for November 2021 but was moved due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The hope is that COP27 will be the turning point where the world came together and demonstrated the requisite political will to take on the climate challenge through concerted, collaborative and impactful action,” the COP27 website reads.