The official logo of COP27 as revealed by Egypt s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday (Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
The logo of COP27, which is set to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, highlights the unique cultural identity of Egypt and the African elements of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, the ministry added.
The design displays the African sun embracing the sun of the ancient Egyptian deity Aten as it rises over a new horizon.
“The sun, a source of life and a sign of hope, is a deeply rooted symbol in the African civilisation,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said, adding that the rising and setting sun refers to the cycle of life and renewed hope for a better world, as its rays provide the energy needed for the continuation of life.
“The sun of Aten, with its rays ending in hands, refers to the generosity of nature as it provides the means for life, welfare and prosperity,” the statement said, adding that in the middle of the logo there is a new horizon representing hope for a better future.
Aten was an ancient Egyptian deity represented by the sun disk, and was at the centre of a religious belief system established by 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten. Atenism is considered one of the earliest, if not short-lived, monotheistic religions in recorded history.
The Ministry of Foreign affairs said the logo aims to send a message on the importance of preserving our planet.
“It is high time for the international community to show solidarity in the face of climate change, which threatens humanity now more than ever,” the statement said.