Environment: civil society and young people are key partners in the success of COP2

12:17 p.m.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Books – Muhammad Nassar:

Dr Yasmine Fouad, Minister of the Environment, met with German Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and Special Commissioner for Environmental Policies at the German Foreign Ministry, Jennifer Morgan, and her accompanying delegation, to discuss preparations of Egypt to host the next COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, in the presence of Ambassador Raouf Saad, Advisor to the Minister in charge of multiple parties to environmental agreements, and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and ‘environment.

Dr. Yasmine Fouad underlined that Egypt is keen, during its presidency of the conference, to build on the successes of the Glasgow Climate Conference and to push the process of delegations to achieve a balance between all tracks. such as mitigation, adaptation, climate finance, losses. and damages, as well as maintaining momentum towards the global adaptation goal and the new collective goal for finance, especially with the importance of these topics. For developing countries and work to raise the ambition of countries and encourage them to update their national contribution strategies.

The Minister for the Environment indicated that the Sharm el-Sheikh COP27 climate conference is an implementation conference, both in working to ensure the implementation of the commitments made in Glasgow and also in presenting experiences , success stories and best practices around the world to deal with the effects of climate change, and what Germany can offer in this regard. To be an important step in the transition from words to deeds, which means the need to propose urgent and immediate measures to work towards the implementation of the decisions of Glasgow Conference, the Paris Rule Book and the measures that support the process to combat the effects of climate change.

The Minister of the Environment drew attention to the role of the participation of all segments of society in accelerating the pace of climate action, from simple local communities such as housewives, farmers and fishermen, to politicians and decision-makers, technicians, economists and social workers, and the private sector, presenting different models of projects targeting different segments of society. , from small projects to local communities, and strategic projects that create a kind of supply and demand for climate projects such as energy efficiency improvement projects that have faced the challenge of creating demand for their high-cost technologies, to create added value and incentives that encourage citizens to buy energy-efficient products, and to create a market for local businesses to produce this type of technology, in addition to huge investments such as energy transmission and the inclusion of its private sector.

For her part, Jennifer Morgan affirmed Germany’s willingness as G7 President to work with Egypt’s climate conference presidency to support the climate action agenda and lead a dialogue on the goal of climate change. adaptation and its initiatives, loss and damage and climate finance in the light of the commitments of the seven countries and the issue of mitigation, where the gap between the current situation is still large and what we aspire to, it is to keep the temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Minister of Environment underscored keenness of Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Conference to raise issue of low-cost technology provision and its importance for developing countries given their inability to cover expenses provision of technologies, low level of education, and the relationship of providing technology with citizens’ feeling that they are part of the solution. Dedicated to youth and civil society participation with the blue zone of the official party to create a kind of rapprochement and interaction between the two parties, which helps to produce effective results of the conference.

The Commissioner for Environmental Policy of the German Foreign Office stressed her country’s interest in the participation of civil society in the climate conference, as they are an important factor in the success of their ideas, experts, innovations and a tool to pressure parties to take decisions in favor of climate action The Minister of the Environment welcomed the participation of civil society institutions from different parts of the world in the conference.

The Minister of Environment spoke about the efforts and the amount of funding that Egypt has allocated to transform Sharm el-Sheikh into a green city, whether by converting all means of transport in the city to operate on the electricity or natural gas, developing a waste management system, helping hotels obtain a green star and using solar energy by supporting national banks and offering a package of incentives to businesses, young people and to civil society to support this transformation.

The Minister added that Egypt is keen on the active participation of young people in the conference, which began with the launch of the Global Youth Forum and the allocation of a session on the road from Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh, and the involvement of young people with their ideas and proposals to support climate action, and also in light of the launch of the 10-year youth program at the Glasgow Climate Conference.

The Minister of the Environment discussed with the German Commissioner the mechanisms for translating the participation of young people and civil society into the decisions of the conference, who confirmed the possibility of implementing it by carrying out consultations with them, whether during the preparation of the conference or within the framework of its activities. .

The two sides discussed the importance for countries to submit their updated national contribution to support climate action, with the Minister of Environment indicating that Egypt is currently working on finalizing its strategy for national contributions be announced during the coming period after having been discussed in the National Council. on climate change, in addition to announcing earlier this month the National Strategy on Climate Change 2050. Afterwards, they discussed the possibility of joint cooperation within the framework of the Partnership of National Contributions and also in the implementation implementation of the projects of the National Strategy on Climate Change 2050.

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