Environment min.: President Sisi directs to restore Egypt’s leading role in Africa

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi gave directives to all state bodies, topped by the government, to work on restoring Egypt’s leading role in Africa and cooperating with all African countries in all fields.

In an interview with MENA Board Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Ali Hassan on Thursday, the minister said her ministry will promote the African Ministerial Declaration on Biodiversity, which was issued in November in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh, to the presidential level and table it on the agenda of the coming African Summit, to be held under the chairmanship of Egypt.

There is coordination with the African side to draw up a roadmap for the 2050 Strategy for Biodiversity, she added.

Egypt will exert more efforts in the coming period to strengthen cooperation with African countries via establishing Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations and offer technical support in this regard, the minister said.

She further underlined Egypt’s success in getting the endorsement of 196 countries for the African Ministerial Declaration on Biodiversity that includes combating desertification and illegal trafficking of wildlife.

She added that the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 14 Egypt) also highlighted the progress made by some African countries in promoting land and ecosystem restoration through various initiatives and programs, such as the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), which seeks to restore 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 and the Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative.

She also underlined that the Environment Ministry, in collaboration with the Federation of Egyptian Industries, will organize the African Youth Conference for Environmental Sustainability in Industries by the end of April.

The conference comes within Egypt’s presidency over the African Union.

Furthermore, she said her ministry is providing technical support to render the new administrative capital an environment-friendly city. She also spoke of the new law to be referred to parliament to make Egypt clean.

Source: State Information Service Egypt