The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has commended the government of Egypt for involving civil society and youths in efforts to address climate change in the country.
UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen, gave the commendation on the sidelines of the Stockholm+50 conference in June 2022.
Andersen, it was gathered, met with Egypt’s Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, to discuss joint cooperation on formulating the COP27 agenda and initiatives.
Fouad expressed Egypt’s aspiration to work with the UNEP to push forward the waste management initiative.
The minister also invited the UNEP to participate in an Egypt-hosted conference in September for African ministers of environment and finance to find out the needs and financing gaps in Africa.
Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change with respect to water security, agriculture and livestock, energy demand and supply.
The North African country has only one main source of water supply, the River Nile, which supplies over 95 percent of the water needs of the country. Data from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows that the Nile delta is seriously threatened by sea level rise.
Egypt pioneered the first sovereign green bond in North Africa worth U.S.$750 million, World Bank data shows. Its first impact report shows 46 percent of proceeds earmarked for clean transport and 54 percent for sustainable water supplies and wastewater management.
Also, the country, in 2021, launched a new National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) for 2050.
Source: Egypt State Information Service
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