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Climate Diplomacy Week

Wednesday، 26 September 2018 - 03:02 PM

In cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment, the European Union delegation in Cairo organizes a 'Climate Diplomacy Week', from 24 to 30 September, 2018, which aims to raising awareness of climate issues among the different communities.

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad inaugurated the inaugural conference of the climate week on Tuesday 25/9/2018 at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations, in the presence of European Union Ambassador in Cairo Ivan Surkos.

Addressing the inaugural conference of the climate week, Fouad said it is high time for all countries to confront climate changes.

Although Egypt is among the lowest countries in view of emissions which cause climate change, it has been committed to taking serious steps and measures to face climate changes, Fouad said.

Fouad said that both developing and developed countries agreed to reduce greenhouse-gas emission.

She pointed out that Egypt has adopted a sustainable development path since 1992 to reduce climate changes.

For his part, Ibrahim Laafia, the head of EU operation section in Cairo, said that the union is working to support several environment-related projects in Egypt, including a project to reduce pollution in industrial sector, adding that the project is funded by about 133 million euros.

Fouad as well held talks with a number of representatives of several companies concerned with climate change.

For his part, European Union Ambassador in Cairo Ivan Surkos expressed his organization's commitment to backing Egypt in the face of climate change.

Surkos' statements came in the inaugural conference of the climate week which is organized by EU delegation in Cairo in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment.

The European diplomat said the EU is financing climate projects in Egypt through grants worth 700 million euros, pointing out that such projects help factories and companies reduce air and water pollution.

He described Paris climate agreement as an important step towards a better future along with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda as the two have the ability to accelerate economic and social devolution the peoples need to maintain their common future.

He also said the EU took part in financing the biggest wind farm in Gabal El Zite through a grant worth 30 million Euros.

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