Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Kabbaj participated on Sunday in the first Arab Conference on Climate and Sustainable Development under the slogan ‘Green Life’, which was organized by the Council of Arab Economic Unity in presence of the Senate President, Abdel Wahab Abdel Razeq, and Ministers of Justice, Agriculture, and Local Development.
Social Solidarity Minister expressed her pleasure to participate in this conference in line with Egypt’s current preparations to host COP27 in Sharm El Shiekh next November, praising the political leadership’s efforts to achieve a decent life for all the Egyptian citizens.
El-Kabbaj said that Egypt is committed to the 2015 Paris Accords, which obligated countries to develop plans to reduce emissions. She also noted that today’s conference comes within the framework of the existing partnership between the various concerned parties to implement Egypt’s 2030 Vision for Sustainable Development, especially in the context of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s declaration that 2022 is the Year of Civil Society and the launch of the National Strategy for Volunteering.
Furthermore, El-Kabbaj also referred to the robust and effective presence of civil society and volunteers at the upcoming UN Conference of Parties on Climate (COP27) that will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh this November and presenting an image that reflects the reality of the great efforts of Egyptian NGOs that aim to provide means of protection from economic, social, and environmental risks and providing a decent life for the most vulnerable groups.
Additionally, El-Kabbaj stated that her ministry is working to implement the National Strategy to Combat Climate Change by contributing to achieving the second goal of the strategy, which aims for building resilience and adaptability to climate change and mitigating the negative effects associated with it. The ministry has also adopted various policies and programs over the past years to alleviate multidimensional poverty, including the environmental, cultural, and food security dimensions. She also referred to the importance of green economic empowerment, providing healthy diets for women and children, ensuring equity for vulnerable groups, as well as food security and protecting small-scale farming activities.
She highlighted that the Ministry established a database to serve the seasonal workers, in cooperation with NGOs. This is in addition to ensuring better lives for village residents. Further, she highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to achieve “Wa3i” initiative, contributing to the positive climate action, along with supporting and promoting eco-friendly handicraft products.