UN climate champion for Egypt stresses paramount importance of localizing climate action

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Oct 2022

Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN High Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt and UN Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, stressed on Wednesday the importance of ​​localizing development to enhance community engagement in climate action.

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File Photo: Solar panels are seen in a field in Kafr al-Dawar village in northern Egypt s Nile Delta. AFP


Mohieldin's remarks came during a speech delivered at an event entitled  “Empowering the South: Green Economy and Climate Change Adaptation” that was organized by Enroot Development Organization and the MASAAR Programme. The event was attended by Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat.

In his speech, the climate champion indicated that the community must participate in the process of development, citing the National Initiative for Smart and Green Projects as the first national initiative of its kind launched at the level of governorates.

Mohieldin explained that this initiative confirms the community's participation in the great work related to COP27,  the largest event globally in terms of mobilization and representation.

Meanwhile, he praised the Dutch government and the embassy of New Zealand's support for the projects and startups in the initiative as well as the support of Enroot Development Organization.

Mohieldin also stressed the importance of combating poverty throughout Egypt, particularly Upper Egypt. "From the very beginning we have seen how Decent Life initiative seeks to combat  poverty, support women and develop ways of living in villages and in small towns ," he said.

He said that he was pleased that Decent Life initiative attracted  the attention of the United Nations as a unique initiative in terms of speed and timing, wishing it success in the coming months and years

Mohieldin also noted that Egypt's presidency of the climate summit provides an excellent opportunity for adopting some of the National Initiative's projects.

He pointed out that the joint work will start with Sharm El-Sheikh summit.

"I am still receiving invitations from the British government to participate in some climate-related activities. We will start from Sharm El-Sheikh summit, inaugurating a great work, and I hope that there will be communication between representatives of non-governmental institutions, civil society and the private sector, in order to communicate in various activities over the course of the next year," he said.

Mohieldin honoured the graduates and owners of start-ups. During the event, 34 start-ups at the universities of Sohag, South Valley, Luxor, Aswan and Assiut were launched. All the start-ups work on environmentally friendly projects within the framework  of "MASAAR" business incubators in Upper Egypt. The start-ups include Aquawise, Rihan and Luffa Derma.

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