Coptic Orthodox Church, environment minister sign environmental protection protocol

Jehad El-Sayed, Monday 13 Jun 2022

Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Sea of Saint Mark, and Egypt’s Minister of the Environment Yasmine Fouad signed on Monday a cooperation protocol on environmental protection.

Caption: Pope Tawadros II and Egypt’s Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, signed on Monday a cooperation protocol in the field of environmental protection

The protocol aims to promote joint action on environmental issues and raise awareness about the environment and natural resources with the aim of protecting it and achieving sustainable development.

Egypt is currently preparing to host the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh in November on behalf of the African continent.

The signing ceremony was attended by Anba Daniel, Bishop of Maadi and Secretary of the Holy Synod, and a number of ambassadors and representatives of United Nations bodies and civil society organisations.

During the ceremony, the environment minister praised the efforts of the Coptic Church to support the state in preserving the environment and its resources.  

Meanwhile, Fouad hailed the document released by the church, which has a number of messages regarding development including linking the preservation of the environment with spreading the concept of a climate-resilient society.

Pope Tawadros II said that the protocol comes out of the Coptic Orthodox Church's willingness to play its national role on global and societal issues and its support for Egypt's national strategy. 

The pope praised the efforts made by the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment to protect the environment and its keenness to spread environmental awareness.

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