Social solidarity ministry to facilitate attendance of COP27 for people with disabilities

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Sep 2022

Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj announced on Monday the preparation of the main venue halls for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and its website to make them accessible to people with disabilities.

 Nevine El-Qabbaj
Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj. Al-Ahram

 

According to the statement, all conference booklets will be provided in braille and translated into sign language, and assistive devices will be provided.

The ministry has launched a website to receive volunteering applications from Egypt and African countries and people with disabilities, El-Qabbaj said, adding that they received 9,900 volunteering applications, 1,000 of which will be chosen.

The accepted applicants will be provided with the necessary skills for the event, she noted.

The COP27 conference is set to be held from 6-18 November in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Ahead of COP27, Egypt has worked on raising the efficiency of Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, including by establishing an additional hall at the airport, Madbouly said.

Currently, the airport is capable of receiving 10 million tourists year-round, he noted.

President El-Sisi has ordered raising the efficiency of the two runways at the airport so that they can operate simultaneously, like at other international airports, the premier added.

Currently, more than 717 taxis are operating in the city with tracing systems and CCTV cameras to ensure the highest degree of safety for tourists, Madbouly noted.

This is in addition to the new 260 buses working with natural gas or electricity, which abide by all environmental standards.

Vehicles transferring participants during COP27 will run on electricity, Madbouly said, affirming the availability of 18 charging stations across the city.

Tourists will also enjoy a bicycle-sharing system in the city and will be allowed to pay for their ride via credit card, he added.

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