President of Egypt's National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Moushira Khattab
Speaking at the World Youth Forum's (WYF) Model of United Nations-Human Rights Council, Khattab commended the holding of the simulation model, hailing the four-day event as a "strong and inspiring" start to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's initiative as regards declaring 2022 “year of civil society”.
She also thanked the president for supporting women, pointing out to the recent formation of the NCHR, where women account for more than 44 percent of its members.
The NCHR president added that the coronavirus is an international pandemic, but it lacked international cooperation, noting that there is now an attempt to redress this via “the diplomacy of vaccination”.
In this regard, Khattab said Egypt started early in its measures against COVID-19, noting that a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
The committee brought together a large number of the ministries concerned in order to follow up the coronavirus situation nationwide on a daily basis, she added.
The official noted that Egypt has launched seven health initiatives, including the 100 Million Healthy Lives initiative and another one addressing the Hepatitis C virus.
She also shed light on the State’s efforts to eradicate slums, and build new cities.
The WYF’s Model of United Nations-Human Rights Council was attended by President El-Sisi and a number of representatives of countries and non-governmental organisations.
The annual event, which Egypt inaugurated in 2017 to bring the world’s youth together to promote dialogue and discuss development issues, started on Monday and will close on Thursday.
With over 15,000 people from more than 160 countries taking part in the last three editions of the forum, the fourth edition of the WYF is hosting hundreds of youths who hail from 196 countries.