Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar chaired an expert meeting to prepare for the ministry’s participation in the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC that will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh this November.
Abdel Ghaffar asserted the importance of the COP 27 in parallel with global interest issues of climate change and its potential impacts on the environment, confirming the need for global solidarity to find solutions for the challenges and potential risks of climate change.
He also pointed out his ministry’s interest to participate in organising this global event in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Environment.
Furthermore, Abdel Ghaffar noted the implementation of several initiatives through the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egyptian public and private universities, and research centres to deal with climate change issues as one of Egypt’s goals to achieve sustainable development plans.
He asserted that such initiatives also aim to support applied scientific research to find innovative solutions to confront the potential risks and threats of climate change.
Additionally, the Egyptian state is working on climate change issues through two parallel tracks — one for international negotiations, agreements, and protocols to protect Egypt from the effects of climate change, and the other track is supporting informal participation of NGOs, civil organisations, financial institutions, universities, and schools to join forces to confront climate change.