Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad headed to Bali, Indonesia, to participate in the joint meeting of the Ministers of Environment and Climate of the G20, to shed light on the regional and global challenges facing the environment and climate, and their effects on the quality of life.
The Minister of Environment stressed that the meeting is a good opportunity to create real momentum towards taking urgent and bold actions to address the interconnected global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, desertification and land degradation, the transition to clean energy and unsustainable consumption and production, and creating a kind of integration between these procedures to reach effective results.
She added that the ministerial meeting will discuss three important topics, namely; sustainable recovery, strengthening measures to protect the terrestrial and marine environment, and enhancing cooperation to mobilize resources to accelerate environmental and climate action.
Fouad further explained that support for the implementation of nature-based solutions will be discussed as one of the measures that play a key role in the effort to achieve the sustainable development goals, by addressing major social, economic and environmental challenges, such as biodiversity loss, climate change, land degradation, food security, disaster risk, water availability, poverty eradication, human health, and ecosystem services.
She pointed out the importance of the human dimension in facing environmental and climatic challenges, the needs of local communities and the most affected groups such as women and children.
The G20 is a multilateral strategic platform that connects the advanced and emerging economies of the world, and plays a strategic role in securing global economic growth and prosperity in the future, as G20 members represent more than 80% of global GDP, 75% of international trade and 60% of the world’s population.