Head of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), Ali Abu Sinna, has participated in the G20 ministerial meeting on environment and climate sustainability in India, in the presence of several ministers and officials, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and representatives of G20 members and international organizations.
In his speech on behalf of Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, Abu Sinna stressed the importance of this meeting in reaching tangible, comprehensive, ambitious and decisive implementation steps, pointing to the great momentum achieved by COP27, both at the level of negotiations and the Action Program for Expanding Urgent and Ambitious Mitigation Actions.
Abu Sinna added that the most important achievements of the negotiating part of COP27 are regarding Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and climate financing arrangements, including the announcement of a financing fund to face losses and damages related to the effects of climate change, which is long-awaited as a mechanism that helps poor countries, especially African countries, for their losses in the face of climate change effects of climate change.
He explained that participatory work will be done to build on those results during the next climate conference (COP28) by the end of this year in the UAE, to support humanity to be able to face the effects of climate change.
The head of the EEAA also drew attention to the set of initiatives that were launched during the COP27, to enhance work in a number of files and areas related to climate change, including sustainable transportation; financing transparency, green planning; water security; smart agriculture, nature-based solutions, protecting coastal zones; sustainable cities; just transition of energy; integrated waste management by 2050 for Africa.
He also stressed that the increasing challenges of the effects of climate change, especially on the continuity of normal environmental systems and biodiversity, and its impact on food, water and energy security around the world, require access to urgent collective solutions and participatory measures that enhance the ability of countries to confront the effects of climate change, and also help to continue the pace of development and growth while preserving natural resources for future generations.