16 December 2018 06:34 AM

UN chief & Fouad discussed climate change and Egypt's vital environmental role

Wednesday، 05 December 2018 - 01:42 PM


UN Secretary-General António Guterres discussed with Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, the climate change issue and Egypt’s vital role in environmental domains.

This came on the fringe of the COP24 conference of the parties of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), currently held in Poland, to which Fouad is leading the Egyptian delegation, said a statement released by the Environment Ministry on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Guterres expressed his hope that the current negotiations would help reaching an agreement among all parties, mainly to transfer the 2015 Paris Agreement into a fair working program for everyone, stressing the importance of abiding by the provisions of the accord.

He confirmed the special importance he attaches to the funding issue, which is crucial for the developing countries to enable them to fulfill their obligations under the agreement, highlighting that a summit will be held to tackle this file in 2019 in cooperation with France.

For her part, the environment minister stressed the importance of abiding by the provisions of Paris Agreement to guarantee that the developing countries would be able to fulfill the development goals.

She highlighted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s support to all environmental issues, topped by the climate change file on both political and technical levels, a fact that resulted in adopting the Africa initiative on energy and adaptation during Egypt’s presidency of the African Group in Paris Agreement.

She expressed hope that the developed countries would fulfill their obligations, asserting that Egypt will help reach a fair deal for everyone and will take part in the coming negotiations set to be launched in Poland next week.

Egypt is keen to open up to the world countries and engage in international partnerships, under the full support of president Sisi, she stressed.

MENA


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