President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s Statement to “Climate and Biodiversity” Session at G7
Tuesday، 27 August 2019 - 01:51 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The environment issue takes a major part of our daily concerns because its effects extend to all walks of life. Our political dealing with this issue constitutes a reciprocal interest and moral commitment to the Earth.
No doubt, climate change is one of the most serious issues for its direct threat against all of us in a way that makes incumbent upon us to raise the level of our aspirations and pledges to confront it alongside the honest implementation of our current commitments.
Unfortunately, although Africa’s greenhouses gas emissions contribute only a very small fraction of the world’s total emissions, it is the most affected by the impacts of climate change. In this context, I would like to stress two main points:
First: Necessity of adhering to the principle of “Joint responsibility with varied burdens” in dealing with the phenomenon of climate change and striking a balance between the efforts to reduce emissions and that of adaptation to the climate change, provided that the national measures property should be respected.
Second: The importance of providing sustainable and appropriate financing and required expertise and technology to developing countries to address this phenomenon, without imposing more burdens on the African countries that could lead to the increase of their indebtedness.
Egypt had never spared an effort, through its presidency of the G77 and China Meeting on Climate Change in 2018 and of the African Group of the Climate Change, to ensure the success of activating the Paris Accord on Climate Change. Egypt and the United Kingdom will co-chair an alliance on adaptation and resilience at the Climate Summit in New York, set to convene in September upon a call from UN Secretary-General. We hope this summit will lead to practical steps that contribute to the international efforts for providing finance in addition to the previous commitments.
It gives me pleasure to announce Egypt’s accession to the Metz Charter, believing in the need to preserve biodiversity, which is an essential element for achieving a sustainable development that is consistent with Egypt’s initiative launched during hosting the 14th Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (COP 14) in Sharm El-Sheikh in last November
Egypt’s initiative aims to promote coordination among the three Rio Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification to address biodiversity loss, the negative impacts of climate change and land degradation. We hope this initiative will enjoy support from the group.
Finally, I would like to mention the importance of the oceans for our mother continent, Africa whose coasts overlook two oceans, and necessity of boosting the legal framework that bans causing pollution from all sources especially the plastic wastes This could be done through raising due awareness, adjusting the related local and international laws, boosting the mechanisms of their enforcement and cooperating in technology transfer to face this challenge on the way of taking measures and steps to enhance the international cooperation and exchange of expertise for dealing with this dangerous phenomenon.