The Egyptian Participation in the 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference 2022
Wednesday، 29 June 2022 - 12:00 AM
Environment Minister Yasmin Fouad, the Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy of the COP27 Climate Conference, will participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 in Lisbon, co-hosted by the governments of Portugal and Kenya during the period from 27 June to 1 July 2022 under the theme "Save our oceans, protect our future".
The Ocean Conference, by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address the many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
A vast majority of the ocean remains unmapped, unobserved and unexplored. Our understanding of the ocean and its contribution to sustainability largely depends on our capacity to conduct effective ocean science - through research and sustained observations, supported by adequate infrastructures and investments.
Solutions for a sustainably managed ocean involve green technology and innovative uses of marine resources. They also include addressing the threats to health, ecology, economy and governance of the ocean - acidification, marine litter and pollution, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the loss of habitats and biodiversity.
Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water
Adopted in 2015 as an integral aspect of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its set of 17 transformative goals, Goal 14 stresses the need to conserve and sustainably use the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources.
Advancement of Goal 14 is guided by specific targets that focus on an array of ocean issues, including reducing marine pollution, protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, minimizing acidification, ending illegal and over-fishing, increasing investment in scientific knowledge and marine technology, and respecting international law that calls for the safe and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources.
Activities of the Egyptian Participation
Environment Minister Yasmin Fouad participated in the Sustainable Blue Economy Investment Forum (SBEIF) on the sidelines of the 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference by the governments of Portugal and Kenya from June 27 until July 1st, under the theme “Save our oceans, protect our future.”
Yasmin Fouad asserted that building a sustainable ocean economy is important for fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which aims at achieving global sustainable development in its three dimensions: economic, social and environmental, in a balanced and integrated manner.
The minister added that the forum aims at linking stakeholders with each other to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action to create a sustainable future for everyone.
Fouad confirmed that the conference aims to expand the scope of work on the protection of oceans based on science and innovation in order to implement Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) "Life under Water.”
The Minister added that the conference comes at a critical time when the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and manage solutions to achieve SDG 14.
She, also, said that the conference promotes much-needed innovative science-based solutions aimed at initiating a new chapter of global action for oceans in a way to address the threats of marine litter and pollution, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and loss of habitat and biodiversity, the statement continued.
She also said that Egypt, through hosting the UN climate conference (COP27) next November, will seek to accelerate climate action and work for finding out nature-based solutions to preserve natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad met, on Wednesday 29/6/2022, with Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Nasser Kamel to discuss the mechanisms of expounding challenges and opportunities of the Mediterranean region at the COP27 conference, to be hosted next November, in Sharm el Sheikh.
During the meeting, Fouad praised the fruitful cooperation with UfM as regards regional issues and efforts for reaching appropriate solutions to these issues.
She highlighted the importance of UfM participation in COP27, especially in the key sessions, including Water Day, which is expected to shed light on the consequences of climate change on water.
For his part, Kamel said UfM is interested in establishing a pavilion in COP27 conference to highlight the challenges facing the Mediterranean region.
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, delivered Egypt’s speech at the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 in Lisbon, in which she stressed the importance of the United Nations Ocean Conference, which comes in unprecedented international conditions of epidemics and severe economic crises, which affected human life on the planet and necessitated the international community to adopt a new approach for international cooperation , as well as the necessity of having a real meaning for equitable global participation, which represents the only opportunity for the international community to develop sustainable solutions.
In her speech, the Minister of Environment explained that water is an issue of existence, and the integrated management of water resources is a basis for achieving economic, social and environmental goals for a promising development future for Egypt and the peoples of Africa and the Middle East.
The minister added that Egypt faces huge challenges resulting from water poverty, despite the presence of both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, where the Egyptian government is making great efforts to conserve water and make optimal use of it through implementing water reuse projects, establishing seawater desalination plants in partnership with the private sector, In addition to the establishment of sewage treatment plants such as the Bahr El-Baqar Wastewater Treatment Plant, the construction of sewage stations within the initiative of a decent life, in addition to the development of nature reserves, especially marine reserves, and the trend towards increasing the area of nature reserves,
The minister added that we have set a standard during the recovery phase from covid 19, which is that 100% of government projects will be green by 2030.
The Minister of Environment concluded her speech by thanking the government and people of Portugal for their good organization and warm reception, conveying the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who was looking forward to participating in this event, stressing his wishes for fruitful discussions that provide effective results that contribute to facing international challenges.
Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad held, on Thursday 30/6/2022, a virtual meeting with Emigration Minister Nabila Makram and a number of Egyptian students abroad specialized in the field of renewable energy and green hydrogen to review their potential participation in COP27.
She stressed that Egypt seeks to get the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) - due to be held in Sharm el Sheikh - to be a genuine opportunity for investment in humans.
She noted that COP27 will review research ideas to find innovative solutions, adding that the conference will tackle the problems of each sector and a roadmap for cutting carbon emissions using digital solutions.
She said that the conference will also tackle decarbonization of the petroleum sector, adding that Sharm El Sheikh should go in line with the conference's drive as it will be an example for green cities in accordance with directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
For her part, Emigration Minster Nabila Makram said today's meeting is meant to highlight state efforts to gear up for the conference.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that youth participating in the meeting would send papers on their proposals on renewable energy and green hydrogen as well as any research that can be addressed at COP27.
Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad met with Portuguese Minister for the Environment and Climate Action Duarte Cordeiro to discuss boosting bilateral cooperation in the environment domain at the national and international levels.
During their meeting, Fouad congratulated the Portuguese government on organizing the conference as one of the landmark steps in environmental action, particularly in light of the outcome of International Conference "Stockholm+50" and the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in raising ambition about scenarios in facing the crisis of climate change, biodiversity and pollution reduction.
She, also, reviewed efforts to address impacts of climate change and the threat of severe climatic conditions to local communities, particularly those near the coasts, where the sea level rise, which is caused primarily by two factors related to global warming, this matter is one of the most important challenges facing many countries, including Egypt.
She further noted that Egypt has prepared a number of projects emanating from the National Climate Change Strategy 2050, as a key to the road to COP27, saying it aims at producing 10 gigawatts of renewable energy, including wind and solar energy, and linking it to water and food.
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad met on Friday 1/7/2022 with her Australian counterpart Tanya Plibersek.
The meeting mulled ways of boosting bilateral cooperation with regard to the issues of biodiversity conservation, adaptation to the impact of climate change, water management, and the technology for producing alternatives to single-use plastic bags, in addition to supporting the climate action agenda ahead of the Egypt-hosted COP27.
The minister said Egypt has always been keen on completing its national steps to address the impact of climate change, as it launched the National Climate Change Strategy 2050, the minister said, adding that Egypt also updated its soon-to-be-announced national contribution strategy and issued a package of green economic incentives in top-priority fields, namely renewable energy, green hydrogen, electric transport, waste management and alternatives to single-use plastic bags.
For her part, the Australian minister said that her country is looking forward to sharing the experiments of national universities in developing the technologies of renewable energy, green hydrogen, and circular economy approach, adding that Australia is also ready to cooperate with Egypt in the conservation of coral reefs.