Egypt’s participation in the Brazzaville Summit of the Three Basins of Biodiversity Ecosystems and Tropical Forests
Friday، 27 October 2023 - 12:00 AM
The Minister of Environment Dr. Yasmine Fouad participates on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, in the “Brazzaville Summit of the Three Basins of Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystems,” which is held in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, under the slogan “Preserving biodiversity and tropical forests is a necessity in the face of climate change.”
The Summit takes place on October 26-28, bringing together heads of state, official delegations, government representatives, international institutions, donors, financing organizations, and experts, with the aim of strengthening South-South governance for the three regulatory ecosystems, Amazon – Congo – Borneo-Mekong – Southeast Asia.
Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and heads of state of Brazil, Indonesia, the Central African Republic, as well as a variety of organizations and bodies concerned with the climate are attending the summit.
The Three Basins Summit will bring together leaders from the Amazon, Congo and Borneo-Mekong-Southeast Asia regions to form a global coalition.
These regions alone account for 80 percent of the world’s tropical forests and two-thirds of terrestrial biodiversity, playing an essential role in regulating the carbon balance.
The purpose of the Summit is to address preserving biodiversity and tropical forests that are crucial in the face of climate change.
It also aims to implement, within the framework of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, the first global coalition to restore 350 million hectares of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
The summit program includes three sessions: the technical session on the first day, the ministerial session on the second day, and a high-level session will be held on the third day. And on the sidelines of the summit, the Minister of Environment is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment.
Activities of Egypt’s Participation
The Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad left on Friday 27/10/2023 for the Congolese capital Brazzaville to take part in the Summit of the Three Basins of Biodiversity Ecosystems and Tropical Forests on behalf of President Abel Fattah El Sisi.
The Minister participated in the second session of the Brazzaville Summit on the Three Basins of Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystems in Congo, under the title “Integrated Strategy, Programs and Investment Plans,” to discuss the features of the expected announcement on the Three Basins of Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystems in the presence of the Congolese Minister of the Environment.
Addressing the summit, the minister affirmed that the grave consequences of climate change revealed the important connection between biodiversity and climate change.
She added that it is important to adopt sustainable solutions which can attain exchanged benefits between the two fields.
The minister, meanwhile, conveyed the greetings of President Sisi to the participants and his aspiration that the summit will hopefully come up with the recommendations which support the international climate action.
The minister further referred to the crucial role played by Egypt in supporting biodiversity and climate change, adding that Egypt has exerted strenuous efforts in order to create a map of biodiversity.
She also pointed out to Egypt’s crucial role in establishing a new loss and damage (L&D) fund, which aims to enable vulnerable countries to respond to and recover from climate impacts.
Concluding her speech, the minister urged the world on working toward entrenching the values of humanity, cooperation and peace.