President Abd Al Fattah El Sisi said, on Monday, that the environmental issues and challenges represent a major part of our daily concerns as their effects extend to various aspects of our lives.
In his speech during the G7 session on climate, biodiversity and oceans, the president added that there is no doubt that climate change is one of these issues as it poses a direct threat to all of us, “so we must raise the level of our ambitions and commitments in addressing it,” Sisi noted.
He said that unfortunately, Africa remains the most affected continent by the effects of this phenomenon, although the level of its greenhouse gas emissions is very little in comparison with the total global emissions. “In this context, I would like to emphasize two main points: First, we must uphold the principle of “Common but Differentiated Responsibility,” in our dealing with the climate change. Second: the importance of providing sustainable and appropriate financing to developing countries to face this phenomenon.”
“I also affirm that Egypt has spared no effort during its presidency of Group of 77 and China in 2018, and of the African Group in the climate negotiations, to activate Paris Agreement.,” the president added.
“During this summit, I announce that Egypt joins the Metz Charter, believing in the need to preserve biodiversity, as a key element for achieving sustainable development.” Sisi confirmed.
The Egyptian head of state concluded saying:”Finally, I would like to mention the importance of the oceans for our mother continent, Africa, whose coasts overlook two oceans.” Meanwhile, the president stressed need to enhance the legal framework governing the prohibition of pollution from various sources, especially the plastic waste.