Minister of Solidarity: The Climate Change Conference is a historic breakthrough to start environmental work

Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, participated in the fourth Forum for Strategies for Transformation to a Green Economy entitled “From Vision to Action”, presented by CSR Egypt in the presence of Hassan Mustafa, Chairman of the Council , is organized. of Directors of the Annual Forum for Social Responsibility, and Ali Abu Sunna, CEO of the Agency for Environmental Affairs On behalf of the Minister for the Environment, Dr. Khaled Qassem, Assistant Minister for Local Development and official spokesperson for the Ministry, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sport, Mostafa Zamzam, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sunna Al Khair Foundation for Development, and a group of experts and specialists.

Nevin Al-Kabbaj announced the full support of the Ministry of Social Solidarity for the efforts of the annual forum for social responsibility and sustainable development in building bridges of communication between government, civil society and the private sector in order to grow green and the establishment of sustainable development goals, noting that development will not be achieved in the way the world pursues in a sustainable way, without taking into account the environmental, economic and social dimensions closely related to the principles and practices of social justice, the equitable distribution of resources, and the eradication of poverty, by focusing investments on building natural capital and providing ecosystem services, which contribute to the formation of sustainable income patterns and support the livelihoods and well-being of citizens.

Al-Kabbaj added that the climate change conference that Egypt will host next November is a historic breakthrough to start environmental work, so we should not treat it as an event, but rather as a plan, an economic strategy and justice, and note that Egypt is living in a glorious era, despite the fact that it contains very serious events because of what it witnesses. The world has seen events and stressed that there are tireless efforts by the political leadership to uphold the principles of rights, and this was manifested in the launch of the National Human Rights Strategy, and interest in the climate change file is increasing.

She pointed out that Egypt had signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and therefore we are not talking about climate change issues only from a local perspective, but from a regional and international perspective due to Egypt’s position, and there is’ a major role for civil society in the issue of climate change, especially as it is closest to societies. The ministry also has a civil society database through which associations working on specific issues can be monitored and distributed across the country.

Al-Kabbaj added that the ministry is discussing the preparations of the private sector and civil society in preparation for the climate change conference, and it is also important to have an observatory to follow up and measure their efforts, noting that In recent years, the Ministry of Social Solidarity has adopted various policies and programs to alleviate multidimensional poverty, within the framework of the local and global challenges we have faced and in implementing Egypt’s Vision 2030, including all dimensions without compromising environmental , neglect cultural and food security dimension. The Ministry has also expanded the umbrella of social protection to include support for the most vulnerable groups, while pursuing the principles of social justice, green economic empowerment and equal opportunities, especially The most caring families with the empowerment of women in all areas of Egypt.

The Minister of Social Solidarity has confirmed that the ministry is working in rural areas and areas to which residents of alternative slums and unsafe areas are relocated and relocated to developed areas, raising awareness of ways to preserve developed areas and changing behavior through an awareness program for community development There is also interest in economic empowerment activities in the environmental, agricultural and animal fields, and increasing The agricultural area and green roofs or multi-storey agriculture and waste recycling, especially as all these issues are worked on by civil society, and the ministry also works together with productive families and productive cooperatives focusing on the green economy and waste recycling, especially as all of Diyaruna’s exhibitions are made from recycled products Environmental and natural resources and heritage are preserved as we have value chains.

Al-Kabbaj explained that comprehensive and sustainable social development can only be achieved through close partnership between civil society and the private sector, and it can not be ruled out to achieve and promote human rights practices and investment in future generations, which will lead to a decrease in poverty rates and a higher standard of living for citizens. Also, within the framework of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s launch of 2022, the year of civil society, the Ministry of Social Solidarity looks forward to more partnerships between the private sector and civil society in order to provide means of social protection against economic, provide social and environmental risks, provide livelihoods and empower irregular employment, with knowledge of The partnership is no longer just with civil society but with the private sector as we build a bridge. of communication between civil society and the private sector, and support for small producers and small farmers is expanded.

The Minister of Social Solidarity has indicated that the ministry, in partnership with the private sector and civil society institutions, has launched numerous economic empowerment programs and initiatives aimed at integrating social and economic development, by enabling the most vulnerable groups set to enter the labor market and find jobs for them while creating opportunities in the field Agricultural and environmental work that works on the sustainability, recycling and reproduction of resources, and many economic empowerment activities are implemented in the agricultural, animal and environmental fields through the Forsa program, micro-credit programs and productive family centers to improve livelihoods in rural communities and increase income diversity by improving agricultural productivity Strengthening value chains and market access with the inclusion of the environmental dimension in development projects and an increase in the trend towards green economic development. supports the implementation of small and micro projects to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the agricultural, animal and environmental fields to improve the utilization of natural resources in the local environment, including fertilizer projects Income-generating activities, waste management and recycling With a focus on agricultural crops which increases Egyptian exports, the ministry, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations “FAO”, has launched an agribusiness incubator and provided technical and financial support to strengthen small businesses in the field. of food processing and value chains for horticultural products, with the development of applications Modern technology in agriculture and the best climate-smart agricultural systems and practices of the principles of sound agricultural practices and the dissemination of
Awareness of modern agricultural methods and market contact with the availability of sources of financing in the agricultural and environmental sectors and the development of financial, banking and non-banking services directed to workers in these sectors through accessible electronic channels.

Al-Kabbaj stressed that this forum is an opportunity for the private sector to present its experience to Egyptian society in general and to civil society in particular, thereby adopting some of the leading partnerships in the private sector that have sustainable practices that aimed at reducing. emissions, rationalization of resource consumption and avoidance of the effects of climate change, explains that the expansion that has taken place in the latter In the application of social measurement indicators and the adoption of the principles of responsible investment, the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and others measuring instruments, it reflects the maturity of the experience that the private sector is experiencing at this level. To the support that the private sector can provide to convey and localize these concepts and their impact at the level of the local community in partnership with civil society and its institutions.

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