The Minister of Planning leads the formation and holding of committees for the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects

Based on Prime Minister’s Decree No. 2738 of 2022 regarding the launch of a national initiative for smart green projects in the governorates of the Republic, in preparation for Egypt’s presentation of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 27; The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Local Development, began to form and hold initiative committees and address all governorates of the Republic to participate and nominate projects during the coming days.

Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development and supervisor of the initiative confirmed; The importance of the initiative, which extends to all governorates of Egypt, and emphasizes that it comes within the framework of Egypt’s leading role in the field of sustainable development, and the importance the state attaches to localizing sustainable development goals at the governorate level , noting that this is an unprecedented initiative at the global level, as it focuses on implementation And the application on the ground.

Al-Saeed said the initiative highlights the seriousness of dealing with the environmental dimension and climate changes within the framework of achieving sustainable development goals and digital transformation by presenting projects that achieve these goals, noting that a map has been drawn up on the level of Egypt’s governors for green and smart projects, connecting them to funding bodies and attracting the necessary investments for them.

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development explained that the initiative is mainly aimed at achieving balanced regional development, establishing sustainable development goals, and achieving Egypt’s 2030 vision in dealing with climate change and environmental challenges through realized projects on the ground, and the maximum use of information and communication technology within the framework of the state’s plan for digital transformation. With the empowerment of all governorates of Egypt and access to various groups socially and geographically, and the spread of societal awareness about the challenges of climate change and the capabilities of modern technologies, with the empowerment of women in the field to face the challenges of climate change and the environment, and the integration of all spectrums of society in finding solutions to the challenges of climate and environmental change.

In turn, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, climate pioneer for the Egyptian presidency of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Climate Loan Convention, and chairman of the jury at the national level for smart green projects, confirms the initiative; The future of development has become closely linked to the extent to which the state, society and companies are able to manage sustainability policies and be familiar with the elements of technology, especially in the field of digital transformation. And that this initiative is unprecedented within the framework of previous preparations for climate summits, and that Egypt, by undertaking this initiative in its six categories, which include large, medium and small projects (within the framework of the Decent Life Initiative), as well as since women-led projects, innovative emerging projects and local development projects included sectors of the economy, adding that this initiative offers a pioneering model that can be benefited from globally and in the organization of the upcoming climate summit by linking climate action investments in the fields . of energy and the protection of sectors exposed to harmful influences with the localization of sustainable development, digital transformation, jobs and the fight against poverty.

Ambassador Hisham Badr, General Coordinator of International Conferences at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and General Coordinator of the initiative, emphasized that the initiative’s aim is to spread awareness of climate change issues and challenges within all governorates of Egypt and the role of the private sector and civil society in achieving sustainable development.

The General Coordinator added that the issue of climate change has become a global issue, and it is a visa for any company or project to enter the global market. National projects tend to be smart and sustainable and rely on modern technology, which improves productivity, preserves the environment and reduces costs, in addition to expanding production and expanding its marketing, and increasing profit and employment rate, which is a create economic recovery. for all sectors consecutively.

Ambassador Hisham Badr explained that the initiative seeks to encourage all groups to participate, especially women Smart and green projects that serve women’s issues, or that they implement or manage them.

It is worth noting that the initiative targets many areas, the main ones being projects that take into account environmental sustainability standards, that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, and conserve natural resources, in addition to projects that improve energy and resource efficiency, and projects that improve biodiversity and ecosystem services that help to adapt to climate changes.

The initiative includes several types of projects, including large-sized projects, medium-sized projects, and small local projects (especially related to the Good Life Initiative). In addition to projects submitted by start-ups, development projects related to women, climate change and sustainability, and non-profit community initiatives and participation.

The initiative is concerned with the issue of climate change and its impact on various sectors in the Egyptian state. It also highlights the state’s tendency to empower the private sector, civil society, youth and women to promote various sectors, and it comes within the framework. of the state’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals and Egypt’s Vision 2030, as well as the National Climate Change Strategy 2050. As well as the development of a map at the governorate level for smart green projects, linking them to funding bodies and attracting the necessary investments. for them.

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