Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad discussed on Friday with Mexican Ambassador to Egypt Jose Octavio Tripp means of cooperation between the two countries in environmental issues, as well as the preparations of handing off the presidency of the UN biodiversity Conference of Parties (COP14) from Mexico to Egypt.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Environment, Fouad told Tripp that Egypt, during its presidency of the conference, will continue the work that was conducted by Mexico, such as merging the biodiversity in the main five sectors: health, energy, infrastructure, mining, and industry.
Fouad also added that Egypt will work on finding a new tool for merging the private sector in the process of keeping the biodiversity, as well as solutions for climate change, land degradation, and deterioration in the ecological systems.
Moreover, the ministry conducted a campaign for cleaning Al-Gifton Island in the Red Sea as part of the ministry’s efforts for developing the protectorates. The campaign comes as part of an initiative by the Red Sea protectorates dubbed “Red Sea islands empty of plastics” amid the international effort to limit plastic pollution and its harmful impacts on natural resources and coral reefs.
This year, Egypt hosts the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14), which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 17 to 29 November 2018. The conference comes on the occasion of the 25 anniversary of signing the Convention on Biological Diversity.