Side of the meeting of Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad and outgoing Australian Ambassador to Cairo, Mr. Glenn Miles - Photo via Environment Ministry
CAIRO - 23 August 2022: H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment in Egypt, received H. E. Mr. Glenn Miles, Ambassador of Australia in Egypt, in her office at the Ministry’s headquarters in Fustat, bidding him Farwell before the end of his tenure as ambassador.
She wished Ambassador Miles all the best in his future endeavors. The meeting was attended also by Rhian White, First secretary at the Australian Embassy, who will attend the international COP27 that will take place in Egypt in November 2022. It was attended also by H.E. Raouf Saad Minister’s Advisor for the international conventions.
Dr. Fouad stressed that 70 days ahead of the COP27, members of Ministry of Environment are fully busy by all preparations for this important conference. “They aim to transfer Sharm El Sheikh into an ecofriendly-city, with electric or natural gas buses, green tourism and green zones”. As for the technical part, Dr. Fouad explains that the Ministry is open for proposals from all partners to support COP27.
She emphasized on the importance of the role of civil society and development partners, especially in issues related to food and water security.
She assured that Egypt had finalized its national strategy for climate change for 2050, and its NDC. She also emphasized that there are three tiers of priorities that have been derived from the strategy and the NDC: the first is related to food, water and energy nexus (called Nowaffy), and the second tier is related to the transport, and the third tier is related to reducing emission from the oil and the gas sector.
As for his side, H.E. Mr. Miles congratulate the minister of Environment for the progress done on the level of energy and assures that Europe is turning from Russian Gas because of the Ukrainian war, so it turns to green. He expresses his regrets that he will not be able to attend the COP27, but affirms that a large delegation from Australia will be attending the COP27 in Egypt.
Dr. Fouad affirms that the Website of the Cop27 has all information such as reservation for accommodation, medical precautions, thematic days related to the presidency program. She assures that by the end of September there will be a portal for any country event and requests, and a portal for trips to protected areas and tourism packages. There will be as well, according to the Minister of Environment, a mobile application to explain all about participants’ journey, as well as bikes with parking stations, to help participants’ movement. Also there will be electric vehicles for the reservation by the participants.