'Tanmaya' with the SDGs logo- Egypt Today
CAIRO – 21 September 2020: Four Egyptian Ministries launched a national competition titled “Tanmaya,” [Development] to highlight Egypt vision 2030 and its national agenda for sustainable development, within the framework of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.
The first phase of the initiative was launched on the International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21, 2020, by the State Ministry of Information in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, according to a statement from the State Ministry of Information.
The first phase of the initiative includes a competition for individuals, companies, civil society organizations, and media professionals, aiming to create a community dialogue about sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to create awareness about the national agenda of Egypt vision 2030, in addition to highlighting the importance of large-scale cooperation in achieving them.
“Sustainable development is a cornerstone in accomplishing Egypt Vision 2030, which is rooted in the ministry’s policy to achieving this vision,” said Osama Heikal, State Minister of Information.
He added that the initiative is based on collective work and large-scale cooperation, in addition to raising awareness and involving the community in achieving the national agenda for sustainable development and its goals through a platform for dialogue between the state, youth and all institutions.
Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, emphasized the importance of sustainable development in improving the quality of life for citizens on the economic and social levels. She added that the process of sustainability lies in achieving the development goals without sacrificing the rights of future generations in natural resources.
Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s Minister of Environment, praised the role of the State Ministry of Information in reaching citizens both in the local and international communities to raise awareness about environmental issues and sustainable development. She also stressed the importance of achieving a balance between development and the environment, pointing to the political leadership's support for the environmental agenda in all national projects, and tackling environmental problems in an economic way to solve them while directly affecting the national economy through providing job opportunities and increasing incomes.
Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, also praised the role of the State Ministry of Information in making the necessary awareness about sustainable development issues for all segments of society, stressing that cooperation in the "Tanmaya" initiative is part of the government’s tendency towards collective work. He pointed out that the elements of the sustainable development goals had been set by the United Nations and that countries around the world are embedding them in their national strategies and visions.
The competition is open for the best individual or a group with an initiative that applies SDGs and its dimensions. Media professionals can also participate in the competition by proposing the best article or a program idea that explains sustainable development and its applications in our daily life, and its relationship to the individual. Additionally, the best company in the private sector and civil society that applies the concepts and standards of sustainable development will be chosen for the competition.
The call for application is now open and will be closed by 31 October 2020, and applications can be sent via the attached links on the State Ministry of Information’s official Facebook page. The selection process will be done by a committee of professors of media, media professionals and sustainable development experts, and the criteria of selection will be based on the ability to provide creative and innovative solutions to stimulate the implementation of SDGs, as well as the level of positive influence on the society.