Egypt’s president urges international coordination to face risk of biodiversity decline

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Wed, 30 Sep 2020 - 03:39 GMT

FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi - Reuters

FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi - Reuters

CAIRO – 30 September 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi urged the international community to act effectively and cooperatively in the face of challenges on biodiversity and natural resources.

 

Giving a speech at the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, Sisi said decreasing biodiversity and quick loss of natural resources threaten all countries and curb the ability to achieve goals of sustainable development, especially in light of the phenomenon of climate change.

 

“Hence, we are facing a real test in our relationship with nature that forces us to live in harmony with it,” Sisi stated.

 

The president said Egypt has been keen to cooperate with stakeholders to ensure that a post-2020 global biodiversity framework is implemented in a balanced and fair way, to be adopted at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) in China.

 

“Egypt is activating its principles by integrating biodiversity into the sectors of natural reserves and ecotourism, for example, as well as in its development plans to protect these resources and create more job opportunities,” the president added.

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