Launch of the Third National Communication Report to UNFCCC

Apr 4, 2016

From left to Right: UNDP Country Director Mr. Ignacio Artaza addressing the event, Minister of Environment H.E. Dr. Khaled Fahmi and Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency Head Engineer Ahmed Abu El-Seoud.

Egypt celebrated the launch of Egypt’s Third National Communication Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The report was developed under the longstanding cooperation framework between the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The launch was held on April 4th, 2016 at the Cairo House in presence of Minister of Environment H.E. Dr. Khaled Fahmi, UNDP Country Director Mr. Ignacio Artaza and Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency Head Engineer Ahmed Abu El-Seoud.

Mr. Ignacio Artaza said that “for UNDP, this project is very special given that the main output is a nationally owned strategic report that should shape the government investment and development partners contributions in the area of climate change in Egypt over the coming several years”.

From his side, Minister of Environment Dr. Khaled Fahmi confirmed that Egypt is now leading the climate change African agenda, committed and taking concrete steps to address and assess climate change risks, vulnerability and measures to adapt to climate change.

Impacts of climate change, such as increased droughts or more frequent strong storms threaten to undermine decades of development gains and risk future development routes. This highlights the growing need to promote resilience-building through climate change adaptation measures as a response to the new complex humanitarian and development challenges.

Building resilience is a transformative process of strengthening the capacity of women, men, communities, institutions, and countries to anticipate, prevent, recover from, and transform in the aftermath of shocks, stresses, and change. After the latest series of unprecedented extreme weather events hitting the North Coast of Egypt, it is believed that disaster risk reduction should be an area of focus on the short-term.

The National Communications Reports are submitted to the Conference of Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC.  The reports in Greenhouse Gas inventories, and help Egypt identify opportunities  for mitigation interventions, assessment of impacts of climate change and recommended adaption to climate change measures a. With the support of UNDP, Egypt has prepared the three National Communications Reports through the Global Environmental Fund (GEF).

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