Egypt: Statement By President Sisi At Conference of Parties to Convention On Biological Diversity

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Your Excellency, President Xi jinping, President of the People's Republic of China,

Mr Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General,

Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to participate with you today in the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15). In this respect, I would like to express my gratitude to the friendly People's Republic of China on its eagerness on holding the session despite all challenges that face multilateral work due to the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, we live a crucial phase in human history, that requires exerting consistent efforts to unite and confront the huge challenges ahead. The Coronavirus pandemic exacerbated such huge challenges where we are still dealing with its negative repercussions at all levels. The Latest Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity, issued by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity, rang the alarm for the rapid deterioration of biodiversity in the recent years. This deterioration has become threatening a global catastrophe unless all the world's countries strengthen their efforts to change the consumption patterns and production to be more sustainable and more aware of the importance on preserving biodiversity and the safety of the bio-systems for our future on this planet.

In recognition of this, Egypt has exerted diligent efforts since the Sharm El-Sheikh CBD COP in 2018, to launch a new phase of collective action to formulate a "Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework", and to set ascertainable targets backed by clear implementation mechanisms. However, despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic during the past biennial, the Egyptian Chairmanship of the conference has been capable of realizing tangible achievements in this concern. We hope the coming period will witness an effective implementation of such targets to make up for the unascertainable business during the past ten years.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What we witnessed over the past two years indicates a close connection between human health and biological environment. In this regard, Egypt hastened, in 2018, to present an ambitious initiative among all aspects of environmental work. This aimed at achieving harmony and integration between the efforts of preserving biodiversity, addressing climate changes and negative repercussions, and halting soil degradation and land desertification. We believe that these consolidated efforts will have appositive impact on human health and on achieving comprehensive economic development.

Egypt is honored to deliver the chairmanship of the conference to the friendly People's Republic of China. Egypt is confident in the ability of the Chinese side to resume such significant work that all our peoples are aspiring to, in order to protect the biodiversity and the bio-systems on our planet. In this context, we are looking forward to proceed our efforts with China during the coming two years to attain such goal. I wish the Chinese side good luck and success in realizing the objectives of the agreement and keeping the trust that we bear for the coming generations.

Thank You

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