The Ministry of Environment secured $500 million as a funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), according to Environment Minister Yasmin Fouad.
Fouad added in a statement issued Wednesday that the funding will be allocated for the implementation of the Egyptian initiative to integrate the three environmental conventions: Biodiversity, desertification and climate change to work in a common context.
The statement added that work is currently underway to adjust the environmental conditions of 16 ports to become green ports, which comes in line with the international environmental standards and positively impacts environment in Egypt.
Additionally, the minister praised the role of the Ministry of Transport in adjusting the environmental conditions in all the ministry’s sectors.
This came during the regional meeting of the civil society in the Arab region on the sidelines of the meetings of the Council of Arab Ministers of Environment under the title “Integrating Sustainable Development in Arab Issues” held at the headquarters of the Arab League.
For his part, General Coordinator of the Arab Network for Environment and Development Emad El-din Adly emphasized the importance of the role of the civil society in the integration of sustainable development goals within the development plans and programs.
He stressed the need for partnership, integration and coordination between the civil society and governmental institutions at the national and regional levels to unify the Arab region’s stance towards sustainable development goals.