Al-Mashat addresses UNICEF during the discussion of the joint country program 2023-2027

• The country program with UNICEF establishes a new chapter of cooperation in light of the strategic partnership with the United Nations to develop the capacities of local communities, empower youth and enhance child protection efforts

• The Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF” approves the country program for cooperation with the Arab Republic of Egypt 2023-2027

• The new program aims to support comprehensive social participation, enhance child protection efforts and empower youth, with a budget of $117 million

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, participated in the meeting of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF”, which witnessed the discussion and approval of the country program between the Arab Republic of Egypt and UNICEF for the period 2023-2027, within the strategic framework of the partnership between Egypt and the United Nations for cooperation for development sustainable for the next five years.

The country program for cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and UNICEF for the period from 2023-2027 is based on the following axes: social inclusion and effective participation, supporting the Egyptian government in building an atmosphere that contributes to the development and empowerment of children, learning, child protection, and youth empowerment. Its implementation is 117 million dollars.

In her video speech, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said that the Qatari program for cooperation between the government and UNICEF for the period from 2023-2027 lays the foundations for a new chapter of joint work in order to enhance the protection and empowerment of children, adolescents and youth, and support national efforts aimed at their effective contribution. in development plans.

The Minister of International Cooperation touched on the importance of enhancing resilience and adaptation efforts aimed at empowering local communities by supporting their resilience, and ensuring their access to basic services, including education, health care and water, noting that in light of the priority given by the Egyptian state to climate action and its presidency of the Conference Climate COP27, building the capacity of local communities is essential in order to advance efforts to transition to a green economy.

In her speech, Al-Mashat pointed out that climate changes are having negative impacts on all aspects of daily life, and directly affect us, especially for the most affected groups such as women and children, explaining that the UNICEF Climate Risk Index report reveals that about one billion children live In countries that have been assessed to be at high risk due to climate change, most of these countries are in Africa.

The Minister of International Cooperation noted that Egypt is working to increase the effectiveness of its role in confronting climate changes and highlighting the African continent as one of the continents most affected by climate changes, while it is the least contributing through emissions, pointing out that Egypt launched the National Climate Change Strategy 2050, and launched Its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are increasing efforts to invest in human capital to support the resilience of citizens in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063.

Al-Mashat highlighted the presidential initiative for the integrated development of the Egyptian countryside, “a decent life”, through which the state works to develop rural communities in more than 1,000 villages, through two main axes: infrastructure development and investment in human capital, under the umbrella of National strategies aimed at building the capacities of rural communities, enhancing their ability to participate in development efforts, and supporting their resilience in the face of climate changes, pointing out that the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF” is a vital partner of the state in its efforts to support and develop the capabilities of children and youth.

The Minister of International Cooperation addressed the joint efforts with the United Nations in Egypt to prepare the strategic framework of the Partnership for Sustainable Development (UNSDCF) for the period from 2023-2027, which began to be prepared during the past year through an approach based on the participation of relevant parties from national agencies, the private sector and civil society. She explained that the new framework works to support national efforts to invest in human capital and build the resilience of societies to face climate changes, empower women and girls, and enhance the participation of the private sector in development efforts.

She also referred to the launch of the Egyptian version of the United Nations international initiative, Generation Unlimited, under the name “Youth of Balad”, in cooperation with UNICEF, and Egypt is the first country in the region to witness the launch of the initiative after it was launched by the United Nations in more than 50 countries around the world. With the aim of supporting and empowering young people in the fields of education, employment, entrepreneurship and participation, which establishes an exceptional partnership between youth, government, international institutions, the private sector and civil society, to bring all concerned parties at one table, to achieve integration in efforts to support youth at the level of the initiative’s elements, namely education, employment, entrepreneurship and participation .

The Minister of International Cooperation praised the joint efforts made by national authorities in preparing the country program in cooperation with UNICEF, as the Ministry of International Cooperation contributed to the various stages of developing and revising the country program over the years 2021 and 2022, within the framework of its competencies as the national coordinator for the Egyptian government for partnership with United Nations and Chairman of the Joint Steering Committee of the Partnership Framework between the Egyptian Government and the United Nations for Cooperation for Sustainable Development, and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the national representative of the Egyptian government in preparing the UNICEF country program, and other relevant national stakeholders such as the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Education Technical, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, non-governmental institutions and civil society organizations. The Egyptian government is keen to ensure the effective participation of the various national authorities in preparing the country programs for development partners to ensure that these programs are in line with the priorities of the Egyptian state, represented in the Egyptian government program, action plans, Egypt’s Vision 2030, and the various national sectoral strategies.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of International Cooperation, in cooperation with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Environment, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, organized the Egypt-ICF2022 Forum, in its second edition, and the meeting of African Ministers of Economy, Finance and Environment, under the auspices and presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. , where it witnessed a high-level international and regional presence from United Nations organizations, heads of international financial institutions, and the private sector. With the participation of more than 23 African governments, about 20 discussion sessions, workshops and round tables were held on unifying messages and visions, to mobilize the efforts of the international community to support the climate agenda in the continent of Africa, and to prepare for the “Finance Day”.

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