Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin: Research centers have a large and effective role in advancing the goals of climate action
The National Research Center witnessed the holding of the “Innovation for Climate” workshop, organized by the United Nations Climate Pioneers team and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, with the aim of developing a map to promote climate action on scientific grounds.
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Climate Pioneer for the Egyptian Presidency of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 and the United Nations Special Envoy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, participated in a workshop in preparation for COP27 and aims to highlight the role of science and innovation in addressing the climate crisis. A number of leading scientific research organizations in the world participated in it with the aim of integrating their efforts with what governments, funding institutions, companies and non-governmental organizations are doing, which contributes to accelerating the pace of collective climate action.
The workshop aims to find practical solutions that enhance the ability to implement the priorities of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Marrakesh Partnership in terms of reducing global warming, adapting to climate change, enhancing resilience in the face of its effects, and activating the role of university networks in the effective implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures on scientific grounds in cooperation with the parties. climate action.
Dr. Ashraf Shaalan, head of the Center for Scientific Excellence for Climate Change, Dr. Hussein Darwish, acting head of the National Research Center, and Dr. Mahmoud El-Matini, President of Ain Shams University, participated in the session, and Dr. Mahmoud Saqr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research, and Dr. Omnia El-Omrani, envoy of the President of the Conference, participated in the workshop. COP27 for youth.
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, climate pioneer for the Egyptian presidency of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cop27 and the United Nations Special Envoy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development stressed that the most important thing that will distinguish the climate summit is the quality of preparation, research and development and progress with innovative solutions, and that Egypt has become one of the countries The host of solar energy and renewable energy, thanks to work, science and constant development, the last of which was the economic conference in which President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi urged investment in the field of renewable energy.
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin added that the issue of funding is one of the most important priorities of the Sharm el-Sheikh conference, and that research centers have a significant and effective role in pushing the goals of climate action forward. He mentioned in this regard that the former US President Trump, when he expelled America from the Paris Agreement, the leaders of scientific research continued in the agreement And abide by its obligations after the expiry of his mandate.
He pointed out that the Sharm el-Sheikh conference will take care of implementing pledges and developing solutions, as well as paying attention to women’s issues. There is a comprehensive and regional approach on the agenda of the climate conference, and fifty projects will be presented at the climate summit.
He added that funding needs specialists who are able to develop scientific and financial solutions to implement climate change goals.
He stressed that the climate conference will open discussions between climate pioneers and students at the level of Egyptian universities, and there will be awareness programs and Egyptian, Arab and international scientific gatherings to reach a scientific and executive vision to achieve the goals of the Sharm El Sheikh climate conference.
For his part, Dr. Hussein Darwish, Acting Head of the National Research Center, said that it is important to integrate science and innovation to confront climate change, especially since scientific research aims to find solutions to the problems of climate change, and we hope that the cooperative approach will be activated to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Dr. Ashraf Shaalan, head of the Center for Scientific Excellence for Climate Change, said that the workshop aims to bring together bodies working in this field in cooperation with some international bodies and institutions to discuss the scientific role in addressing all climate-related issues.
Dr. Mahmoud Saqr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research said that the plan of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to confront climate changes has been in place since 2017, and that Egypt is one of the first countries in Africa and the Middle East to own solar energy research stations in the Arab region, water desalination projects and huge projects led by the National Research Center For bioplastics and eco-friendly tissues
Dr. Saqr explained that the state has established the Benban solar power plant in Aswan, and has rehabilitated the lakes and rehabilitated the transport system to convert to clean transport and other projects that go along with the system of transition to clean energy.
Dr. Mahmoud El-Matini, President of Ain Shams University, confirmed that Ain Shams University graduated the first 500 ambassadors, after it launched the first training program in African and Arab countries to qualify climate ambassadors, and took many steps in order to go green and confront climate changes by working on many axes. For example, the focus of education is to provide special courses to increase environmental awareness and issues of climate change.
Dr. Umniah Al-Omrani, envoy of the COP27 Youth Climate Conference, said that there are efforts to integrate youth into climate action, that for the first time the Climate Youth Conference will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, and there will be panel discussions between experts and youth, and the climate conference will contain several events in which young people will engage to formulate solutions, in addition to preparing youth activities, and there will be a presentation of 7 success stories of climate action and providing solutions, and she explained that all of this is to make youth a major part of the climate action agenda.