Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, the climate pioneer for the Egyptian presidency of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change COP27 and the United Nations Special Envoy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development stressed the importance of the idea of localizing development with the aim of community participation.
This came in a speech delivered by Dr. Mohieldin during the event “Empowering the South: Green Economy and Adaptation to Climate Change”, which was organized by the “Inroot” Organization for Development and the “Massar” program, in the presence of the Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat and Dr. Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Deputy Prime Minister The former and a founding member of the organization in cooperation with the embassies of the Netherlands and New Zealand in Cairo and the Drosos Foundation.
In his speech, Dr. Mohieldin indicated that there are global standards and controls for the development process, but the community must participate, saying: “If the citizen does not feel and if these projects in the different governorates do not feel these standards, then the conversation is about itself without benefit.”
In this regard, Mohieldin referred to the National Green Projects Initiative, describing it as the first national initiative of its kind at the governorate level. He added, “Here we are talking during the 27th summit and 26 climate summits preceded us, but now we take the idea of localizing development and the goals of climate action seriously,” referring to the National Green Projects Initiative under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to select the best projects at the level of the 27 governorates of the republic. Through six categories of large, small and medium projects, projects of the Good Life Initiative, as well as start-ups and projects related to women and the local community.
He stated that on November 3, these winning projects will be announced, and at the national level, we will take 18 winning projects.
He explained that this initiative confirms the participation of society in this great work to host the climate summit, which is the largest event in terms of mobilization and representation at the world level, including heads of state, heads of government and ministers, as well as civil society represented by its organizations and companies, as well as research and scientific centers.
He praised the support offered for these projects and startups, whether by the Dutch government or the New Zealand embassy, in addition to the support of the organization supporting this activity represented here in “Inroot” for development.
He stressed the importance of focusing on Upper Egypt, as it is a common goal to combat poverty in every part of the country. “We witnessed from the first day a decent life project and its lofty goals, especially combating poverty, supporting women and developing ways of living in villages and in small towns that also include small villages,” he said.
He expressed his happiness that the initiative of a decent life has received the attention of the United Nations as one of the unique initiatives in its speed and timing, wishing it success in the coming months and years of the initiative’s life.
He added: “What we are trying to focus on is to intensify our work and initiatives and try to direct new investments and involve civil society and various projects for rural people and people of villages, especially those that receive adequate care, especially that we see them as a subject of interest and development, which is the state of development that the country is witnessing, despite all the challenges We seek to see more investments and more different job opportunities.”
Dr. Mohieldin stated that these participating projects are being closely acquainted with, and that there will be an opportunity to adopt some of them. Also for development purposes.
He pointed out that the Sharm El-Sheikh summit will start and will not end with the work related to climate action, and we have a full year of work before us, and until recently, I am still receiving invitations from the British government to participate in some climate-related activities.
“We will start from the Sharm el-Sheikh summit, inaugurating a great work, and I hope that there will be communication between representatives of non-governmental institutions, civil society and the private sector, in order to communicate in various activities over the course of the next year,” he said.
After that, Dr. Mohieldin honored the graduates and owners of start-up companies, where the event witnessed the launch of 34 start-up companies at the universities of Sohag, South Valley, Luxor, Aswan and Assiut, all working on environmentally friendly projects, within the activities of “Masar” business incubators in southern Upper Egypt, including Aquawise and Rihan companies. and Luffa Derma.