Wednesday 30 September 2020
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi gave a televised speech at the United Nations Biodiversity Summit.
In his speech today, Sisi said: Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Volkan Bozkir, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Munir Akram, President of the Economic and Social Council, I am pleased to join you today in this summit coinciding with the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, In light of an exceptional current circumstance represented in the spread of the new Corona virus and its economic and social consequences, with the increasing awareness of the seriousness of the emerging challenges and the intertwining of their effects, on top of which are environmental issues and their unprecedented repercussions, which proved the rightness of the international community’s vision when it set its sights on the principle of preserving nature and biodiversity as one Priorities for international cooperation.
The President added: From this standpoint, the steady decline in biological diversity and the accelerating pace of loss of natural resources on the planet as a result of human intervention in natural life and vital systems, it is imperative for us to move in a more coordinated and effective manner in the face of these developments that threaten all our countries, and deepen The differences between developing countries and developed countries limit our ability to achieve sustainable development goals for our peoples, especially in developing and least developed countries, especially if we add to this the phenomenon of climate change, and the danger it represents closely related to the loss of biological diversity.
Al-Sisi continued: And then we are facing a real test in our relationship with nature that forces us to live in harmony with it, which represents the essence of our common purpose by linking biological diversity and achieving sustainable development, and in implementation of this vision, and in order to overcome the shortcomings in the international effort to fulfill the objectives of the Convention. The United Nations on Biodiversity, and the subsequent goals we agreed upon at the international level to stop the current decline in biodiversity, the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties in Sharm El-Sheikh in 2012 witnessed the launch of a negotiation process for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework that seeks to achieve ambitious goals supported by means of implementation And its mechanisms.