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Egypt approves $ 3m Chinese grant memo for confronting climate change

Egypt approved a 3-million-dollar Chinese grant memorandum of understanding for confronting climate changes.

 President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree  sanctioning the memo that was signed on January 21, 2016, the gazette reported on Thursday.

 The grant will be extended to the Egyptian Ministry of Environment, the paper said.

Egypt is keen on confronting climate change in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal 13 which aims to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact”, while acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States express their commitment to protect the planet from degradation and take urgent action on climate change. The Agenda also identifies, in its paragraph 14, climate change as “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and worries about “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Increases in global temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other climate change impacts are seriously affecting coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries, including many least developed countries and Small Island developing States. The survival of many societies, and of the biological support systems of the planet, is at risk”.

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