CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi has said that Egypt, as COP 27 president, calls for greater international efforts to protect seas and oceans from the negative effects of climate change.
During his speech at the One Ocean summit in Brest, France, on Friday, he thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his invitation to the summit and reflected on the importance of international climate action and efforts to protect nature.
He said: “The seas and oceans make up about 70% of the earth, connect our peoples and cultures and contribute to the movement of international trade and shipping, as well as being an important source of food and natural resources and a catalyst for the economy. activity.
“They are necessary for the prosperity of entire societies and countries.”
He added: “We are well aware of this in Egypt. Our location on the Red and Mediterranean Seas has contributed to the emergence of our expanded civilization and the construction of our development since the dawn of history.
“Egypt also has the Suez Canal, which has contributed and continues to advance international trade movement, as one of the most important shipping routes in the world.”
President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s willingness to enact legal frameworks to regulate economic activities surrounding the seas and oceans, ensuring the sustainability and preservation of marine resources.
He noted the threat of pollution, including plastics, which poses a challenge for developing countries.
El-Sisi said: “Egypt is also taking strong steps to transform itself into a renewable energy hub, including developing green hydrogen production, which represents a real opportunity to reduce the volume of emissions from the sector. of maritime transport.
“Over the coming period, we will work to come up with ideas and initiatives for consultation with development partners with the aim of mobilizing further support for Egyptian efforts in this important area.
“At the international level, Egypt, during its presidency of the COP, is working to launch a path of negotiations to achieve new objectives for the protection of nature, first and foremost the protection of the seas and oceans.
“Egypt is also actively participating in the ongoing consultations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“The objective is to propose a new legal instrument to protect biodiversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.”
The Egyptian leader also hailed two important global initiatives at the summit: the Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People.
President El-Sissi concluded his speech by expressing his confidence that the summit will produce positive results that reflect the commitment of countries to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreements and to protect the seas and oceans.
“Together, let’s continue this conversation, in the interest of protecting life on our planet, for ourselves and for future generations.”