Speaking at the opening of the 14th UN World Conference on Biodiversity (COP 14) in Sharm El-Sheikh, President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi said on Saturday that Egypt attaches special importance to biodiversity in order to achieve sustainable development.
El-Sisi added that the religious texts of the ancient Egyptians embodied their commitment to conservation of the environment and the natural resources.
The president also said that Egypt has adopted policies that guarantees the preservation of the environment, pointing out that the Egyptian Constitution laid a strong foundation for the conservation and good utilization of the natural resources of the country.
El-Sisi stressed that the theme of the conference, “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet”, reflects a collective vision of the need to integrate biodiversity into all aspects of life.
The COP 14 kicked off four days after African ministerial meetings discussed the continent’s biodiversity priorities and future work plans.
The conference, held every two years, is expected to discuss key measures to speed up actions to advance the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and review progress made towards its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, a set of agreed objectives on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use to be reached by 2020.