CARE Egypt Foundation (CEF) organizes a conference to launch its project “The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) readiness for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)- Focusing on Africa” today in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment.
On top of the attendees came Dr. Hoda El-Shawatfy, Assistant of the Minister of Environment for Eco-Tourism Affairs. The conference is also attended by a group of high-level government officials, including Dr. Ahmed Saada, Associate Minister of Social Solidarity for Civil Society Support and Health Affairs, and Ambassador Mohamed Nasr, Head of Climate, Environment and Sustainable Development Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is in addition to Dr. Sherif Daoud, Representative of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Ahmed Fathy, Regional Coordinator of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and Dr. Talaat Abdel Qawi, President of the General Federation of NGOs and Institutions related to Climate Change.
The event aims to enrich the participants’ awareness of the Green Climate Fund’s unique role and the importance of the broad CSO’s engagement and ways to share climate change best practices.
Today, Dr. Mohamed Bayoumi, Deputy Resident Director of Environment and Climate Projects at the United Nations Development Program moderates one of the sessions tackling the role of the Green Climate Fund. Mr. Tarek Shalaby, Director of the General Department of Risks and Adaptation in the Central Administration for Climate Change defined climate change and its case of Egypt. Another session will present the current projects of the Green Climate Fund implemented in Egypt and will be moderated by Dr. Ahmed Mahina, First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity in Egypt. One of the projects that are showcased is “Enhancing adaptation to climate change in the North Coast and Nile Delta” by Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Ali, Executive Director of the project at the United Nations Development Program.
CSOs Readiness for the Green Climate Fund project is funded by the German Ministry of Environment through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by Germanwatch, CARE International in Germany, and CARE Egypt Foundation. The project aims to support broader African civil society participation in the early implementation phase of the Green Climate Fund through the development of readiness support materials that facilitate the participation of CSOs in key African countries and the exchange of experiences at the regional and global levels to expand the participation of those organizations in Africa and beyond.
The GCF project is implemented in 10 African Countries Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Egypt, Madagascar, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Cameroon, and Côte d’Ivoire. CARE Egypt Foundation (CEF) acts as the national partner responsible for coordinating the implementation of GCF activities in Egypt in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment in Egypt as it acts as the main partner and focal point of contact with the Green Climate Fund which ensures that the GCF activities are aligned with the goals and strategic national priorities of Egypt.
CARE Egypt Foundation also supports civil society organizations in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa region to participate in discussions and operations of the Green Climate Fund through knowledge exchange, as CARE Egypt has extensive experience in building trust with civil society and networking with various agencies and ministries concerned in this regard.
Dr. Hazem Fahmy, Chairman of CEF Board of Trustees says: “We are honored by the new partnership with the Ministry of Environment as climate change is at the top priorities of the Egyptian government and worldwide. This event is of special significance as it is a strong prelude to the Climate Summit COP 27 which will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in 2022.”
Green Climate Fund’s mission is to shift towards low carbon emissions, sustainable economies, and societies that are resilient to climate change. Over the past years, the GCF became the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance worldwide, supporting developing countries in scaling up and realizing their nationally determined contributions (NDC) ambitions toward low-emission, climate-resilient pathways. Therefore, the project seeks to enhance civil society readiness in existing and new countries by strengthening the capacities of existing CSOs to advocate for ambitious proposals in the areas of mitigation and adaptation/disaster risk reduction through gaining broader societal support and greater accountability of national-level power holders by strengthening participatory evaluation mechanisms.
About CARE Egypt Foundation:
CARE Egypt Foundation (CEF) fights poverty and improves the quality of life, in partnership with marginalized groups and civil society institutions as well as government authorities. CARE Egypt Foundation’s work revolves around empowering women, providing quality education, and supporting small-scale farmers. CEF addresses the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice to bring sustainable change to the lives of the poor and vulnerable groups on all levels.