The European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt celebrated its Climate Action Day in Cairo in cooperation with the EU Member States Embassies. The event was attended by the delegation’s ambassadors, in addition to representative from the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in Cairo, and representatives from companies and donors concerned with the climate change issue.
The event was dedicated to the fight against Climate Change. The European Union worldwide is organizing Climate Action Days in different shapes to raise awareness for what might be the most crucial struggle of this century. During the procedures, ambassadors of the EU Member States were handed over trees to be planted in Ahmed Badawy Preparatory School for Girls in Ezbet El Nasr area by the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) one of the Grant Beneficiaries of the Egyptian-German cooperation; the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP). Additional information of PDP’s activities related to Climate Change were disseminated to the participants at the event.
In his speech, Mr. Reinhold Brender, Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation emphasized that the EU and its Member States are taking concrete implementation towards climate change adaptation very seriously. Climate action is an important priority for the EU in Egypt. The total value of currently ongoing as well as under preparation projects exceeds 700 million EUR in grants for the benefit of Egypt. The areas of focus are: renewable and clean energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management, pollution abatement, housing and agriculture and urban development.
A complementary event was held on Monday 24th of October, 2016 at Ahmed Badawy School where some students, teachers and representative from the education directorate on the district level planted the trees in the school garden.