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Egypt, UNDP to Boost Cooperation in Environmental Domain

Egypt, UNDP to Boost Cooperation in Environmental Domain

Thursday, 17 January, 2019 - 08:00
Asharq Al-Awsat
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and UN Development Program (UNDP) executive director Achim Steiner stressed the importance of cooperation between the two sides.

Shoukry gave the remarks during his meeting with Steiner on the sidelines of a ceremony marking Egypt's handover of the Group 77+China presidency to Palestine.

Shoukry lauded cooperation with UNDP as the two sides underlined the need of pushing forward bilateral cooperation within the coming period, especially as Egypt is going to take over the presidency of the AU next month, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukry also highlighted the UN body's support of all programs carried out by Egypt in the environmental domain, especially its latest efforts to turn Sharm el Sheikh to a Green City.

He talked about the hoped-for role the program should play to boost development programs in the region to cement regional security and stability.

Talks tackled efforts to reform the UN, garner donors' financial resources to boost sustainable development programs in the region and South-South cooperation.

The UN official said Egypt is a key partner to the program in the Middle East and North Africa area.

He lauded efforts by the Egyptian government in the sustainable development domain.

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