1 June 2022; 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Venue: Tonino Lamborghini International Convention Center Sharm El Sheikh (Suez Canal Hall)
Despite being among the least contributors to global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, many member states of the IsDB are facing a wide range of socio-economic challenges related to climate change. Such challenges exceed these countries’ adaptive capacities such as increasing temperatures, rising sea-levels, abrupt changes in precipitation, and extreme weather events. Such cascading challenges pose significant risks to agriculture and food security and affect the livelihoods of the local communities and potentially reversing hard earned developmental gains. Such risks are also considered the root-causes of “climate-induced migration” phenomenon. The situation was aggravated after the outbreak of the pandemic as the amount of finance dedicated for developmental purposes decreased due to the retrenchment of private sector investment, the decline in government revenue, and the souring debt crisis of developing countries. The challenge has now intensified due to the geo-political instability caused by the conflict in Ukraine, amidst a situation of global recession and inflationary pressures. In Egypt, the presidential initiative “Haya Karima” (Decent life) has been recognized by UN-DESA as one of the accelerators to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the local level, The initiative aims to raising the quality of life of nearly 58% of the Egyptian population living in rural areas where poverty is mostly concentrated.
KEY ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED:
- What are the policies adopted by the IsDB’s member states (especially among panelists) in achieving sustainable development while ensuring climate proofing?
- What have been the recent interventions of the Government of Egypt that took climate-aspects into consideration? How are climate considerations integrated in such programs/interventions?
- Focusing on Egypt’s “Decent Life” Initiative:
- How is the initiative meant to bridge developmental gaps during COVID-19 implications?
- How is the initiative meant to achieve inclusivity and “Leaving No One Behind”?
- How is investing in human development and human capital prioritized and why?
- How is it applying climate proofing towards promoting green sustainable livelihoods? (infrastructure, solar energy and clean environment)
- How should partnerships (global, regional, and local) be leveraged to ensure inclusivity? What are the benefits of a participatory approach in policymaking and intervention design?