The Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat chaired a high- level meeting with heads of the four Results Groups of the United Nations Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF) Steering Committee. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Planning and Economic Development Dr. Hala El Said, the Minister of Environment Dr. Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of Social Solidarity Dr. Nevein Elkabbag, President of the National Council for Women Dr. Maya Morsi, and UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Mr. Richard Dictus.
The meeting was also attended by Dr. Randa Abulhosn, UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt, Mr. Menghestab Haile, WFP Representative & Country Director, Dr. Nasredin Hag Elamin, FAO Representative, and Ms. Gielan Elmeseiri, UN Women Head of Office a.i. The meeting discussed a unified national cooperation vision with the UN in face of the socio-economic implications of the Coronavirus outbreak. The meeting comes in framework of the UN Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF) with the UN 2018-2022, which aims to support the Egyptian governments vision and efforts to achieve its national development agenda, especially amidst the Coronavirus repercussions. The Framework, worth USD 1.2 B, is based on four strategic pillars, namely Inclusive Economic Development, Social Justice, Womens Empowerment, and Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources Management. The Minister of International Cooperation chairs the UNPDF Steering Committee. The Minister of Planning & Economic Development chairs the Inclusive Economic Development Results Group, the Minister of Social Solidarity chairs the Social Justice Results Group, the Minister of Environment chairs the Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources Management Results Group, and the President of the National Council for Women chairs the Women Empowerment Results Group, the four Results Group of the UNPDF. Dr. Al-Mashat reiterated that MoIC is working closely with UN agencies to mitigate the socio-economic implications of the Coronavirus outbreak, which would contribute to ensuring that development efforts were not interrupted and were on the right track to achieve their aspired goals, especially the SDGs, noting that the UNPDF was drafted based on the outcomes of national consultations with 400 stakeholders from Government, the UN, civil society and private sector. The Minister pointed out that the Framework was in line with the Governments vison and Social and Economic Program and with MoICs new partnership strategy with development partners, which is based on three main pillars, People at the Core, Projects in Action and Purpose as the Drive, which addressed developmental partnership aiming at achieving SDGs. The Minister elaborated on the four pillars of the UNPDF, explaining that the Inclusive Economic Development pillar focused on achieving the agreed upon goals targeting sustainable inclusive economic development, creating job opportunities and capacity building. The Social Justice pillar focused on national efforts dedicated to control population growth and to ensure access for all to public services, such as social protection, health, nutrition and education. The Women Empowerment pillar aimed to enhance womens capabilities and their engagement in leadership positions and in several other economic activities, in addition to supporting their access to education and labor opportunities. The Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources Management pillar sought the effective and constructive management of Egypts natural resources and mitigating environmental risks as well as climate change risks. This could be achieved through integrated urban communities, improving poor districts and unofficial areas, using water resources in a more efficient manner and using renewable energy. Dr. Al-Mashat stressed that it was agreed during the meeting to continue the strategic dialogue between the government and the UN and to enhance ongoing coordination in order to reach a comprehensive plan for cooperation with the UN towards mitigating the socio-economic and health implications of the Coronavirus outbreak and to address the post-Coronavirus post-recovery by collaborating efforts to mitigate the impact on the economy and to support infrastructure, digital transformation and financial inclusiveness for women, which would contribute to creating more job opportunities and ensure the ongoing achievement of SDGs. Dr. Hala El Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, said that the government response plan that was adopted in Egypt, whether to reduce losses or mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19, is very solid. El Said noted that the full support of Egypt's development partners during this phase is extremely important to mitigate the risks of the Covid-19 crisis and prepare the post-Coronavirus stage. Egypts Minister of Planning explained that the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals in the governorates is crucial to maximize the benefit of the comparative advantages of the Egyptian governorates and regions, and to achieve inclusiveness, sustainable growth and balanced regional development, as one of the main pillars of Egypt's 2030 vision. The Minister of Environment Dr. Yasmin Fouad pointed out that it was important to pay more attention to waste-management workers and to support them by setting up an official sector that would guarantee they obtained their rights. She also stressed that it was important to support women working in the environmental field, especially in natural reserves as some women made natural products that could be sold in the reserves but they need help to be able to display and promote their work through social media means. The Minister of Environment stated that it was important to also address climate change across all development sectors and sustainable development fields and not just efforts from the agriculture and food sectors. The Minister of Social Solidarity Mrs. Nivine El-Kabbag presented the priorities of the Ministry of Social Solidarity to mitigate the implications of the pandemic, whether on the level of social protection, social care or development initiatives, by extending social security networks to include additional households,