Updated: Nov 7, 2018
Dr. Samy Zalat, the chairman of the Nature and Science Foundation, was invited by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency to attend the World Environment Day event this year, entitled “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency have always been exerting efforts on both the national and international levels to protect the environment. That is why one of the most pressing problems facing the environment nowadays was chosen to be the theme of this year's World Environment Day. The event aims to discuss the urgent issues threatening the environment as a result of using plastic, and the ways through which we can limit its use and switch to safe, environment-friendly alternatives. A grand event was organized by the Ministry of Environment in partnership with UN Environment, CEDARE, and SwitchMEd Programme funded by the EU on the 5th of June at the InterContinental CityStars Hotel, Cairo. The event was attended by H.E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy; H.E. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid; Ms. Sandra De Wale, Charge' d' Affaires and Deputy as representative of H.E. Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt; members of the Egyptian Parliament; Mr. Luc Reuters, SwitchMed National Policy Coordinator, UN Environment. Representatives from governmental organizations, private sector, environmental authorities, stakeholders and partners were present. A wide range of journalists joined the press conference held prior to the event.
The festivities included acknowledging key persons for their remarkable efforts and support to environmental priorities. On top of the list was Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, as the first lady minister of environment in Egypt, who was distinguished by Dr. Fahmy for her unceasing devotion and exceptional efforts in the environmental & sustainable development field. Other renowned names who received trophies included Mrs. Yousria Louza, Mr. Sameeh Sawiris, Dr. Ibrahim Hegazy, Mr. Hisham Ezz AlArab, Dr. Moustafa ElFekky, Dr. Talaat ElSwedy, Dr. Nawal ElDegwy among other prominent public figures. The honor list also included promising outstanding young people and active institutions with novel solutions and inspiring initiatives adding up to environmental boost.
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of UNEP.
World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.