Around $20 billion have been allocated for environmental projects, but have not been distributed fairly among the most needed places, an expert in integrating environmental factors Elena Nefukva said.
This announcement came during the “Day Zero: Water Security in the Aftermath of Climate Change” symposium launched on Sunday, Nov. 4 as part the second edition of the 2018 World Youth Forum.
The symposium was attended by four ministries: Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram, Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, and Minister of Planning Hala Helmy el-Saeed.
Nefukva stressed that the governments face problems in funding; hence, they cooperate with nonprofit organizations. She added that funds are working to launch environmental investments despite all the problems they face.
Meanwhile, Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati stressed that the ministry supports youth in all fields through training them annually and holding conferences for them.
The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) held its opening ceremony under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Saturday, November 3.
The second annual edition of the WYF tackles two main axes: peace and development. The forum brings together 5,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.
The first axis discussses reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
The axis of development includes topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.
The WYF 2018 agenda
On Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the "Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want" and "Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World."
The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on Friday, November 2. The actual discussion sessions started on November 4, where participants discussed a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.
On November 5, the sessions will tackle the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges. The forum's closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018's recommendations will take place on Nov. 6.