A Symposium Entitled: “Climate Change”

Prof. Yasser Magdy Hatata, President of Fayoum University, witnessed a symposium entitled: “Climate Change” organized by the General Administration of Community Service, during which the international expert Dr. Samir Tantawy, Climate Change Consultant to the United Nations Regional Office for the Arab Region, lectured to reduce risks and disasters.
It was attended by Prof. Mohamed Farouk Ali, Vice President for Education and Student Affairs, a number of deans and vice deans of faculties, the media advisor to the president of the university, and faculty members, on Sunday, 18/9/2222 in the university’s grand celebration hall.
Prof. Yasser Magdy Hatata indicated that in line with Egypt's preparations to host the climate conference, to be held next November in Sharm El-Sheikh, and in implementation of sustainable development mechanisms, Fayoum University is keen to organize a number of scientific and awareness symposiums, to discuss topics related to climate change and its causes, its damages, and its negative effects on all sectors of society; individuals and institutions, which need urgent measures to address these repercussions.
Prof. Mohamed Farouk also stressed that Fayoum University pays great attention to societal issues, in order to address the issues that cause various problems that affect from near or far the sectors of society, and threaten development rates, especially that the issue of climate is one of the most important social and economic issues, and within Sustainable development goals that the state takes upon itself to face its repercussions in a more feasible and effective manner.
During the symposium, Dr. Samir Tantawy spoke about the concept of climate change, the threats posed by the effects of these changes on all aspects of life, and how climate changes occur as a result of the increase in the average temperature of the atmosphere, and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities, which leads to a rise in the surface level of Sea, heavy rains, droughts, desertification, dust and sand storms, extreme heat waves, and beach erosion worldwide.
He also discussed the impact of climate change on development plans, food security, water availability, high rates of poverty and extensive economic losses.
Topics related to climate change in Egypt were also reviewed during the symposium, and the impact of this on increasing disease rates, deaths, and the spread of diseases transmitted by insects, in addition to the losses resulting from heavy disease precipitation on infrastructure, sewage systems, water stress, and low Crop productivity, migration of fish, animals and birds, and the impact of the tourism sector.
Dr. Samir Tantawy also continued that Egypt's emissions amount to 6.6% globally, and that Egypt has agreed and ratified various climate change agreements, which include the United Nations Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement, in addition to discussing the terms of Egypt's national strategy to confront climate change, and its objectives, in effectively addressing the effects of the repercussions of these changes, in accordance with the strategic framework of the principles of adaptation, energy, sustainable development, strengthening governance, improving infrastructure, scientific research and financing.
The state's efforts to implement actual steps towards recycling and benefiting from waste were also addressed, as well as rationalizing energy uses, and the role of this in reducing heat emissions, switching to clean energy, and the Arab countries' plan related to climate change and finance.
At the end of the climate change symposium, Prof. Yasser Magdy Hatata presented the shield of Fayoum University to Dr. Samir Tantawy, in gratitude and appreciation for his efforts.