It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you in Egypt in November 2018 for the Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. I am equally delighted that it will take place in the city of Sharm El Sheikh, “The City of Peace” which is endowed by rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity and diverse communities making it a vibrant, lively expression of the dynamic and vital interaction between humanity and nature.
Over the millennia, Egypt’s magnificent civilization was built on and sustained by its wealth of natural resources. The ancient Egyptians were keenly aware of the richness and appreciative of the value of their surrounding ecosystems. Thousands of years later, we are still proud of this heritage and committed to preserving it for present and future generations.
As Egypt welcomes all participants at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biodiversity as well as our partners representing the broad and rich array of non-state actors, we would also remind ourselves of our shared responsibility to work collectively, constructively and effectively for the common good of our planet and welfare of its people.
We owe it to future generations to act now and act effectively. And we in Egypt are fully committed to do our part at the national level as well as to ensure the success of this conference.
To conclude, allow me to wish you every success in fulfilling your important tasks and to hope you have a wonderful, fruitful and enjoyable stay in Sharm-El-Sheikh.
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt