UN-Champion Climate Change SEKEM

Helmy Abouleish Becomes UN-Champion for Facing Climate Change

In the framework of the NAP (National Adaption Plan) Expo hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 4 to 6 April in Sharm El-Sheikh, SEKEM’s CEO Helmy Abouleish was elected to be the fourth international NAP Champion. This new initiative was initiated by the United Nations Expert Group for Least Developed Countries in order to provide recognition to eminent personalities in the field of climate resilience.  So far, only three persons have been given the NAP Champion title.

SEKEM’s commitment to human wellbeing as first priority

On April 6, Helmy Abouleish had been presented as the new NAP Champion in Sharm El-Sheikh and gave a speech on SEKEM’s commitment to sustainable development in the face of climate change. He pointed out that adaption to climate change can only be sustainable by approaching it holistically by fostering and balancing the four main dimensions of development: ecology, economy, society and culture. “We perused the achievements of those who would fit the criteria of becoming NAP Champion from the MENA region, and Helmy Abouleish appeared as a top priority, especially in recognition to the holistic orientation that SEKEM has inspired, and which goes well beyond that of implementing projects conducive to sustainability, but also fosters a comprehensive approach to sustainable living as applied to all aspects of human wellbeing”, Youssef Nassef, director of the Adaption Programme of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, stated.

International recognition for NAP Champions

The NAP Expo is the largest UN event on climate adaptation held annually and addresses good adaptation practices and international support modalities as experienced by developing countries. The main objective is better awareness of good practices of resilience and support for adaptation action across different spectrums, systems and sectors.  NAP Champions, will be invited to various high-level events on adaptation, such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2018 in Poland.

UN Champion Climate Change
Helmy Abouleish together with the other NAP Champions on stage in Sharm El-Sheikh. (Copyright: NAP Central)

Next to Helmy Abouleish three NAP Champions have been selected until now: Senator Loren Legarda from the Philippines, Professor Dr. Jae Chun Choe from Korea, and H.E. Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries. They were all chosen in regard to their sustainable contribution and commitment in the face of climate change.

SEKEM’s commitment to sustainable development and against climate change

Since more than 40 years SEKEM is committed to foster sustainable development by promoting Organic agriculture, supporting societal and cultural development and conducting fair and transparent economic activities. This holistic contribution can be seen for instance by SEKEM’s involvement to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations published in 2016 as Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development on worldwide level.

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