During her visit to Cairo on 12.02.2022, the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also met SEKEM’s CEO Helmy Abouleish. The German politician of the Green Party had expressed the wish to meet not only politicians but also representatives of civil society organisations to learn about climate protection initiatives and measures in the country. In this context, the German Embassy and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) invited SEKEM. During the discussion, Helmy Abouleish explained the great potential of organic and biodynamic agriculture in terms of carbon offsetting based on SEKEM’s experiences over the past decades. SEKEM is currently developing a model that allows organic farmers to be adequately remunerated for their merits in terms of CO2 sequestration.
Annalena Baerbock: “On the issue of climate protection, we now have the chance to expand our cooperation – and also great development opportunities from which many people can benefit – regarding jobs, education, energy supply and a clean environment. Tackling the climate crisis is no longer a niche issue in the world, and this is also thanks to an active civil society, especially many young people, who demand that we politicians preserve the planet for their generation. I am convinced that a strong role of civil society is crucial for a successful COP27.” COP27, the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference, will take place in November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.