On the 2nd of December 2020 the 72nd Cairo Climate Talks (CCT) hosted a conversation between experts from several fields to discuss sustainable infrastructure possibilities and required efforts to address the challenge of rapidly increasing populations with the added strain that COVID-19 has imposed on the world.
The CCT titled “Sustainable Infrastructure: Post-Covid-19 Paths to the SDGs” was moderated by Marwa Barakat who stressed that looking at Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sustainable infrastructure not only is the core of 4 goals; goal 6 on clean water and sanitation, 7 on affordable and clean energy, 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, 11 on sustainable cities and communities, it also plays a significant role in achieving most of the other goals such as reducing poverty and inequalities. But despite progress, many people still lack proper access to basic services and infrastructure networks and the Covid-19 crisis magnified the implications of this. In his opening remarks, Philippe Maupai, Head of the Science Department at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cairo, underlined “the importance of developing infrastructure everywhere around the globe but especially in countries with growing populations, without compromising the environment which we equally need to survive.”
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