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The ninth conference of environment ministers in the Islamic world begins in Jeddah

grandmother (UNA) - Today, Thursday (October 19, 2023), in Jeddah, the work of the Ninth Conference of Ministers of the Environment in the Islamic World, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, began under the slogan “Towards Achieving the green transformation in the Islamic world,” in the presence of a high-level presence of a large number of ministers of environmental affairs, delegations of ISESCO member states, and representatives of a group of regional and international organizations working in the fields of environment, climate, and agriculture.

The opening session of the conference began with the recitation of clear verses from the Holy Quran, followed by a speech by Engineer Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of the Ninth Conference of Ministers of the Environment in the Islamic World, in which he stressed that the Kingdom attaches utmost importance to preserving the environment, through the establishment of a fund and five environmental centers. Specialized covering all environmental fields.

He pointed out the importance of the commitment of the countries of the Islamic world to joint work and cooperation to preserve the environment and ensure its sustainability, in light of the current global challenges, calling for the exchange of experiences and the adoption of the best modern practices to ensure its sustainability for future generations.

In his speech, Dr. Salem bin Mohammed Al-Malik, Director General of ICESCO, expressed his thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, for hosting this important event, explaining that ICESCO It pays great attention to environmental issues, and spares no effort in working to find solutions to major environmental dilemmas, calling on decision-makers to focus on increasing and supporting the capital of the green economy, and innovating new solutions that benefit from the digital and information revolution and applications of artificial intelligence and space science.

He stressed the importance of environmental issues for the Islamic world, given its vital geo-environmental location, which requires mobilizing societal capabilities, especially the women segment, to support these issues. He praised the environmental initiatives and efforts of ISESCO member states, most notably the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s “Green Middle East” initiative, and hosting the Republic of Egypt. The previous climate summit, COP 27, and the UAE’s hosting of the next edition of the COP 28 summit.

The Director-General of ISESCO concluded his speech by announcing that the organization will launch five scientific chairs on environmental issues in five universities in the Islamic world, in addition to the afforestation initiative for sustainable development, which it launched this year by planting 50 trees in Mauritania and Togo, and aims to reach 50 million. A tree in the horizon of 2030, as well as the organization’s support for small farmers to use smart agriculture, highlighting its readiness, within the activities of the ISESCO Year of Youth, to adopt the youth simulation of the Environment Conference and adopt their recommendations in it, and the organization’s keenness to move with the concerned authorities to renew the containers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management.

In his speech, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, stressed that the Islamic world is one of the regions of our planet that is increasingly suffering from global climate change, and with rising temperatures, the Islamic world is witnessing a series of environmental challenges that must be managed, pointing to a number of contributions. Countries of the Islamic world to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, and the commitments and initiatives of these countries in the environmental field.

Sergio Mujica, Secretary General of the International Organization for Quality (ISO), considered in his speech that the values ​​and standards of ISO are essential mechanisms for achieving sustainable development, stressing the importance of intensifying international efforts and joint work to succeed in protecting the environment and making a good impact.

While Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, pointed out the importance of reconciling traditional wisdom and keeping pace with technological developments in enhancing efforts to combat drought, protect the environment and achieve a green future, stressing his keenness to develop cooperation with countries of the Islamic world and ISESCO.

Following the opening session of the conference, prizes and certificates were handed over to the winners of the third session of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World, in which 22 contestants from 18 ISESCO member states won in its four branches.

After that, the conference’s working sessions began with the adoption of the draft agenda, the draft timetable, and the election of the members of the conference bureau, headed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as a representative, and the Republic of Guinea as rapporteur. The Executive Office for the Environment in the Islamic World was also formed as follows: Saudi Arabia as president, and members: Palestine, Djibouti, Oman, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Brunei Darussalam, and Kyrgyzstan.

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