GCC efforts to preserve the environment praised

Oil and Environment Minister and special envoy for climate affairs Dr Mohammed Bin Daina has commended the ongoing efforts of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to preserve the environment and address climate change.

Dr Bin Daina, who was speaking at the 25th meeting of the ministers responsible for climate affairs in the GCC countries, paid tribute to the GCC Secretariat-General’s committees and staff for constant co-operation and keenness to push joint GCC action forward.

He affirmed Bahrain’s keenness to strengthen co-operation and unify GCC countries’ stances at various international environment gatherings. He also praised the important and constructive decisions taken by GCC ministers responsible for environment affairs during their previous meetings, contributing to enhancing the GCC environment action towards achieving sustainable development goals in the region.

He extended sincere thanks and appreciation to GCC leaders for their constant support for strengthening joint GCC action.

Omani Minister of Energy and Minerals Salim bin Said Al Aufi, chaired the meeting, in the presence of GCC Secretary-General Jasem Mohamed Al Budaiwi and senior environment and climate affairs officials.

The participants discussed a number of issues pertaining to environment and climate affairs, including the GCC strategic plan for environment, the Middle East Green Initiative, the role of the GCC countries in the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP28), the GCC Environment e-Portal, and developments in co-operation with the United Nations Environment Programme – West Asia Office (UNEP/ROWA).

The meeting also focused on GCC countries’ role in the upcoming agreement to prevent plastic pollution, the latest developments in the commitments of the GCC countries regarding the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and the efforts and initiatives of the GCC countries towards the agreement to preserve wildlife and their natural habitats.


Source: https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1290806


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