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Arab Environment Ministers hail UAE Environmental achievements

posted on 03/02/2003: 1752 views

Arab Energy and Environment Ministers who are participating in the Second Environment and Exhibition and Conference which opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday have hailed the remarkable progress that the UAE has made in the area of environmental protection "The fact that the second Environment Exhibition and Conference is being held under the patronage of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, shows the significance that the UAE attaches to environmental and wildlife conservation issues” said Omair Medhat, Iraqi Minister of Health.

The UAE keenness to further widen the scope of its commitment to environmental issues is demonstrated by the topics which will be deliberated during the course of the conference. This is in addition to the volume of international participation, including the display of the latest technological innovation in the environmental protection, noted a number of minister who spoke to the e

Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the sidelines of the event.

The Ministers added that the Abu Dhabi Declaration which will be issued at the end of the exhibition and conference will send a clear signal to the world that Arab countries are well prepared to handle environmental challenges alongside the rest of the world. While the strategies that have been evolved by individual countries seem to adequately meet the challenges of the age, there is still a need for closer coordination between Arab countries, noted Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiya, Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry. "In view of the ever growing need for coordination between Arab countries, we fully support the call of President Sheikh Zayed today for joint Arab cooperation, particularly in the field of energy and environment” said Al Attiya.

He pointed out that the GCC countries in particular had been keen to ensure that oil and gas production in the region did not affect the environment. As testified by international agencies, the production of oil and gas had been a clean one, he said, adding that this is a goal achieved with the cooperation of international bodies.

For his part Egyptian Minister of Oil, Sameh Fahmy underlined the importance of Abu Dhabi Declaration, saying that it is a strategy that is based on how to strike a balance between sustainable development and environmental protection. "The deceleration represents a vision that has long been cherished by President Sheikh Zayed” he said. Fahmy said that the increasing demand for oil and gas meant that there should be closer cooperation between various institutions to keep the environment clean. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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