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UAE will launch more environment initiatives: Madfa

posted on 03/02/2005: 2059 views

The UAE, which is a leading player in environment protection programmes, will launch more initiatives in the coming period to keep pace with requirements in the face of rapid development, Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa said yesterday.

Al Madfa, also Chairman of the Federal Environment Agency, told WAM following the Ministerial meeting held here on the final day of the Environment 2005 exhibition and conference that the UAE has launched many programmes in the field of environment. In the area of sustainable transportation, the theme of the expo, he said that the UAE had introduced unleaded petrol and reduced diesel emissions and taken many other useful initiatives. Several key transportation related initiatives including road improvement and infrastructure projects etc would be taken up, he said.

Al Madfa expressed satisfaction at the success of the Environment 2005 expo. It demonstrates our stand on the importance of international cooperation for implementing crucial environmental programmes. It shows our commitment in supporting international endeavours for protecting the environment," he said.

The presentation of useful suggestions by a large number of experts in the field of transportation and the research papers and studies presented at the conference reflect the interest of the international community to save the earth from environmental damage, the Minister added.

Earlier, at the Ministerial meeting, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Communications said that the UAE was one of the leading countries in the region with regard to protection of environment and had successfully managed to bring about a balance between development and environment protection. Other GCC states has also implemented a number of initiatives in this direction, he said.

Al Mansouri said that there were many challenges which the region was facing but the countries were ready and capable of facing these challenges. He stressed the importance of educating the younger generation on environmental issues and the need to hold more conferences on various aspects of environment protection.

Fahim Al Ali, Head of the Environment Department, GCC, said that at the last GCC summit in Bahrain in 2004, the final summit report had one section specifically devoted to sustainable development. The council has urged members to implement the recommendations on sustainable development and the report will be reviewed at a meeting to be held in April this year. GCC states had issued different environment laws ever since guidelines were issued to members in 1985, he added.

Abdul Rahman Shaibani, Chairman of the Executive Council Arab League said that the recommendations of the Abu Dhabi declaration will be submitted to concerned departments at the League for implementation in member countries.

Mohammed Amer, Morocco's Under Secretary at the Water Ministry expressed the hope that the deliberations would help the countries to implement and achieve goals related to sustainable development. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

ADNOC announces prices for January 2005

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced the Official Selling Prices (OSP) of its four crudes free on board (FOB), for the month of January 2005. A company statement said prices of ADNOC's four crudes Murban, Lower Zakum, Umm Shaif and Upper Zakum loaded in January were US$ 42.10, $42.15, $41.60 and $38.20 a barrel respectively. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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