Arab stance on pollution sought

Updated 07 November 2014
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Arab stance on pollution sought

The undersecretary of Meteorology and Environment Protection for Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs, Abdul Bassette Al-Sairafi, has urged all Arab countries to take a unified stance against the high pollution rates and develop a clear strategy to face environment challenges.
“There have been some environmental improvements over the past 40 years. However, there is evidence which reveals that the current environmental challenges require stronger efforts to increase green areas and protect natural resources,” Al-Sairafi said in his opening speech at the first session of the Arab Joint Ministerial Committee meeting for environment and sustainable development of Arab countries which was held in Jeddah on Sunday.
He said that adverse environmental changes had raised concerns among Arab countries which had resulted in the adoption of the recommendations of international conventions and protocols in order to protect the environment from natural disasters such as desertification and the negative effects of climate change. The committee discussed in addition, a number of important topics like the oil pollution of Lebanese shores and following up on the implementation of the Arab environment summits’ decisions in addition to other topics including the environment and sustainable development.
The meeting also discussed the implementation of the resolutions of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Sustainable Development Initiative in the Arab region and the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development. The meeting further discussed the Arab strategy to reduce the risks of disasters.
A-Sairafi highlighted the importance of the Montreal Protocol and the Vienna Convention for Ozone Layer Protection. He appealed to the countries which had adopted the protocol to exert more efforts and take a unified stance to protect their environmental interests prior to attending the 26th conference of the Montreal Protocol and the Vienna Convention for Ozone Layer Protection which will be held in Paris from Nov. 17 to 21.
The executive office of the Arab Council of Environment Ministers will hold its meeting next Saturday with the attendance of eight ministers which will be followed by the meeting of Arab ministers for environmental affairs on Sunday and Monday.


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.