4th Meeting of the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment kicks off at ISESCO headquarters, Rabat

Rabat: 10/05/2017

4th Meeting of the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment kicks off at ISESCO headquarters, Rabat

The 4th Meeting of the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment, at the ministerial level, kicked off today morning, at the headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Rabat.

At the Meeting’s opening session, addresses were delivered by Dr Khalil bin Mosleh Al-Thaqafi, President of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President of the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, Chairman of the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment; Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General; Dr Lahcen Daoudi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of General Affairs and Governance of the Kingdom of Morocco; and Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The Meeting will review the preparations for the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, to be held in Rabat, on 25-26 October 2017, in cooperation between ISESCO and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in coordination with the OIC General Secretariat.

The Meeting’s agenda includes the following documents and reports which will be submitted to the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers: the “Report of the Director General on ISESCO’s Efforts in the Fields of Environment and Sustainable Development between the 6th and 7th ICEM Sessions”, the “Draft Guidance Document on Green Cities and their Role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals”, the “Progress Report on the Creation of the OIC Water Council and its Terms of Reference”, the “Report on the Creation of an OIC Joint Commission for Sustainable Development (OIC-CSD)”, the “Report on ISESCO’s Efforts in the 22nd Conference of the Parties on Climate Change and Preparation of the 23rd Session of the Conference”, the “Progress Report on the Creation of the Islamic Academy for the Environment and Sustainable Development”, the “Progress Report on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World”, the “Report on the Creation of the Joint Committee on the Executive Work Plan for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the Member States”, the “Draft Amendment to the Rules of Procedure of the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment”, and the “Draft Rules of Procedure of the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers”.

For the record, the senior environmental experts had held a meeting yesterday to prepare for this Ministerial Meeting and examine its documents and draft decisions.

It is worth noting that the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment comprises representatives of the following Member States: the State of Qatar, the Republic of the Sudan, the Union of the Comoros, the Republic of Cameroon, the Republic of Mali, the Republic of Chad, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Tajikistan, and Malaysia.