In his address at opening of 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, ISESCO Director General affirms royal message to Conference contained forward-looking vision, sound ideas and judicious directives regarding environmental issues
The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, delivered an address at the opening session of the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, kicked off today morning at the Organization’s headquarters, under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and the effective presidency of Her Royal Highness Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection.
At the beginning of his address, ISESCO Director General commended the message of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the participants, read out by Her Royal Highness Lalla Hasnaa, as it contained “sound ideas, forward-looking vision and judicious directives regarding environmental issues which will be a tremendous boost for this Conference to achieve its noble objectives. This royal message will also serve as an official working document for the Conference to guide its orientations and to build on its contents.”
He also said that the theme of the current session of the Conference reflected the basic task to be carried out by the Conference to achieve its main objective, indicating that the “Promotion of Effective Islamic Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals” should have been at the forefront of concerns, particularly at that juncture in which the world has turned greater attention to environmental issues in general and to climate change in particular.
In addition, Dr Altwaijri pointed out that the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 23) would take place next month in Bonn, Germany, after last year’s session (COP 22), held in Marrakech in November to which ISESCO had contributed the documents issued by that Conference. “COP 22 was a successful Conference that the Kingdom of Morocco has managed to turn into an international forum for dialogue and research on major global issues in order to preserve the environment and adequately address the climate changes affecting the planet’s safety”, he added.
By the same token, ISESCO Director General noted that the theme of the 6th session of the Conference “Climate Change: Future Challenges for Sustainable Development” complemented this session’s theme, explaining that while the former one made an accurate diagnosis of that global phenomenon, the latter prescribed the scientific treatment of that ailment, through mobilizing efforts and promoting Islamic cooperation in that vital area. He confirmed that the ultimate goal was to achieve sustainable comprehensive development which could not complete its full cycle unless it was supported by a well-preserved clean environment that provided the scientific means to effectively deal with climate change, as part of an intensified and fruitful international cooperation to address ensuing environmental risks.
In the same vein, he pointed out that fifteen years had elapsed since the convening of the first session of the Conference in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that the founding documents adopted by the Conference at its previous six sessions had constituted an integrated framework for joint Islamic action in the field of the environment, drawing up a roadmap for Member States to develop national policies on environmental protection.
Moreover, ISESCO Director General announced that the current session of the Conference would build on its record of achievement, by reviewing important reports on the creation of the “OIC Water Council” and the “OIC Joint Commission for Sustainable Development (OIC-CSD)”. He added that it would examine the draft guidance document on “Green Cities and their Role in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals” and discuss the report on the creation of the “Islamic Academy for the Environment and Sustainable Development” in the Kingdom of Morocco, the Draft “Programme for the Celebration of Islamic Capitals of the Environment and Sustainable Development” and the progress report on the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World” in its updated version.
In conclusion, Dr Altwaijri affirmed the Conference would continue to achieve its objectives and accumulate an extensive record of achievements that serves the supreme interests of the Islamic world and fulfills Member States’ aspirations towards building comprehensive sustainable development for present and future generations.