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Arab environment ministers meet in Cairo

(with photos) CAIRO, Dec 5 (KUNA) -- The Arab Environment Ministers Council kicked off its 19th session at the headquarters of Arab League here Wednesday, with Kuwait participating.
The Kuwaiti delegation to the session is led by Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor for Social Care Dr. Jassem Ashkinani.
The meeting is scheduled to probe major environment issues in the forefront of which is the Arab Declaration on Climate Change.
The meeting has to focus on the issues that will be dealt with by the Arab economic summit, due in Kuwait in late 2008, Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa told the opening session.
"It has to coordinate positions of the Arab countries participating in the conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (in session in Bali, Indonesia between December 3 and 14)," Moussa asserted.
"The Arab region is one of the worst-affected regions in world by climate change.
"There are conflicting interests of the major industrialized countries and the developing countries, including the Arab ones in this regard," Moussa added.
He urged solving the conflict in the framework of interests rather than showdown and taking into account that climate changes endangered the existence of whole countries.
Meanwhile, chairman of the current session of the Arab Environment Ministers Council and Tunisian Minister of Environment Sustainable Development Nadhir Hamada highlighted in his speech to the session the risks posed by greenhouse gases to natural resources, food security, public health, and sustainable development.
He urged the Arab governments to make concerted efforts to ensure the welfare of their peoples.
Chief of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Environment Ministers Council Prince Turki Bin-Nasser Bin-Abdul-Aziz called on the Arab countries to work together to solve the draught, land degeneration, and desertification in the light of the studies developed by the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD). (end) mfm.rg.gb.
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