Egypt Independent: Environment-Main news en UN and the League of Arab States signs a memorandum for efficient environmental pathways <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Arab League joined efforts to draw up an action plan targeted specifically at boosting the ability of managing natural resources in sustainable manner as well as tackling environmental challenges across the 22 countries of the Arab region.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw and the Head of Department of Environment, Housing and Water Ressources and Sustainable Development in the Arab League Jamaleddine Jaballah, at the 51st Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 9 November.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The MOU, which builds upon a previous agreement signed in 1986, has been the milestone of continuing years-long strong cooperation between UNEP and the Arab League.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It mirrors the two organizations&rsquo; parallel priorities and responds to the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, in which the UNEP played an indispensable role in safeguarding the environment at a global level.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>UNEP and the&nbsp;Arab League agreed upon effective, precise mechanisms in a bid to reinforce the planning and implementation of global and regional programs in the region.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The action plan takes into account a slew of crucial environmental concerns in all levels covering the green economy, post conflict assessments and recovery, climate change, water resources, biodiversity, sustainable consumption and production and environmental governance.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The terms of the new MOU set out on the basis of the joint UN-Arab League&nbsp;strategic priorities for economic, social and environmental clusters for the period 2013-2017.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The memorandum also implements the outcomes and decisions reached by the relevant specialized Arab Ministerial Councils and their subsidiaries committees/groups that intersects with UNEP mandate and Program of Work in particular the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environment (CAMRE) and the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN).&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Arab Ministerial Council had just wrapped up its 26th session in 10 November in Jeddah maintaining an active dialogue on the Sustainable Development Initiative in the Arab Region in addition to in-depth discussions about the annual UN Conference on Sustainable Development.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Heba Helmy 2439766 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/10/54605/minister.jpg Arab environment Ministerial to meet in Jeddah 8 November <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">The Council of Arab Environment&nbsp;</span>Ministerial<span style="line-height: normal;">&nbsp;will hold its 26th session in Jeddah from 8 to 10 November to discuss updating the Sustainable Development Initiative in the Arab Region as well as to discuss the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Environment.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">The session will be preceded by a meeting for the Joint Commission on Environment and Development in the Arab World during the period from 3 to 6 November to discuss the implementation of the decisions of the 25th session, Egyptian Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said Thursday.</span></p><div><p style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: normal;">The green belts project in the Arab world, which was approved by the Arab summit, is one of the most important topics to be discussed by the council.</span></p></div><div>Fahmy added that the meeting would also discuss the implementation of the decisions of the Arab Executive Economic and Social Summit, the decisions of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), updating the Sustainable Development Initiative in the Arab Region, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The meeting will address international conventions and meetings on environment, desertification, biodiversity, and chemical and hazardous waste in addition to other topics, including environmental education for sustainable development and how to set up a unified Arab attitude towards climate change, said Fahmy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Council of Arab Environment Ministers will discuss shift to a green economy in the Arab countries, the theme of the 2015 Arab Environment Day, mechanisms of implementing the Arab Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as environmental conditions in many countries, including Palestine, the Syrian Golan, Sudan, Somalia, Comoros and others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:49:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm,Egypt Independent 2439633 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/07/484151/khld-fhmy.jpg Food Supply Ministry considers providing commodities in return for garbage <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Domestic Trade and Food Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy said the ministry is considering a project that would give citizens free goods in return for garbage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ministry, in coordination with Environment Ministry and authorities in question, mulls collecting garbage bags and adding a financial return on the smart ration cards, so families would get more food commodities, the minister explained to <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More details on taking advantage of the garbage will be declared within two months, Hanafy added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 13:20:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439441 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/09/18/4886/3.jpg Solar station to light 400 houses in New Valley <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Minister of Local Development Adel Labib on Friday decided to operate a solar power plant to produce enough light for 400 houses in New Valley.&nbsp;</span></p><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">He said the plant was built there seven years ago but not operated.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Labib added that other projects in the governorate include a high school, sanitation services and a mosque.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439402 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/05/22/5886/sun.jpg