2nd Meeting of Higher Committee of KSA Award for Environmental Management in Islamic World kicks off

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Rabat: 23/10/2017

The 2nd Meeting of the Higher Committee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management in Islamic World kicked off today at the headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), under the chairmanship of Dr Khaleel bin Mosleh Al Thaqafi, President of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chair of the Award’s Higher Committee, and Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General, Secretary General of the Award.

In his address at the meeting, Dr Altwaijri said that the latter was scheduled shortly ahead of the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers to allow the Committee to examine and adopt the relevant documents and proposals before submitting them to the Conference, namely the Award’s Jury Report and its Progress Report, a proposal to add a fifth category dubbed “Environmentally Friendly Islamic City” to the Award, and another one on an extended breakdown of the Award’s budget as from the 2018-2019 edition.

“I am sure that, with the grace of Allah and with our concerted efforts, we will succeed in achieving the objectives of this Award aimed at boosting joint Islamic environmental action and ensuring the Award’s required outreach to the international institutions and organizations operating in this vital area”, he stated.

In addition, Dr Altwaijri thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for his unwavering support for this prestigious Award, and for the parties in charge of the Award in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, particularly the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, the Award’s Committee Chair, for their close cooperation with the General Secretariat and the members of the Award’s Higher Committee for accepting the invitation to attend the meeting.

The meeting is discussing and will approve the report of the Award’s jury (edition 2016-2017); the progress report to be submitted to the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers; the proposal to add a fifth category of the “Environmentally-Friendly Islamic City” and the arrangements for the Award’s second edition (2018-2019).

Supervised by the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and under the General Secretariat of ISESCO, the Award covers four categories, namely: best individual or collective research, achievement or practice in the environment and sustainable development, particularly those addressing specific environmental issues of concern to or may potentially benefit the Muslim world; best practice in environment and sustainable development projects or activities in the public sector in the Member States; best practice in environment and sustainable development projects or activities in the private sector in the Member States; best leading practices or activities in the environment and sustainable development in non-governmental organizations that can be replicated in the Member States.

The 280,000 US $ Award is handed to winners every two years at the opening session of the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers.

In addition to its Chair and Secretary General, the Higher Committee comprises the following members: Dr Mahathir Mohamad, ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador; Mr Pa Ousman Jarju, Director of the Country Programming Division at the South Korea-based Green Climate Fund; Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan; Dr Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al Tuwaijri, ex-Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs in the League of Arab States; and Dr Ibrahim Ozdemir, Founding Rector of Hasan Kalyoncu University in Turkey.

For the record, the 1st Meeting of the Committee, held in Jeddah on 26-27 September 2016, adopted the Award’s organizational structure, media plan, jury and logo. It also launched the Award’s web portal.

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