Under the patronage of the Department of Environment, Housing, Water Resources and Sustainable Development of the Arab League, the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) held a special session from 14 to 17 June 2014 in El Gouna, Egypt.
During the meeting they discussed the Arab strategy for disaster risk reduction and the green economy in Arab countries towards a strategic and joint investment vision’, as proposed by Tunisia.
The meeting also considered several other items such as preparations for the forthcoming meeting of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, follow-up on implementation of the decisions from the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Initiative in the Arab Region, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20.
The Council discussed the institutional framework for sustainable development and follow up needed for the implementation of the Arab Initiative for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Joint Commission on Environment and Development in the Arab World, having been commissioned to take the lead through the mechanisms available to coordinate with national, Arab, regional and international organizations.
The meeting decided to adopt the Arab Initiative for Sustainable Development at both national and regional levels as the Initiative, which was launched during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, forms the general framework for programs and activities that can be implemented in accordance with the available resources to address the challenges facing Arab countries in order to achieve sustainable development and to find a mechanism to fund programs to protect the environment, in line with the international approach to sustainable development.
The Council also called on Arab countries to participate in the high-level Global Political Sustainable Development Forum to be held in New York from June 30 over an 8-day period.
The conference also recommended that the Council of Arab Ministers discuss and follow up on issues of environmental and sustainable development and raise the reports and resolutions of the Economic and Social Council with the Arab League.
PERSGA’s participation in this important meeting comes within the framework of its continuous cooperation and coordination with the Arab League.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden