News From Around the Muslim World – October 2010

Tunisia: Tunisia Soon to Host 4th Congress of Islamic Environment Ministers

From October 5 and 6, 2010, Tunisia will host the Islamic environment ministers’ 4th congress, with the participation of environment ministers from the Islamic countries and several representatives from over 30 international associations.

The Congress will be held under the high patronage of President Ben Ali, at the initiative of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), jointly with the Secretariat General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), in association with the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry.

The 4th Islamic environment ministers’ congress coincides with the UN’s observance in 2010 of the International Year of Biodiversity and the International Youth Year.

The Congress will take place on the eve of the 3 rd Congress of the Arab Women Organization (AWO) on “Arab Women, Essential Partners in Sustainable Development Action”, in October, 2010.

The 4th Islamic Congress will address several issues including the future of environment and the congress of partners to the UN Convention on Biodiversity held in Nagoya, Japan and the international congress on climate changes held in Cancun, Mexico.

Several issues related to environment and sustainable development in the Islamic world will be also discussed as part of the “Islamic Declaration on Sustainable Development”, (Jeddah, from June 10 to12, 2002) and “Jeddah Commitments for Sustainable Development”, coming out of the second Islamic congress of environment ministers (from December 13 to 15, 2006), as well as the general framework for sustainable development in the Islamic world coming out from the 3rd Islamic congress of environment ministers (Rabat from October 29 to 31, 2008).

Participants will also focus on “the Islamic draft action program to make the most of clean development mechanisms”, “the draft environmental action program in Islamic countries” and the “project of the Islamic environmental network in Saudi Arabia”.

The Congress will be marked by the elections of members of the Islamic Environment Board.

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