Arab Environment Day, celebrated on October 14 each year, is a great opportunity to raise awareness and protect our environment. Each year Arab Environment Day has a slogan for creating awareness among individuals living in Arab countries. Arab Environment Ministers and officials met on this day with the aim of developing cooperation between Arab countries. Specifically, Arab officials sought to promote cooperation in environmental issues and find solutions to create a more sustainable world.
Most of the Arab countries face various environmental challenges such as water scarcity, water pollution, and desertification. Other challenges include electronic waste, an increased use of energy and the impact of climate change. This day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and also to protect our environment. Small steps taken today to heal the environment will help us attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
An online celebration was organized and hosted by Dr. Mahmoud Fathallah from the Arab League, Professor Zaid Al-Alawneh from the Arab network of Environment Development, Minister Jamil Mutour, Head of Environmental Quality in Palestine, Engineer Zagloul Samhan from the Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority and Dr. Tariq Mohammed Al-Arabi from the Egyptian Ministry of Environment.
The guests unanimously agreed about the great damage caused from electrical and electronic waste and its negative effects on the environment. They called for doubling the efforts of governments and societies to confront it, prepare safe mechanisms and do their best to get rid of the waste in a safe way. Valuable experiences were showcased from all the following countries – Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Jordan, Palestine, and an additional experience from China.
The secretary general of the Community Development and Partnerships Committee, Mr. Mesfer Al-Ghobashi ended the celebration with a word of thanks to all attendees.