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Islamic environment ministers adopt cooperation mechanisms for sustainable development.

Summary: The Third Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, which wrapped up Friday in the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), has set up the implementation mechanisms of cooperation in the fields of environment and sustainable development.

The Third Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, which wrapped up Friday in the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), has set up the implementation mechanisms of cooperation in the fields of environment and sustainable development. Speaking at the closing session, the Director General of the Organization, Abdulaziz Attwaijri said the proposals extended by king Mohammed VI in his message to the conference will be implemented in coordination with the member States within the Islamic executive bureau for environment. <p>aa He said ISESCO will submit the king's proposal to create an Islamic Academy for Environment and Development to the tenth session of the general conference of the Organization and to the upcoming fourth Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers.

aa According to the participants, the three-day meeting has marked the turning point between theory and implementation of a number of projects, mainly the creation of an Islamic center for information on environment, and the modified draft of the general framework project on sustainable development.

aa The conference also included a roundtable on the impact of the climate change on the Islamic world, which called for developing mechanisms for common action among Muslim countries to reinforce the negotiation positions relating to the climate change, and the exchange of expertise in the field.

aa Participants called for drafting policies aimed to preserve fresh water, promote desalination and encourage the construction of water dams to securing water resources in Islamic countries.

aa They also urged member countries to put in place emergency plans against natural disasters, and to create a monitoring and warning network for the early detection of climate changes.

aa The two first sessions of the OIC environment ministers convened in Saudi Arabia in 2002 and 2006.

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