UNIDO delegation attends Gulf region annual environment forum
RIYADH, 16 April – Representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) taking part in the annual Gulf Environment Forum that ended in the Saudi capital today, urged countries in the region to introduce modern waste management technologies.
The forum was held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Since its inception in 2010, the Global Environment Forum has been Saudi Arabia’s leading platform for discussing environmental issues in the Gulf region, and has attracted hundreds of environmentalists, scientists, economists and policy makers from all over the world. This year, the forum focused on renewable energy, waste management, energy efficiency, water and wastewater, and environmental technologies.
Azza Morssy, Chief of UNIDO’s Arab Regional Programme, said that roughly 80 percent of all municipal solid waste generated in Arab countries was potentially recyclable, yet the recycling rate was lower than 5 per cent. She proposed a framework that would help develop a waste prevention programme, and highlighted the importance of regional cooperation in this regard.
“Available waste management systems and market conditions, even at their best, are incapable of handling the growing amounts of waste. A new paradigm of global and regional cooperation and availability of innovative technologies for greening the waste sector need to be adopted, especially in Arab World,” said Morssy.
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