H.E. Minister of Municipality and Environment Eng. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie said that the ministry spares no effort to reduce air pollution and its causes, as it is one of the top priorities of its strategic plans, as well as the national strategic development plans with the participation of the concerned ministries and authorities to achieve environmental sustainability, as one of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, under the wise leadership.
In this context, His Excellency said that joint work between government and private sector has contributed to the reduction of air pollution and its sources in accordance with environmental standards, through best practices that are environmentally friendly, which are converting to clean energy and green economy and reducing energy consumption, to achieve environmental sustainability and preserve biodiversity in the State of Qatar.
In his speech on the occasion of celebrating the World Environment Day, which falls on the 5th of June each year, His Excellency said that this annual environment event is meant to remind the world of the most important global environmental risks that threaten the existence of all on earth to live in a healthy manner and to work together, hand in hand, at the international, regional and national levels to protect, preserve and develop the environment.
His Excellency added that the participation of the State of Qatar in the celebration of the World Environment Day aims to emphasize the importance of the environment for all, in the spirit of joint action to preserve the planet and reduce air pollution of all kinds and sources.
His Excellency pointed out that the adoption of "fight air pollution" as a slogan for the celebration of this year 2019, has clear indications on the need to alert everyone that the air we breathe has become a challenge to live a healthy life, due to high rates of pollution caused by the phenomenon of climate change due to misconduct of individuals, groups and countries.
His Excellency called upon all individuals and sectors to complete what has been initiated through joint action and concerted efforts to change practices into positive actions in reducing air pollution, stressing the importance of collective efforts, and their impact on maintaining a sustainable environment to ensure a decent and healthy living for us and for next generations.
Al Sada pointed out that the ministry is also working on reviewing and evaluating the environmental status of projects and development projects of all kinds to ensure that they follow best environmental practices, and the ministry has also established a network of air quality monitoring stations in cooperation with the concerned authorities, noting that these stations assess air quality in Qatar using the best technology.
The ministry also monitors the effects of air pollution causing climate change and works to reduce it with the participation of the concerned authorities in accordance with the international conventions on climate change ratified by the State of Qatar, the latest of which was Paris Agreement.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment will organize events on this occasion with the aim of developing environmental awareness among the various segments of the society, directing attention to environmental issues and problems and activating positive participation in protecting the environment and facing its problems and challenges.
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