2006 News Story

Islamic Environment Ministers conference convenes in Jeddah

The Second Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers began in Jeddah yesterday. Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz opened the conference on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

In remarks upon the occasion, President of Meteorology and Environment Protection Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz said that the primary aim of the conference is to seek cooperative strategies for preserving natural beauty in the Muslim world.

Prince Turki also announced plans to launch the first Saudi TV channel specializing in environmental affairs. The new channel will be funded by the Saudi private sector, he said.

In addition, Prince Turki said that Saudi Arabia has established an environment information center that could serve as a basis for the proposed Islamic environmental database center.

In a press conference after opening the conference, Prince Nayef said that Islamic states are capable of putting together a strategic plan for the environment. He also noted that the Kingdom plans to increase environmental awareness in schools and through a number of televised symposiums.