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The Abu Dhabi Initiative at the WSSD reaffirms UAE's environmental commitment

posted on 03/09/2002: 1791 views


JOHANNESBURG - The launching of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative reaffirmed the commitment of the UAE under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the protection and development of the environment. In statement after the launching of the initiative, Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Health Minister, said that the Initiative would make environmental data accessible to developing countries through the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, noting that the initiative would enhance the UAE's status in the world arena. Meanwhile, Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Environmental Research and Wild Development Authority, ERWDA, said that the Initiative would have to be implemented in three stages on the national and regional level. He added that ERWDA had allocated US$ 5 million for the execution of the Initiative, while US$25 million had to come from donor countries. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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