Posted on June 06, 2014

In celebration of the World Environment Day, The Youth Company (TYC), under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment (MoE), organised the #TalkDirty Environment and Sustainability forum, on Thursday, at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) Student Centre. 

On the heels of Doha's recent ranking as the 12th most polluted city by the World Health Organisation (WHO), TYC's exclusive initiative discussed innovative solutions to important environmental issues in the country and the region as well as around the world. "The wise and sustainable consumption of electricity as well as managing waste are some of the most important challenges facing us in Qatar as well as the rest of the world today. Qatar is a very active and environmentally-conscious member regionally as well as internationally. On a regional level, we are constantly working on exchanging knowledge, experience and technology", the Minister of Environment HE Ahmed Amer al Humaidi said.

"At the MoE, we have our own programme that will help us achieve environment-friendly sustainability in the country based on a comprehensive plan involving everyone in environmental development initiatives, including institutions, NGOs and the community", he added, stressing the MoE's commitment to Qatar's youth in supporting all initiatives that raise environmental awareness among the community.

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The #TalkDirty forum, held under the theme"Building a Sustainable Country", brought together top policy makers, government bodies, corporations and student leaders to tackle the issues from all perspectives as well as to create a dialogue on the current work that Qatar has been involved in towards sustainable development, in line with the country's National Vision 2030. The eight prominent speakers included MoE's Aurora M Castilla , the Dutch Ambassador to Qatar HE Yvette Eechoud, and chief guest Ahmad al Sada, Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs at the MoE among others.

For his part, Sada said:"Qatar is well aware that global warming and the change in climate is one of the most serious challenges facing our planet. It's by no chance that the fourth pillar of the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 deals with environmental development and stresses the need to focus on the impact of environmental change locally. "Several national committees are currently working on putting in place feasible programmes that assess possible damages of environmental challenges as well as come up with creative solutions for them, in a way that integrates with the rest of QNV 2030's pillars", he added.

Meanwhile, HE Yvette Eechoud talked about a number of 'green' and sustainable initiatives by Dutch entrepreneurs, including mobile phones with built-in e-waste programmes and solar chargers for mobile devices, as well as leasing organically manufactured jeans. TYC Chairman and Founder Mohamed Farid said that the #TalkDirty forum is the launch pad for a long line of events and youth initiatives that will discuss and tackle different issues related to environmental development and sustainability in the several following years, in line with the QNV 2030.

source: Qatar Tribune