Sustainability in society promotes country’s economic growth: EPA

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: The Environment Public Authority (EPA) stressed today, Sunday, the importance of applying sustainability in society, as it contributes to improving indicators of the country’s economic growth and attracting local and foreign investments towards new economic activities.

Sheikha Al-Ibrahim, Director of the Public Relations and Media Department of the Authority, said in a press statement that environmental sustainability is a goal and a necessary requirement, as the conference ‘Kuwait Sustainability’ will start on the 12th of this month under the slogan ‘Biodiversity to build a sustainable future’ under the auspices of the Environment Public Authority, the United Nations, the National Assembly and the General Secretariat for Planning, Kuwait University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. She added that the application of sustainability in society has many benefits, including improving indicators of the country’s economic growth and attracting local and foreign investments towards new economic activities such as renewable energy and recycling household and industrial waste or safe disposal of it.

She explained that sustainability means the continuation of the diversity of vital systems and the sustainability of their productivity so that the current and future generations can benefit from their resources, in addition to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the wealth and capabilities of future generations. Al-Ibrahim stated that Kuwait has made great strides in achieving environmental security, noting that the environmental law in the country is one of the best environmental laws in the world. Regarding the conference, she mentioned that it will bring together in four discussion sessions a number of stakeholders over two days, namely biological diversity, the two authorities’ project, biological diversity between reality and hope, biological diversity, a homeland plan, sustainability and the future of the next generations.

For her part, the observer of future forecasting and risk analysis at the General Secretariat for Planning, Fadda Al-Muaili, stressed in a similar statement the importance of conferences that discuss the future of the country and strategies for preserving it, indicating that the role of the General Secretariat is to participate in setting development plans and at the same time follow up on the achievements on the ground. Al-Muaili said that future generations require us to plan for a sustainable life on the planet useful that world leaders meet every year to discuss climate change and the need to invest in nature.

She explained that the Arab region is considered one of the most diverse regions in terms of biodiversity due to its geographical location, as countries’ experiences in biodiversity will be highlighted as it is the natural and renewable capital that contributes to supporting economic diversification plans and leads to maintaining the ability to adapt to environmental challenges such as climate change. For his part, Assistant Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the Public Authority for Applied Education, Ali Khuraibet, said in a similar statement that there are requirements to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals that are required to be achieved in 2030, and that there are several means that can be used, including the specifications of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and environmental management systems and management energy systems, occupational safety and health management, quality management systems, social responsibility and risk assessment.

Khuraibet added that these specifications require the application of all requirements, conditions, training, policy implementation, and law enforcement. In turn, the head of the Public Relations Association, Jamal Al-Nasrallah, said that the association organizes this conference because of its importance, which lies in discussing the issue of climate change and the collapse of the environment and how to maintain a sustainable environment. Al-Nasrallah explained that the role of public benefit associations is to cooperate with the government and the private sector to achieve sustainable development and spread the culture of preserving Kuwait, pointing out that this conference is the first cooperation between the Environment Public Authority and the association after signing the cooperation protocol between them. (KUNA)

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