The 6th Islamic conference of envronment ministers held in Rabat, Morocco on 8 – 9 October 2015 (the largest convening of Muslim-world Environment Ministers), agreed a number of steps to tackle climate change and challenges facing sustainable development.
The conference was organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in conjunction with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) under the patronage of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The two day event ended with a joint declaration on environmental protection and sustainable development, which called for renewed political commitment from member states to actively pursue sustainable development goals, energy efficiency, and poverty eradication.
In particular, the declaration called on all 57 OIC member states to:
- Pursue ‘green economies’ – where renewables and energy efficiency creates a new green wave of employment and income for societies.
- Work together to build synergy on water sustainability, food security and energy efficiency.
- Adopt a set of standards for sustainable governance good practices adapted to the socio-economic and cultural context of the OIC Member States
- Raise awareness about the importance of eradicating poverty using education, training, and capacity building amongst nations to achieve this.
- Work with industry and embrace technological innovations, renewables and energy efficiency mechanisms to create a ‘new energry operating system’.
OIC secretary general Iyaad Ameen Madani, said:
“Climate change is a serious threat, especially to the developing world. It is only through collective action that we will overcome one of the pressing challenges of our generation.”