Cairo, – The 18th session of the Joint Committee for Environment and Development in the Arab World at the level of senior officials, started Sunday at the Arab League Headquarter under the chairmanship of Salem Hussein Al Safran, Environmental Protection Specialist at the Qatari Ministry of Environment.

In addition to preparing the draft agenda of the 28th session the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environment affairs, which is scheduled for Thursday, the three-day meeting will discuss a number of issues related to environment and development.

The meeting will also discuss the issue of climate change in light of the latest conference held last November in Morocco, putting Paris Convention on Climate Change into effect and the preparations for the Arab Strategy to reduce risks and disasters.

It will also discuss the follow-up to international conventions and meetings on the environment issues, including desertification and biodiversity, tackling the issues of climate change and the Arab action in the climate change negotiations, and the environmental situation in Palestine, the occupied Syrian Golan, Sudan, Somalia, Comoros, Djibouti, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen.

Source: Qatar News Agency