NGOs Participate in Doha COP18 Exhibition

Doha, November 29 (QNA) – Civil organizations and non-governmental organizations concerned with climate change and the preservation of the environment and sustainable development hold an exhibition on the sidelines of the 18th UN Climate Change Conference (COP18).
 The exhibition includes 200 pavilions for countries and organizations from around the world in addition to exhibitors of UN, African Union, Arab League and European Union.
    Qatar Red Crescent Society is participating in the exhibition to showcase its efforts made to help the stricken countries, whether in Asia or Africa.
    The Qatari pavilion also sheds the light on Red Crescent’s role in training volunteers who want to engage in the general work.
     Dalia Omar, responsible for the pavilion, said that the Qatari Red Crescent’s participation in the exhibition came under the umbrella of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), noting that the Society, prior the beginning of the Conference, has ended a workshop on the dangers of climate change on the Arabian Gulf with the participation of 120 participants from governmental and non-governmental institutions and from GCC countries.
     She added that the Qatari Red Crescent will deliver a speech at the conference on Dec. 3, by the President of the Qatar Red Crescent Mohammed Al Maadheed on the Society’s role in the natural disasters and its regional and Arab contributions.
 From the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature also participates in exhibitions to showcase its new plans for protection against global and draw attention of International Community to the developing countries and the dangers that surround them.
 Gulf Research Center of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, interested in studying social science foundation in the Arabian Gulf region, is also participating in the exhibition.
 Among the active pavilions in the exhibition is the Chinese pavilion, where the exhibitors explain China’s efforts in the climate change phenomenon.
 Another participants in the exhibition are African Social Development Organizations from Angola, Namibia, Nigeria and Niger.
 Also among the participants in the exhibition is Brahma Kumaris organization from India. It is an environmental organization working in about 120 countries in the field of community development.
 Associations and organizations such as Oxfam, Stockholm Environment Institute and CARE Organization were keen to participate in the exhibition held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP18/CMP8 with pamphlets and brochures that support the conference’s plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.
 At the same time, the European Union, the World Bank and Amazon Research Institute in the United States were also keen to determine the nature of the relationship between the industrialized nations that pollute the environment and the risks of drought and desertification which hit many regions in the world.
 About 7000 members of civil society and non-governmental organizations from around the world are participating in the UN Climate Change Conference COP18/CMP8. (QNA)

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