WHAT NOW AFTER COP21?
The event included addresses by QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed, Ambassador of France to Qatar H.E. Eric Chevallier, assistant undersecretary for Environmental Affairs at Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment Ahmed Al Sada, and UNESCO Doha office director Anna Paolini. Also attending were Ambassador of Morocco to Qatar HE M El Mekki Gaouane, and QU faculty and students. Students from Lycee Voltaire also attended and actively participated in the Q&A sessions. In her remarks, Prof AlMaadeed highlighted the timeliness of this event to the world, noting that the State of Qatar is completely aware of the importance of environmental development, which is among the four pillars of its Vision 2030.
Qatar University (QU) recently held a seminar on 'Post COP21: Qatar and the Paris Agreement', in collaboration with the Embassy of France to Qatar and UNESCO.
Paolini thanked QU and the French embassy for initiating this important meeting. She said: "For sustainability, we need greener economies, greener legislation, greener policies. We also need greener societies. However, to succeed, fundamentally, we need green citizens. This calls for new ways of seeing the world, new ways of thinking, new ways of behaving, and new ways of acting. Education is essential to shape the new values, skills and knowledge we need for the century ahead. Education is the red thread tying Agenda 2030 and the decisions of the COP21 Conference together." Final remarks were delivered by Friends of the Environment Center chairman Dr Saif AlHajari, HE Chevallier, and HE Gaouane, as COP22 will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016.