Muscat: The 39th world conference of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), hosted by Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Be’ah), kicked off at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat today.
The conference, which runs until 1 November 2023, aims at facilitating transition towards a more innovative future in using natural resources and safeguarding their sustainability.
The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Abdulsalam Mohammed Al Murshidi, Chairman of Oman Investment Authority (OIA).
The conference includes six dialogue sessions on protecting human health and ecological balance, diminishing the impact of climate change, leading the efficiency of resources, harnessing modern technologies and encouraging transition towards circular economy.
The conference included a visual presentation about the economic and social impacts of initiatives on recycling, cutting down the generation of waste and developing regulatory frameworks and policies related to safety, health, environment and climate change, with the overall objective of realizing the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Dr. Mansoor Talib Al Hinai, Chairman of the Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR), told Oman News Agency (ONA) that Oman hosts the 39th ISWA World Congress in pursuance of dialogue towards the realization of a scholarly programme.
He added that Oman’s hosting ISWA Congress as the first time in the Middle East region reflects the country’s interest in circular economy and keenness to achieve carbon neutrality and zero emissions by 2050.
As many as 1,000 participants representing government and private establishments from different countries of the world are taking part in the conference, said Al Hinai. He pointed out that the event focuses on exchanging views about means of addressing challenges posed to the management of resources.
The conference also offers an opportunity to benefit from the views of experts about circular economy and its significance to Oman Vision 2040, he explained.
The conference brings together leaders of prominent institutions operating in solid waste management, in addition to top government officials, policy makers, scientists, researchers, innovators and young entrepreneurs from various countries.
The conference, which takes the slogan “A global trend towards realizing a future of net zero emissions”, promotes the principles of circular economy and sustainable management of resources. – ONA
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