* Environment minister stresses importance of concerted efforts to protect environment amid unprecedented global challenges
Earthna Centre for a Sustainable Future (Earthna), centre along with its partners has launched seventh edition of Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW) 2022.
HE Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmad bin Ali al-Thani, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and Dr Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, executive director of Earthna, among others, were present at the event held at Msheireb Downtown.
Earthna, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), in partnership with strategic, commercial, community, media and gift partners has launched the campaign that will last until October 15. The week-long campaign aims to promote the nation’s sustainability vision, and will bring together government and private sector organizations, businesses and the local community to deliver over 300 sustainability-related activities, events and initiatives.
The campaign will focus on taking action to encourage efficient use of resources including water, energy, and food, as well as reduce waste and promote recycling.

Sheikh Dr Faleh delivered a speech during the event, stressing the importance of having concerted efforts to protect the environment in the midst of the unprecedented challenges facing the world, affirming Qatar's keenness to achieve sustainable development and conserve the environment.
He said: “To realise Qatar’s ambitions of achieving sustainable development, it is crucial that we work together as a society. Government, the private sector, non-profit organisations, education institutions and members of the community must collectively plan for and deliver continual action, focused on preserving Qatar’s environment and making the country a safe, healthy place to live and work for current and future generations. I am delighted to be here today to celebrate what this looks like in practice at the launch of Qatar Sustainability Week 2022, one of the largest community-focused initiatives of its kind in the region.”
He said Qatar Sustainability Week, which is considered one of the major societal initiatives of its kind in the region, is primarily highlighted through the practical obligation of Qatar to work collectively, especially since it brings together over 30 companies and enterprises in one place as partners, emphasising that over 200 companies and enterprises will converge over the week to demonstrate their dedication to supporting the sustainability efforts in Qatar. He pointed out that Qatar Sustainability Week this year will focus on the efficient utilisation of water, energy and food, reduction of waste, enhance recycling and the preplanned activities, initiatives and events within the framework of these themes which are manifestly and concretely connected to the goals the State is striving to achieve.
Opening the event, Dr de la Mata, explained the wider benefit that local action can have on people and the environment: “While the primary focus for Qatar Sustainability Week 2022 is on delivering practical, tangible actions, many of the planned activities are linked to broader sustainability ambitions, and contribute to cultivating healthy spaces in our individual lives and as communities, improving physical, social and mental wellbeing, and taking care of the environment.”
The conference was also attended by representatives from QSW 2022’s strategic partners, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Msheireb Properties, Qatar Museums, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Rail, Tarsheed/Kahramaa, Qatar National Bank, Education Above All, United Development Company, Seashore Recycling and Sustainability, Qatar Tourism, Alwakra Municipality, Microsoft, Expo 2023 and Ooredoo, who spoke on the involvement of their organisations during the campaign.
This year’s commercial partners include Carrefour Qatar, LuLu Hypermarkets in Qatar, Mega Mart, talabat and Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co, while community partners include DEAP, Bedaya, Classtap, HADIQAA, Enbat, GWC, Greener Future, Wahab, Engineers Australia, Qatar Natural History Group, Paper Cut and Saad bin Moath Primary School for Boys.
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