Tuesday, April 03, 2012

SEC signs MOU with Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan

SINGAPORE : The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan on Tuesday.

This is the first time the SEC has inked an agreement with an overseas government-linked environmental organisation.

Both green groups will share best practices on issues pertaining to conservation, effective use of natural resources and the provision of ecological safety at the national, regional and international levels.



The signing ceremony in Tashkent was witnessed by Singapore's Minister of State for Home and Foreign Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore's Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Zulkifli Baharudin, and Uzbekistan's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Usmanov Arifbekovich.

Commenting on the collaboration, deputy chairman of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, Sayedrasul Sanginov, said: "We view this partnership as a vital building block towards developing a solution to Uzbekistan's pressing environmental challenges - a solution we hope will eventually result in positive action and change.

"Over the years, SEC has given strength and bearing to the environmental movement in Singapore by reaching out to the public through its educational, community and industrial arms. We look forward to embarking on this momentous journey together."

Under the agreement, both groups will work on developing a unified vision of ecological safety in the international arena, share information and research on issues such as improving air and water quality, as well as implement joint projects in a bid to mitigate the negative impact of human activities on the environment.

SEC's executive director, Jose Raymond, who represented the Council at the signing ceremony, said: "This partnership is a key development in facilitating the Council's expanding role in driving sustainable business practices.

"By bringing together expertise on best environmental and business practices, this strategic partnership between SEC and the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan will aid us in our pursuit of environmental excellence as the largest environmental non-government organisation in Singapore, thereby enhancing Singapore's position as a 'green dot' in the business world."

The SEC will share best practices and programmes which have been successfully implemented in Singapore.

These include the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme and the Schools' Green Audit Awards.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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