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March 11, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Delegations from forty countries began to arrive in the Sudanese capital to participate in the First Conference on Environment which will kick off in Khartoum on Saturday.

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The conference, which is organized by the Higher Council of Environment, Urban and Rural Promotion (HCEURP) in Khartoum state from 12 to 15 March, will discuss environmental problems facing the state.

The higher committee tasked with the preparation for the conference headed by director the HCEURP Omer Nimir said the entire subcommittee are ready for the start of the conference on Saturday.

The head of the information committee Musab Dirair told the official news agency SUNA that delegations would begin to arrive on Friday, saying the opening session will be attended by the First Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih.

The conference will tackle issues of desertification, water and irrigation shelter-belts and the renewable energy.

It aims to attract funds from the various organizations and countries to support the environmental projects in the state of Khartoum.

PARTICIPATION OF SWEDEN

Meanwhile, the Swedish ambassador to Khartoum Mette Sunnergren expressed her country’s desire to participate in the conference.

On Thursday, Sunnergren discussed with Sudan’s minister of environment, natural resources and urban development Hassan Abdel-Gadir Hilal, ways for supporting the waste management project across the Sudanese states.

Hilal pointed the meeting also discussed the policy recommendations of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference besides the financial support that could be rendered to Sudan from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

He disclosed that 40 nations would reflect on their experiences in growing green belts, pointing that such projects are funded by international organizations.

(ST)

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