MENACW 2023 Highlights Future Minerals Forum’s Crucial Role in Shaping Sustainable Mineral Value Chains for the Clean Energy Transition

Future Minerals Forum at MENA Climate Week RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) 2023, hosted in Riyadh, underscored the pivotal role of the Future Minerals Forum (FMF) in shaping the future of minerals. The panel moderated by Aldo Pennini, Director of Strategy, Program, […]

Future Minerals Forum at MENA Climate Week

The Future Minerals Forum panel discussion at the MENA Climate Week

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) 2023, hosted in Riyadh, underscored the pivotal role of the Future Minerals Forum (FMF) in shaping the future of minerals.

The panel moderated by Aldo Pennini, Director of Strategy, Program, and Content for FMF, featured distinguished panelists, including Abdulrahman Al Belushi, Assistant Deputy Minister for Mining Enablement at the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources; Eng. Saud Al Mandil, Vice President of Technology, R&D, and Innovation at Ma’aden; Dr. Thamer Aldaajani, General Manager of Mining and Hydrocarbon Research at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology; Ali Al-Mutairi, Executive Director at FMF; Dr. Abdullah Al-Nabhan, Senior Director of the Survey and Exploration at the Saudi Geological Survey; and Professor Jim Skie, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“Minerals represent a crucial pillar in powering numerous industries and projects,” said Abdulrahman Al Belushi. He stressed the need for sustainable operations that minimize environmental impact and ensure community benefits.

Saud Al Mandil emphasized Maaden’s commitment to sustainability in the mining sector. The company is dedicated to minimizing environmental impact and responsibly managing natural resources, aligning with the Kingdom’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Thamer Aldaajani stressed the pivotal role of research in comprehending the economic and environmental impact of mineral resources and enhancing their value chains. He acknowledged the challenges faced by the mining sector in balancing the extraction of required minerals with environmental preservation.

Ali Al-Mutairi outlined FMF’s mission, stating, “FMF aims to shape the future of minerals in the context of the energy transition through multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. The Forum serves as an international platform, fostering opportunities for entities involved in the mining sector to explore potential opportunities across the mineral super region, which stretches from Africa through West and Central Asia.”

Abdullah Al-Nabhan elaborated on the geological characteristics of the Arabian Shield, highlighting its abundant mineral resources essential for the green energy transition. Meanwhile, Professor Jim Skea announced, that for the first time, the IPCC will incorporate the role of minerals in the energy transition as part of its next multi-year report.

The third edition of FMF, under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will be held from January 9-11, 2024, at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh.

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Gap Inc., Cargill, and GSK Join the Water Resilience Coalition and WaterAid to Improve Access to Water in India as Part of the Coalition’s 2030 100-Basin Plan

New York, New York, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative convening global companies to address the global water crisis, today announced the launch of the Women + Water Collaborative, a flagship corporate collective action program to improve access to clean water and sanitation in India. Gap […]

New York, New York, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative convening global companies to address the global water crisis, today announced the launch of the Women + Water Collaborative, a flagship corporate collective action program to improve access to clean water and sanitation in India.

Gap Inc., Cargill, and GSK, in partnership with WaterAid and the Water Resilience Coalition, are launching the initiative to improve health, livelihoods, and climate resilience in water-stressed communities in India, beginning with the Krishna and Godavari basins. The WRC is an initiative of the CEO Water Mandate, a partnership between the UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute.

This marks the first time that companies from different sectors spanning apparel, biopharma, and agriculture have united with shared goals, metrics, and governance to provide access to clean water and sanitation in the same communities. The Collaborative builds on the success of the previous USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance, which empowered over 2.4 million people to improve their access to water and sanitation in India between 2017 and 2023. This is one of 21 collective action projects in 15 basins underway across Asia, Africa, South America, and North America as part of the Water Resilience Coalition’s 2030 ambition to build water resilience across 100 Priority Basins.

The Women + Water Collaborative will improve the availability and quality of water in priority river basins through water replenishment and conservation using methods such as rainwater harvesting. It will provide communities with safe drinking water and climate-resilient sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and services. Although women in rural India play a crucial role in water collection and use, their participation in decision-making around water resources remains low. This program will leverage women’s leadership to build water resilience, improve water security, and enable equitable access to water and sanitation for communities at scale.

“As part of the Forward Faster Water Resilience Target and as members of the Water Resilience Coalition, the companies involved in this initiative have joined an alliance that thrives on collaboration and collective action. This cooperation will play a key role in achieving the WRC’s ambitious goals outlined in its 2030 strategy,” said Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and Co-Chair of the Water Resilience Coalition.

“The Women + Water Collaborative builds on Gap Inc.’s history of designing innovative programs with nonprofits and the public sector, and then convening corporate partners to drive sustainability at scale,” said Dan Fibiger, Head of Global Sustainability for Gap Inc. “By joining across food, fashion and biopharma, we can drive meaningful impact in communities that fuel our global supply chains.”

“Water is essential for human health, as well as for the ongoing production of our medicines and vaccines,” said Claire Lund, VP Sustainability at GSK. “Yet climate change and nature loss are impacting water and health in locally specific ways – with some countries being more vulnerable. That’s why we are focused on water as part of our commitment to contributing to a nature positive world. We are proud to be a founding partner of the Women + Water Collaborative to improve water quality, quantity, and access in India, in turn helping to support local community health.”

This flagship collective action program demonstrates tangible progress toward the Water Resilience Coalition’s ambition to contribute to water security for 3 billion people and enable equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for more than 300 million people by 2030.

“We know that reliable access to clean water and sanitation is essential for people and agriculture. At Cargill, we are focused on improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation, with the goal of reaching 500,000 people in priority communities by 2030,” said Michelle Grogg, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Cargill. “Partnership and collective action are a critical pathway to help us deliver on this ambition and we’re pleased to be a participating company in the Women + Water Collaborative.”

WaterAid will launch the program in five Indian states and six priority districts. The NGO is keen to bring on additional corporate partners to expand the reach.

“Our impact is limited only by the number of corporate partners we are able to bring on,” says Kelly Parsons, CEO of WaterAid America. “We know that solving the water crisis is a business imperative. We also know that none of the sustainable development goals will be achieved without global collaboration and partnership. By coordinating large, multi-stakeholder partnerships, we create holistic impact, at scale. That’s the power of collective action.”

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About the Water Resilience Coalition

The Water Resilience Coalition is an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative of the CEO Water Mandate that aims to elevate the long-term mounting crisis of global water stress to the top of the corporate agenda and to preserve the world’s freshwater resources through collective action in water-stressed basins and ambitious, quantifiable commitments. Since the Coalition’s launch in 2020, 35 global companies across multiple sectors with a combined market cap of US$4.8 trillion and operations in more than 140 countries have joined the effort. For more information, visit ceowatermandate.org/resilience.

About the Pacific Institute

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. From working with Fortune 500 companies to frontline communities, our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. Since 2009, the Pacific Institute has also acted as co-secretariat for the CEO Water Mandate, a global commitment platform that mobilizes a critical mass of business leaders to address global water challenges through corporate water stewardship. For more information, visit pacinst.org.

About the UN Global Compact

As a special initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Global Compact is a call to companies worldwide to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 18,000 companies and 3,800 non-business signatories based in over 101 countries, and 62 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative—one Global Compact uniting business for a better world. 

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Pacific Green appoints Dane Wilkins as Managing Director of Pacific Green Energy Parks Europe

Dover, DE, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.  (“Pacific Green”), (OTCQB: PGTK) today announced the appointment of Dane Wilkins as Managing Director of its Pacific Green Energy Parks Europe division, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Green. Dane will take up the post in November 2023 and joins from leading advisory […]

Dover, DE, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.  (“Pacific Green”), (OTCQB: PGTK) today announced the appointment of Dane Wilkins as Managing Director of its Pacific Green Energy Parks Europe division, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Green.

Dane will take up the post in November 2023 and joins from leading advisory firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), where he was European Head of Energy and Infrastructure Advisory.

At JLL Dane built a European wide team focussed on strategic and financial advisory within the renewable sector across the UK, Italy, Romania, and Poland that has been ranked one of the leading financial advisers in Europe and among the top 15 globally, by number of deals, according to data provider InfraDeals.

The team has been acclaimed for leading some of the first transactions in the battery storage and flexible generation sector, acting for buyers and sellers on battery, solar pv, onshore and offshore wind and advising clients on energy strategies.

Scott Poulter, Pacific Green’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have Dane join Pacific Green as we rapidly roll out our energy parks business throughout Europe and around the world to enable and facilitate the energy transition. Building on the success of the commissioning of 100MW Richborough Energy Park and development of 375MWh Sheaf Energy Park in the UK we are building a platform globally.”

Wilkins added: “I have been impressed with the unique offering Pacific Green brings to the battery energy storage sector and am delighted for the opportunity to contribute to the next phase of the company’s growth. It’s a privilege to join the Pacific Green team at this exciting time.”

About Pacific Green

Pacific Green is focused on addressing the world’s need for cleaner and more sustainable energy. It offers grid-scale battery energy storage systems, renewable and environmental technologies.

For more information, visit Pacific Green’s website:
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Morocco’s Efforts, Under HM the King’s Leadership, to Preserve Al-Quds Identity, Highlighted in Dakar

Dakar – Minister of Culture, Youth and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, highlighted, Tuesday in Dakar, Morocco’s efforts, under the wise leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, to promote dialogue between civilizations and cultures and preserve the cu…

Dakar – Minister of Culture, Youth and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, highlighted, Tuesday in Dakar, Morocco’s efforts, under the wise leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, to promote dialogue between civilizations and cultures and preserve the cultural identity of the Holy City of Al-Quds.

In a speech read on his behalf by Samira El Malizi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication (department of Culture), during the 12th session of the Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Bensaid said that Morocco has always provided support to Al-Quds inhabitants by taking into consideration their social conditions and preserving their religious and cultural heritage.

In this regard, he recalled that Bayt Mal Al Quds Acharif Agency endeavors to preserve the identity of the Holy City and its religious, cultural and civilizational character, as well as to help the inhabitants of Al-Quds.

The minister noted that Morocco, under the leadership of HM the King, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, spares no effort to support all initiatives aimed at promoting constructive engagement in OIC programs and plans.

Bensaid also underlined that the Kingdom supports all efforts aimed at making the world a space of peaceful coexistence and solidarity, noting that “the Kingdom redoubles its efforts when it’s about the Islamic world.”

Chaired by Senegalese president Macky Sall, the opening ceremony of this two-day meeting took place in the presence of OIC Assistant Secretary-General, Tarig Ali Bakheet, members of the Senegalese government, representatives of OIC Member States and international organizations and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Dakar.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

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Riyadh, Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz discussed with his Italian counterpart Guido Crosetto the current military escalation in Gaza and the efforts exerted in this regard.The Saudi Defense Minister stressed the need …

Riyadh, Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz discussed with his Italian counterpart Guido Crosetto the current military escalation in Gaza and the efforts exerted in this regard.

The Saudi Defense Minister stressed the need for de-escalation in Gaza, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

During the meeting held in Riyadh, the two sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues and developments of common interest, as well as the Saudi-Italian relations and promising opportunities for strengthening and developing them in the fields of defense and military industries, SPA added.

In another meeting, Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed with the Secretary of the State Security Council and Minister of Defense of Turkmenistan, Begenc Gundogdyyew, the current military escalation in Gaza and the efforts exerted in this regard, in addition to several regional and international issues and developments of common interest.

The meeting also discussed bilateral relations and ways to support and enhance future cooperation between the Ministries of Defense of the two countries.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Rabat – Here follows a statement by the Royal Office:

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, chaired, on Tuesday at the Royal Palace of Rabat, a working session on the housing and urban planning sector.During the meeting, Minister of National Territory Planning, Urbanism, Housing and City Poli…

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, chaired, on Tuesday at the Royal Palace of Rabat, a working session on the housing and urban planning sector.

During the meeting, Minister of National Territory Planning, Urbanism, Housing and City Policy, Ms. Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, presented the broad outlines of a new housing assistance program, which is in line with the Sovereign’s willingness to promote citizens’ ability to access decent housing.

Thanks to the High Royal Solicitude, the housing sector, particularly the social one, has seen a favorable evolution and a steady progress. State-assisted programs over the past two decades have enabled millions of Moroccans to have access to decent housing.

This new program, which will spread over 2024-2028, aims to renew the approach to home ownership assistance and help households’ purchasing power, through direct financial aid to the purchaser. Moroccans residing in Morocco or abroad, who are not property owners in Morocco and who have never benefited from housing assistance, are eligible.

The amount of assistance depends on the value of the property purchased. For example, the amount of assistance is set at 100,000 Dirhams for the acquisition of a home with a sale price of up to 300,000 Dirhams (including tax), and 70,000 Dirhams for the acquisition of a home costing between 300,000 Dirhams and 700,000 Dirhams (including tax).

In social terms, the new housing assistance program presented to His Majesty the King will facilitate access to housing for low-income social classes and the middle class, reduce the housing deficit and speed up completion of the “Slum-Free Cities” program.

On the economic front, this program will help to increase the supply of housing, revitalize the housing sector and boost the private sector, particularly SMEs, and job creation.

In addition, the housing units covered by the new aid program will be built in full compliance with current development plans and in accordance with technical and quality standards.

Similarly, in order to implement the housing assistance program and support the renewal of urban and regional planning, 12 regional urban planning and housing agencies will be set up, taking into account the specific features of both urban and rural areas.

The working session was attended by the Head of Government, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, Advisor to HM the King, Mr. Fouad Ali El Himma, the Interior Minister, Mr. Abdelouafi Laftit, the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Ms. Nadia Fettah, Minister of National Territory Planning, Urbanism, Housing and City Policy, Ms. Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Al Omrane Development Holding, Mr Housni El Ghazaoui.”

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse