Muscat, The Petroleum Development Oman

(PDO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United

Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today to enhance

cooperation in the environmental areas of sustainable development.

This step comes in line with PDO’s continued focus on environmental

issues and protection.

The MoU was signed by UNEP Director and Regional

Representative Sami Dimassi and PDO Managing Director Raoul


The two parties will explore collaboration opportunities in a broad

range of areas of common concern and interest. These include clean

energy, climate change, capacity development for Omani nationals on

environment management, biodiversity and ecosystems conservation,

social and environmental corporate responsibility, as well as the UN

Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2015, PDO became the first national oil company in the Gulf to

sign up to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) � the largest

voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world � thereby

committing itself to supporting the UNGC’s 10 universal principles on

the environment, human rights, labour and anti-corruption. The

Company is also a member of the Regional Clean Sea Organisation

and has endorsed the World Bank Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 target

which it has committed to meet well before the deadline year.

Source: Oman News Agency