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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
Environmental Education
in Arab Countries

14 -15 November 2019
Le Bristol Hotel Beirut - Lebanon

Conference Agenda

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8:00-9:00            Registration
9:00-10:00           Opening Statements
- Welcome: H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, Chairman, AFED Board of Trustees
- AFED report summary: Najib Saab, Secretary General
- Statements of ministers of education and environment


10:00-11:00        SESSION 1
Education for Sustainable Development
Moderator: Dr. Adnan Shihabeldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
Dr. Ahmed Gaber, Professor, Cairo University and CEO, Chemonics, Egypt (AFED report co-author); Ms. Rola Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development Policies Division, ESCWA; Dr. Ahmed Al Qabany, Manager, Climate Change Division, Islamic Development Bank, (IsDB); Dr. Fadi El Hage, Director, Eco-Citizenship and Sustainable Development Chair, Diane Foundation and Delegate of the Rector for Professional Development , Saint Joseph University (USJ), Beirut; Dr. Abdulkarim Sadik, Senior Adviser, Kuwait Fund- KFAED (AFED report co-editor)

11:00-11:30        Coffee Break

1 1 :30-1 2 :30        SESSION 2
Environmental Education in Arab Universities

Moderator: Dr. Adnan Badran, Chancellor, University of Petra and Chairman of Board, University of Jordan
Dr. Riyad Hamzah, President, University of Bahrain (AFED report co-author); Dr. Djihan Hassan, Adjunct Professor, The American University in Cairo (AFED report co-author); Dr. Ammar Olabi, Associate Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FAFS), AUB; Dr. Huda Mahmoud, Professor, Biological Sciences, Kuwait University.

12:30-13:00        Special Presentation
- The Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD)
Moderator: Mr. Giuseppe Provenzano Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
Panelists: Dr. Emad Adly (RAED) and Dr. Michael Scoullos (MIO-ECSDE)

13:00-14:30        Lunch Hosted by Crescent Petroleum – AFED Corporate Member

14:30-15:30         SESSION 3
Introduction to Environment and Sustainability: Proposed Syllabus
Moderator: Dr. Ibrahim Abdelgelil, Adjunct Professor, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain (AFED report co-author)
HE Dr. Mahmoud Duwairi, Professor, University of Jordan, former Minister of Agriculture; Dr. Rima Habib, Professor and Chairperson, Dept. of Environmental Health, FHS, AUB; Dr. Rafik Kattan, Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Lebanese University
Discussant: Dr. Abdulkarim Sadik, Senior Adviser, Kuwait Fund- KFAED and AFED report co-editor

15:30-16:30         Open discussion with the delegates

     FELF coordination meeting

Special Session- Environmental Documentaries
Selection of winning short movies from the 2019 International Environmental Film Festival.
In cooperation with ATED, Morocco

9:30-10:30           SESSION 4
Environmental Education in Arab Schools
Moderator: Dr. Nada Oweijane, President, Center for Educational Research and Development, Lebanon
Dr. Reham Abdelaal, Professor, Ain Shams University, Egypt and Charbel Mahfoud (AFED report co-authors); Mayyada Abu Jaber, CEO, World of Letters, Jordan; Abdelilah Tazi, Prof. and President, Talassemtane Association for Environment & Development, Morocco; Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, Director General, AFDC, Lebanon.

10:30-11:00         Coffee Break

11:00-12:00         SESSION 5
AFED Environmental Education Manual for Schools
Moderator and presenter: Raghida Haddad, Senior Advisor, AFED and editor of the manual
Presentation of AFED’s Manual for Environmental Education in Arab Schools, followed by discussion and country experiences
Dr. Layla Aboulhassan, Professor, University of Jordan and former member of Higher Council of Education;  Jinan Bahzad, Secretary General, Kuwait Environmental Protection Society (KEPS); Mervat Batarseh, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature- RSCN, Jordan; Hounada Sadat, Chair of the Board, Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW)


12:00-13:00         SESSION 6
We are the Future (panel with student representatives from Arab universities)
Moderators: Dr. Leila Dagher, Associate Professor of Economics, AUB and Dr. Farid Chaaban, Professor of Electrical Engineering, AUB
Panelists: Representatives of university students from across the Arab countries

13:00-13:30         General Discussion and Recommendations

13:30-14:30         Lunch Break and Networking

14:30-16:00         Group Discussion



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  University and School leaders
  Government organizations with responsibility for the environment, development, education, sustainability, resource management, planning
  Environment experts
  Policy and decision makers
  Academic and research institutions
  NGOs dealing with environment, education and development
  Collect and disseminate first hand sectoral and cross-sectoral data on financing sustainable development in the Arab countries
  Identify barriers to sustainable development in Arab countries
  Recommend actions and policy measures required to bridge the current gaps in the current government policies
  Raise public awareness and trigger informed policy debate about the importance of environment accounts as a strategic step towards shifting to green economy
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