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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
Financing Sustainable Development
in Arab Countries

8-9 November 2018
Le Bristol Hotel Beirut - Lebanon

Agenda  
Conference Agenda

  

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

FRAMEWORK


DAY 1, THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:00 Opening  

  • Welcome
  • AFED Work Report: Najib Saab, Secretary General, AFED
  • Keynote: Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank Group
  • Patron’s Statement

10:00-10:30 Networking Break

10:30-12:00 Session 1
AFED Report Presentation & High-Level Debate

  • Presentation of Report Findings (AFED & ESCWA)
  • Statements and Comments on Findings- Ministers and Heads of Organizations

12:00-13:00 Session 2
Challenges and Opportunities in Financing SDGs

  • Dr. Abdulkarim Sadik, Senior Economic Adviser, Kuwait Fund- KFAED (Moderator)
  • Tessa Terpstra, MENA Regional Envoy for Water & Energy Security, Netherlands
  • Dr. Rami Ahmad,  Special Envoy on SDGs and Senior Advisor to the President, Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
  • Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)- Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth
  • Speaker TBC, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

13:00-14:00 Lunch and Networking
 
14:00-14:30 Thematic Presentations and Discussion 1

14:30-15:30 Session 3
Role of Regional and International Development Funds and Banks in Financing Development

  • Dr. Ibrahim Abdelgelil, Adjunct Professor, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain (Moderator)
  • Eduardo Ganem, CEO, Multilateral Fund, Montreal Protocol on Ozone.
  • Dr. Abdallah Al Dardari, Senior Advisor on Reconstruction for the Middle East, (TBC) World Bank
  • Faris Hassan, Director of Research, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
  • Dr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director, Economics, Policy, and Governance Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

15:30-16:30 Session 4
Financing Sustainable Energy

  • Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House - The Royal Institute, London (Moderator)
  • Dr. Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Cairo
  • Dr. Osamah Alsayegh, Executive Director, Energy and Building Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
  • Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council, Dubai
  • Speaker TBC, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi

DAY 2, FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER

9:00-10:00 Session 5
Aligning the Financial Systems with SDGs

  • Hussein Abaza, Adviser to the Minister of Planning, Egypt, and Former Chief of Trade Division, UNEP, Geneva (Moderator)
  • Simon Zadek, International writer on corporate accountability and former Co-Director, UNEP Finance Enquiry
  • Dr. Fadi Osseiran, General Manager, BLOMINVEST Bank, Beirut
  • Dr. Mazen Soueid, Chief Economist, Bankmed, Beirut

10:00-11:00 Session 6
The Business Case for Financing Sustainable Development

  • H.E. Khaled Irani, CEO, e2e, Former Minister of Environment & Energy, Jordan (Moderator)
  • H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi, CEO, Nasser Saidi & Associates, Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council
  • Speaker TBC, Sustainable Development Committee, Bahrain Association of Banks
  • William Saab, Senior Consultant, New Foresight- Sustainable Business Consultants, The Netherlands

11:00-11:30 Networking Break

11:30-12:30 Session 7
Financing Development by Fighting Corruption

  • Dr. Nassif Hitti, Former Ambassador, Director, Higher Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences, USEK, KASLIK, Lebanon (Moderator)
  •  Patrick Moulette, Head of Anti-Corruption Division, Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development (OECD)
  • Moctar El-Hacene, Director, Economic Development & Integration, ESCWA
  • Dr. Ayman Fathi, Financial Advisor, State Audit Bureau, Kuwait
  • Speaker TBC, Civil Society Representative

12:30-13:00 Thematic Presentations and Discussion 2

13:00-14:00 Lunch and Networking

14:00-15:00 Session 8
Micro Financing of SDGs - Success Stories from the Arab Region
Organized by SwitchMed, Barcelona

15:00-16:00 Closing Session
Youth Message- AFED’s Future Environment Leaders Forum (FELF)
General Discussion
Recommendations and Closing

 

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Organizing Partners
ESCWA

FAO

UN

Switchmed

Platinum Sponsor
 
Gold Sponsor
Kuwait

OFID

Silver Sponsor
Cimenterie

Kuwait

Bank

aramex

 
 
 
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
 
  Corporate and industry leaders
  Government organizations with responsi bility for the environment, development, resource management, planning, economy and finance
  Environment experts
  Financial institutions
  Academic and research institutions
  NGOs dealing with environment and development
 
REPORT OBJECTIVES
 
  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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