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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
Arab Environment 9
TOWARDS 2030
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
IN A CHANGING CLIMATE



10 -11 November 2016
American University of Beirut - Lebanon

Agenda  
Conference Agenda

 

DAY 1 - Thursday 10 November 2016

08:00-09:00 REGISTRATION

 

09:00-10:00 OPENING CEREMONY

- Curtain-Raiser: Sustainable FutureArab youth voice their views in a documentary

- AUB Welcome: Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President, AUB

- AFED Welcome: H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, Chairman, AFED Board of Trustees

- AFED 2016 Report: Najib Saab, Secretary General, AFED

 

 

10:00-11:00

SESSION I: ACHIEVING SDGS IN ARAB COUNTRIES - CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS
Presentation of main findings of AFED report.

Moderator: Dr. Abdul-Karim Sadik, AFED Report Co-Editor, Senior Economist, KFAED

Presentation: Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, AFED Report Co-Author, Adjunct Professor, AGU

Commentator: Dr. Mohamed El-Ashry, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation, Former CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

 

Followed by high-level discussion with ministers

 

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break, Networking

 

11:30-13:00

SESSION II: FINANCING THE SDGS

Moderator: Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

- Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank

- Suleiman Al-Herbish, Director General, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) (TBC)

- Dr. Steven Stone, Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP, Geneva

- Hussein Abaza, Adviser to the Minister of Environment, Egypt, AFED Report Co-Author

 

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break, Networking

 

14:00-15:00

SESSION III: ACHIEVING ZERO HUNGER IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

Moderator:  Dr. Mahmoud El-Solh, Director General, ICARDA

- Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for NENA, FAO

- Carlo Scaramella, Regional Director, World Food Program (WFP)

- Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

- Margarita Astralaga, Director, Environment & Climate Division, IFAD


 

15:00-15:30: Zero Food Waste for the Mediterranean- Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General, CIHEAM

Thematic Presentation with CIHEAM experts

Discussants: Dr. Mouin Hamza, Secretary General, National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR), Lebanon

- General Discussion

 

15:30-16:30 Thematic Debate: Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach for SDGs

Moderator: Reem Nejdawi, Chief of the Food and Environment Policies Section, ESCWA

- Dr. Clemens Breisinger, Country Program Leader Egypt, IFPRI
- Dr. Holger Hoff, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute & Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

- Dr. Waleed Zubari, Director, Water Program, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain

- Dr. Hammou Laamrani, Water Adviser MENA, GIZ, Expert, League of Arab States, Cairo

 

DAY 2 - Friday 11 November 2016

9:00-10:30

SESSION IV: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN POST CONFLICT COUNTRIES

Moderator: Abdullah Al Dardari, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCWA

- H.E. Tarik Mitri, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB, Former Foreign Minister, Lebanon, Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Libya

- H.E. Abdelrahman Fadel El-Eryani, Former Minister of Environment & Water and Adviser to the President, Yemen

- Taoufik Rajhi, Adviser to the Prime Minister, Tunisia

- Hassan Partow, Program Manager, UNEP Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, Geneva

 

Thematic Presentation:  Dr. Tareq Emtairah, Senior Fellow, IIIEE Lund University, Sweden and Project Director, Post-Conflict Scenarios for Sustainable and Resilient Rebuilding.

 

10:30-11:30

SESSION V: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Moderator: Dr. Adnan Badran, President of the Board of Trustees, University of Jordan

- Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President, AUB
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Dr. Abdul Nabi Al-Ghadban, Principal Research Scientist, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS)

- Dr. Riyad Hamza, President, Bahrain University

- Dr. Ghaith Fariz, Director, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States, Cairo

 

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break, Networking

 

12:00-13:00

SESSION VI: HEALTH FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Moderator: Dr. Iman Nuwayhid, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB

- Dr. Amirhossein Takian, Chair, Department of Global Health & Public Policy, Associate Dean, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

- Dr. Rima Habib, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB

- Dr. Basel Al-Yousfi, Director, WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA)

- Dr. Farah Naja, Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, AUB

 

13:00-13:30

OPEN DISCUSSION

 

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break, Networking

 

14:30-15:30

SESSION VII: POLICIES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

High level debate on how to achieve Sustainable Development Goals through appropriate policies

 

Future Environment Leaders Forum (FELF) Statement

 

15:30-16:00

CLOSING AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 


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  Corporate and industry leaders
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  Collect and disseminate first hand sectoral and cross-sectoral data on SDGs
  Identify barriers to sustainable development in Arab countries
  Recommend actions and policy measures required to bridge the current gaps between SDGs and current government policies
  Raise public awareness and trigger informed policy debate about the importance SDGs as a strategic step towards shifting to green economy
 
 
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