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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
Arab Environment
in 10 Years


2 -3 November 2017
Le Bristol Hotel Beirut - Lebanon

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Conference Agenda

  

PROVISIONAL AGENDA
Draft 2, 21/6

 

 

DAY 1 – THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER

08:00-09:00 REGISTRATION

 

09:00-10:00 OPENING CEREMONY

- Curtain-Raiser: ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS: MAN BUILDS, MAN DESTROYS (documentary)

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

- AFED 2017 Report: Najib Saab, Secretary General, AFED

- Opening Keynote

- Official Patron Statement

 

 

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break, Networking

 

10:30-12:30

SESSION I: ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS


Part 1:
(10:30-11:30) Presentation of main findings of AFED report

Moderator: Najib Saab, Secretary General, AFED and Report Co-Editor

Panelists AFED Report Co-Authors:

- Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, Adjunct Professor, AGU (Governance and Policies)

- Dr. Mahmoud El-Solh, Former Director General, ICARDA (Food Security)

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

- Radia Sedaoui, Chief, Energy Section, ESCWA (Energy)

 

Part 2: (11:30-12:30) High-Level Discussion: Challenges and Prospects

Ministers, International and Regional Organizations

 

                       

12:30 – 13:00 General Discussion

 

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break, Networking

 

14:00-15:00

SESSION II: GREEN ECONOMY, GREEN FINANCE, AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Moderator: Hussein Abaza, Adviser to the Minister of Environment, Egypt, AFED Report Co-Author
(Introduction: Changes in 10 Years)

Panelists:

- Faris Hasan, Director, Strategic Planning & Economic Services, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

- Pierre Doumit, CEO, Cimenterie Nationale, Lebanon

- Raji Hattar, Chief Sustainability Officer at Aramex
- Monia Braham, Chief Green Investments Unit, Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, Tunisia

 

15:00-16:00

SESSION III: SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR ENVIRONMENT

Moderator: Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS)

Panelists:

- Dr. Ahmed Gaber, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Cairo University and Chairman, Chemonics Egypt Consulting (AFED report co-author)

- Dr. Riyad Hamzah, President, University of Bahrain

- Dr. Mouin Hamzé, Secretary General, National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon

- Dr. Laila Hamdan AbuHassan, Member of the Higher Council for Education, Professor of Physics, Amman, Jordan

 

- General Discussion

 

 

DAY 2 – FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER

9:00-10:00

SESSION IV: ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE & POLICIES

Moderator: Dr. Mohamed El-Ashry, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation, Deputy Chairman, AFED

Panelists:

- Fatima Al-Mallah, Former Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of Environment, Housing & SD Division, LAS, Head of Secretariat, Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE)

- Dr. Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor of Global Governance & Director, Center for Governance & Sustainability, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
- Dr. Nadim Farajallah, Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB

- Gehan Mohamed El Sakka,Under Secretary of International Relations and Cooperation, Ministry of Environment, Egypt

 

10:00-11:00

SESSION V: FOOD & WATER - 10 YEARS AHEAD

Moderator:  Dr. Abdulkarim Sadik, Senior Economist, Kuwait Fund for Arab Development

Panelists:

- Dr. Ibrahim Adam Ahmed Al-Dukhayri, Secretary general, Arab Organization for Agricultural Development, LAS

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

- Dr. Alaa El-Sadek, Professor, Water Resources Management Program, College of Graduate Studies, AGU, Bahrain

- Kitty van der Heijden, Director Europe and Africa, World Resources Institute

 

 

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break, Networking

 

 

11:30-12:30

SESSION VI: ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE IN 10 YEARS

Moderator: Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, Adjunct Professor, AGU

Panelists:

- Dr. Farid Chaaban, President, Al-Azm University, Tripoli, Lebanon, Former Chairman, Electrical Engineering Department, AUB (AFED report co-author)

- Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN 21

- Radia Sedaoui, Chief, Energy Section, ESCWA

 

12:30-13:30

SESSION VII: ARAB CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS

Moderator: Dr. Emad Adly, Coordinator, RAED

Panelists:

- Razan Zayter, President APN, Jordan (Group Coordinator)

- Morocco

- Lebanon
- Syria

- Kuwait

 

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break, Networking

 

14:30-15:30

SESSION VIII: WE ARE THE FUTURE!

Students from AFED’s Future Environment Leaders Forum (FELF) representing all Arab regions in a debate moderated by: Dr. Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor of Global Governance and Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 

15:30-16:00 CLOSING DEBATE AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 


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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 the Arab environment in the last decade
  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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