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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




8:00-9:00            Registration
9:00-10:00           Opening
- Welcome: H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, Chairman, AFED Board of Trustees
- AFED report: Najib Saab, Secretary General
- Official statements of ministers of education and environment:
H.E. Akram Chehayeb, Minister of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon; H.E. Qusay Al-Suhail, Minister of Higher Education, Iraq; H.E. Fadi Jreissati, Minister of Environment, Lebanon
- Patron’s Statement: Prime Minister of Lebanon

10:00-10:30        Coffee Break

10:30-1 1 :30        SESSION 1
Education for Sustainable Development
Chair/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);Dr. Hamed Alhamami, Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Education; Mr. Sami Dimassi, Director and Regional Representative, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); HH Mashael Saud AlShalan, Founding Partner, AEON Strategy, Riyadh; Dr. Ahmed Al Qabany, Manager, Climate Change Division, IsDB

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

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Riyad Hamzah, President, University of Bahrain (AFED report co-author)
Dr. Rabih Mohtar, Dean, FAFS, AUB; Dr. Malak Al-Noury, Provost, Effat University, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Djihan Hassan, Adjunct Professor, The American University in Cairo (AFED report co-author); Dr. Mohamed Ftouhi, Professor, Mohamed V University, Morocco

12:30-13:00        Special Presentations*
- The Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD)
Moderator: Mr. Julien Le Tellier (UN Environment Programme/ Mediterranean Action Plan - MAP)
Panelists: Mr. Giuseppe Provenzano Union for the Mediterranean (UfM); Dr. Emad Adly (RAED) and Dr. Michael Scoullos (MIO-ECSDE)

13:00-14:30        Lunch Break and Networking

14:30-15:30         SESSION 3
Introduction to Environment and Sustainability: Proposed Syllabus
Chair/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. Abdel Messeh Saman, Vice Dean Institute of Environmental Studies, Ain Shams University; Dr. Mahdi Jafar, Former Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

15:30-16:30         Discussion with the delegates: mainly on the draft syllabus

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
Chair/Moderator: Dr. Nada Oweijane, President, Center for Educational Research and Development, Lebanon
Dr. Reham Abdelaal, Professor, Ain Shams University, Egypt (AFED report co-author); Mayyada Abu Jaber, CEO, World of Words, Jordan Abdelilah Tazi, President, Talassemtane Association for Environment & Development, Morocco;; Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, Director General, AFDC, Lebanon. (TBC: Tunisia, Iraq …)

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. Sayyed Al-Kholi, Deputy Executive Director, CEDARE and Professor of Economics at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Jinan Bahzad, Secretary General, Kuwait Environmental Protection Society (KEPS); Mervat Bataresh, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature- RSCN, Jordan; Hounada Sadat, Chair of the Board, Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW); Omar Baraman, Author of School Environment Clubs Manual, Algeria.

12:00-12:30         Discussion

12:30-13:00         Special presentations*
- Graduate programs on Environment and Water at Arabian Gulf University (AGU)
Dr. Mohammad Abido, Chairman, Natural Resources & Environment Department; Dr. Alaa El-Sadek, Professor, Water Resources Management.

13:00-14:30         Lunch Break and Networking

14:30-15:30         SESSION 6
We are the Future (panel with student representatives from Arab universities)
Chair/Moderator: Dr. Waleed Zubari, Professor and Coordinator, Water Resources Management Program, AGU, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain
Panelists: Representatives of university students from across the Arab countries

15:30-16:30         General Discussion and Recommendations

*Sessions reserved for Special Presentations will be dedicated to initiatives in the domain of education on environment and sustainability, run by partner organizations. Applications are open.





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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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