AFED News in a Monthly E-Bulletin
• Workshop on Publishing Policies of Research Institutes in the Arab World, Beirut, 15 September
Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia Executive Editor Raghida Haddad represented AFED at a workshop organized by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), on publishing policies of Arab research institutes. Ms. Haddad participated in a session on AFED's publication strategies where she presented AFED's experience in publishing Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia magazine, AFED annual report, as well as promoting AFEDOnline website and AFEDMag website which includes Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia magazine's complete archive, in addition to the publication of AFED handbooks.
• UNEP/LAS Meeting on Environmental Indicators, Cairo, 12-16 October
Director of Energy and Climate Change Program Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil represented AFED at UNEP and the League of Arab States (LAS) joint meeting of the Arab team on indicators of environment and sustainable development and the Arab team on environmental information network held in Cairo. The meeting discussed the availability of environmental information in the Arab world and the challenges that incurs, in addition to the weakness of the information infrastructure in most Arab countries.
• Workshop on Sustainable Development, Doha, 15-16 October
Secretary General Najib Saab and Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil presented AFED's experience in implementing the basis of sustainable development at a workshop on consolidating the concept of sustainable development, held in Doha. The workshop was attended by 160 officials and representatives from the public and private sectors in GCC countries.
• Global Green Growth Forum, Stockholm, 20-21 October
Upon the invitation of the Danish Prime Minister Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, AFED Secretary General participated in the annual Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) which convened in Copenhagen in October. Also present was editor of AFED's Green Economy report Hussein Abaza. Food Security and Sustainable Consumption and Production were main topics of the meeting. Saab presented an advance overview of AFED's report on Food Security in the Arab Countries, and invited participants to AFED annual conference in Amman. Abaza discussed with delegates issues concerning sustainable consumption and production, in view of forging partnerships for the report on the subject which AFED plans to produce in 2015.
• 26th Session of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environment, Jeddah, 9-10 November
Secretary General Najib Saab represented AFED at the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) in Jeddah, where he presented AFED work report to the ministerial session, which decided to include it as one of the Council's documents.
• AFED Board of Trustees Meeting, Amman, 25 November
AFED annual Board of Trustees meeting was held in Amman on the eve of the conference, under the chairmanship of Dr. Adnan Badran. It was decided that the Executive Committee meeting will be held in Bahrain around mid-February, mainly to discuss nominations for the BOT and fundraising strategies. All BOT members who can make it will be invited.
• AFED Annual Conference, Amman, 26-27 November
AFED's 2014 annual conference was remarkable in numbers and diversity of delegates, as well as quality of discussions. The feedback we received so far was overwhelming: media coverage was unprecedented, as in one week we collected over 500 clippings, 62 of which on front-pages; online, the report and conference were featured over 1000 times in just one week; regional TV networks have carried various reports, including broadcasting AFED documentary "Feeding 400 million mouths." In the coming days, AFED staff will be working to post the presentations and statements online, as well as photo albums of the conference. We are still receiving comments on the draft recommendations, which will be released around 9 December in final form.
• ACWA Power and AFED launch Water Efficiency Handbook, Amman, 27 November
A comprehensive handbook, with practical instructions to save water in the Arab countries, supported by ACWA Power, was released during AFED conference, in English and Arabic editions. The handbook identifies opportunities to increase water use efficiency in industry, agriculture, buildings and agriculture in the Arab countries. It provides practical instructions on data compilation, monitoring and measurement flows, water cost accounting, assessment for water recycling and reuse. Ultimately, it aims at helping to adopt sustainable water management practices. ACWA Power will use it across its regional network.