The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) held its Global Partnership Meeting (GPM) on 26-27 October 2011 at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. About 50 participants attended the meeting, including representatives of governments, fuel and vehicle industry associations, civil society and international organizations.
Partners agreed that, 10 years after the WSSD in Johannesburg, the work of the Partnership is still relevant and that a new Phase of the PCFV would start after the Rio+20 meeting, to take place in June 2012. Phase II of the PCFV would focus on promotion of low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicles. The Clearing House is looking into the possibilities to launch this at Rio+20.
CEDARE participated in the 2nd Meeting of (WG3) on Technical Infrastructure – Eye on Earth Summit held in Ispra, Italy during the period from 12-16 September 2011. The meeting was organized by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). CEDARE is the Co-chair of the Technical Infrastructure Working Group (WG3). This Working Group focused on the technical components of the environmental information federation frameworks, addressing information and communications technology interoperability, connectivity, data standards, data format and content standards, and other such issues.
ITU and the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy organized the first Green Standards Week from 5 to 9 September 2011 in Rome, Italy, hosted by Telecom Italia. The Green Standards Week brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
The main purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using ICT standards to build a green economy. CEDARE was represented by Dr. Hossam Allam as a speaker in the "Green Responsibility" Session, on How to turn an E-waste challenge into an opportunity.
The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), on the 25th of August 2011, at the MCIT premises, Cairo – Egypt. The purpose of the meeting was to review the study of the E-waste sector in Egypt, submitted by CEDARE. This study falls within the inception phase of the program and the framework of the National Egyptian Green ICT Strategy, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA).
Questionnaires were distributed to identify stakeholders to assess previous relevant activities, plans, future prospects, and willingness to participate in developing the industry.
CEDARE organized an “Expert Consultation Working Group Meeting” on 3 August, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. The aim of the meeting was to pave the way for a subsequent action-oriented programme for Egypt as a pilot for a regional programme, by discussing the motivating factors, on the national and regional levels, as well as the challenges and opportunities for the transformation to a greener economy, with an overview of the enabling conditions and the role to be played by the different stakeholders, through the development of ‘Outreach’ and ‘Training’ initiatives.
The proposed working group members is expected to include representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the European Commission (EC), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and CEDARE.
This study is part of the inception phase of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project that will be implemented starting from 2012 by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Sciences (EMPA) as mandated by the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) of Switzerland. This study is also an important contribution in the implementation of the multi stakeholder Green ICT Strategy of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is the inception report for SRI prepared by (CEDARE) as the local expert.
This project is a component of a regional project for optimized management of Waste in the Mediterranean (GODEM) that is implemented in the framework of the EU-funded programme CIUDAD. The objective is to develop Al-Fayhaa Solid Waste Complaints Management Information System (CMIS) for the Urban Community of Al-Fayhaa, Lebanon. CEDARE developed Al-Fayhaa CMIS, which provided different types and formats of outputs supporting decision-makers and technical staff to gather reliable and accurate information about citizens’ complaints and their status.