Environment and Development for Human Well-Being

cedaregif2017_3The Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) was established in1992 as an international inter-governmental Organization with diplomatic status.This was in response to the convention adopted by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible  For the Environment (CAMRE) , in 1991 and upon the initiative of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Arab fund for Economic and  Social Development (AFESD).

Third Meeting of the Expert Group for the GRAF will take place from 3-4 April 2019 in Geneva.

Dr. AbuZeid, Regional Water Resources Programme Manager CEDARE (Center for Environment & Development for Arab Region & Europe,  as a member of the Expert Group of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF). Has attended two Expert Group meetings at which the foundational documents and structure for the GRAF have been defined. The main aim was to build on the Concept Note, the Theory of Change, the Delivery Plan and the consolidation of the Working Groups to operationalize the GRAF. Dr. Abuzeid has participated in the Third Expert Group meeting that has focused on planning how stakeholders will be able to extract the risk information they need, resource mobilization and updates on Working Groups’ progress and the communications and outreach strategies, including the launch of the GRAF at the Global Platform 2019.

Regional Consultation on Climate Change for the 2019 Arab Forum on Sustainable Development and High-Level Political Forum (Beirut, 21-22 March 2019)

Within the framework of regional support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in cooperation with the League of Arab States, Prof. Khaled Abuzeid Regional Water Resources Programme Manager CEDARE (Center for Environment & Development for Arab Region & Europe was invited to the Regional Consultation on Climate Change for the 2019 Arab Forum on Sustainable Development and High-Level Political Forum at the United Nations House in Beirut from 21 to 22 March 2019. The objective of the regional consultation is to exchange and consolidate regional views on climate change related issues and priorities facing the Arab region in light of Sustainable Development Goal 13, which urges action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The Saudi Arabia Preparatory Workshop for hosting the G20 Meeting in 2020, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-28 February 2019

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture hosted “The Saudi Arabia Preparatory Workshop for Hosting the G20 Meetings in 2020 in the Fields of Environment, Water and Agriculture”.  The workshop was chaired by HE Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, and attended by HE Minister of State and member of the Council of Ministers, and the Secretary-General of the G20 Saudi Secretariat, Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak, and leaders and heads of international organizations concerned with the environment, water and agriculture sectors.

Prof. Khaled Abuzeid Regional Water Resources Programme Manager CEDARE (Center for Environment & Development for Arab Region & Europe has presented CEDARE’s  views regarding the most important topics at the international and regional levels in the field of environment, water and agriculture that could be discussed during the Kingdom’s G-20 meeting in 2020.

1st GWOPA Expert Group Meeting on Water Utilities in Water Scarce Cities WFES Water, 14-17 January 2019, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi

On the occasion of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) of UN-Habitat cordially,  Prof. Khaled Abuzeid Regional Water Resources Programme Manager CEDARE (Center for Environment & Development for Arab Region & Europe has participated in the 1st Expert Group Meeting on Water Utilities in Water Scarce Cities that we organize on 17 January 2019 with the support of Abu Dhabi Department of Energy. The main objective of this EGM is to formulate expert recommendations for urban water utilities in water scarce cities in arid regions, in line with SDGs and the New Urban Agenda led by UN-Habitat, to be presented at WUF10 in 2020 in Abu Dhabi. In addition, the meeting also served to identify knowledgeable mentor and mentee water utilities to engage in new Water Operators’ Partnerships themed around water scarcity, energy efficiency and resilience to climate change.

CEDARE Organized 1st International Conference on “Sustainability: Environmental Efficiency for Human Well-being”, Cairo, Egypt, 15 December 2018

CEDARE in cooperation with UN/Habitat organized session on Climate change Impact during the 1st  International Conference on “Sustainability: Environmental Efficiency for Human Well-being”, Cairo, Egypt, 15 December 2018.

Dr. Khaled  AbuZeid, Regional Water Resources Senior Director, was keynote speaker at the session.  Read more…

CEDARE Participated in the 1st Nexus Roundtable in the MENA and Wider Mediterranean, Beirut, November 26-28, 2018.

CEDARE participated in the 1st Nexus Roundtable in the MENA and Wider Mediterranean, in Beirut,November 26-28, 2018. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Director, talked about the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in the Arab Region. He explained how Food Security is linked to Water Security and Energy Security. Fossil Groundwater is exploited using fossil fuels, where 10 out of 22 Arab Countries have exceeded the renewable freshwater sustainability threshold, and 18 out of the 22 Arab countries are below the water scarcity limit of 1000 m3/person/year. He highlighted the importance of the new approach in selecting the appropriate type of water resource for the appropriate use at the appropriate geographic location within the country. Read more…