On May 22nd, 2017, the second meeting of the steering committee of the SwitchMed Demo project was held back-to-back with the consultation session with the government officials. Follow up on the performance of the project throughout the past six months took place. Future activities and implementation plan were verified and agreed upon. This included the National Initiative for the Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption, scheduled to be launched in June, 2017.
As the governmental sector is a key player in policy-making and regulating consumption patterns, another consultation session was jointly organized by CEDARE and the Ministry of Environment, on May 22nd, 2017, in a series of consecutive sessions as part of the agenda of SwitchMed Demo Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption Project, in partnership with the UN Environment. The consultation session was attended by several governmental authorities including the Chamber of Chemical Industries at the Federation of Egyptian Industries, the Directorate of Environmental Safety at the Ministry of Higher Education, the Directorate of Environmental Monitoring at the Ministry of Health & Population, and Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation.
Throughout the period from 15 to 17 May, 2017, the second training workshop on “E-Waste Recycling Technologies” took place in Cairo. The training was mutually organized by the Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries project (SRI) and the GEF/UNDP Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project sharing the same objectives and visions, and was a continuation of the first training organized one month earlier.
Throughout 8-12 May 2017, CEDARE participated in the Arab High-Level Forum on World Summit for Information Society and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development held by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and its partners. The forum focused on internet governance and its linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals. Among the participants were the Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications, Minister of Administrative Reform, and Minister of Economy and Trade, and hosted 62 speakers including representation of CEDARE.
The Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project, implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT) & the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE) collaborated with the UNDP/GEF Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project, implemented in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Environment in organizing the training workshop on “E-Waste Sustainable Management”. The training took place during the period from April 10-12, 2017 at the Semiramis Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.
As mandated by the SRI Project, E-Khorda; the entrepreneurship support and incubation programme was recently launched to provide technical assistance to start-ups in the e-waste recycling field and to help build operational e-waste companies by end of 2017. E-Khorda’s implementing partners are CEDARE, Chemonics Egypt Consultants, Cleantech Arabia, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Innoventures, and Sofies Consulting. The incubation programme, which was preceded by 3 separate info sessions targeting interested applicants, consists of a two-month detailed capacity building and training including a condensed 10-day training which started on March 10, 2017.
As part of the EU-funded SwitchMed Civil Society Empowerment Programme, a free-of-charge four-day training workshop is co-organized by CEDARE in partnership with the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP/RAC) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).