CEDARE’s Sustainable Growth Programme (SGP) addresses new and emerging concepts related to environment and development for human well-being, with a focus on issues related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, Green Economy, and Green ICT. The Programme collaborates on global, regional and national efforts, addressing: poverty alleviation, health, waste reduction (e-waste), green jobs, green ICT, pollution reduction, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable consumption and production, and energy security.Together with its wide partner base from the international, regional and national community, the SGP implements projects, conducts research and studies, and provides training and knowledge dissemination.
Whilst the international community is celebrating World Environment Day, Egypt has it done its own way blended with Ramadan flavor on 5th of June at the InterContinental CityStars Hotel, Cairo. A grand event was organized by the Ministry of Environment in partnership with CEDARE, UN Environment, & SwitchMed Programme funded by the EU. The United Nations theme of the year “Beating Plastic Pollution” was quite significant at the national level as the date was significant well as. This date marks the birth of a one-year old initiative: the “National Initiative for Reducing Plastic Bags Consumption” which was officially launched by the Minister of Environment on this very day in 2017.
Again, H. E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, gets in person together with Egyptian consumers of plastic bags. This took place in a fresh and lively morning through his visit to Maadi Club on Friday 4th of May, 2018, after he had visited 4 hypermarket chains 5 months earlier. In the context of the National Initiative of Reducing Plastic Bags’ Consumption, Dr. Fahmy, CEDARE, and the ministry’s top management and executives visited Maadi Club accompanied by a large number of media representatives.
The Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Programme has just concluded a 4-day Study Tour for its Egyptian partners and beneficiaries on E-waste and Recycling which took place from 15 to 20 April 2018. The study tour aimed at addressing the questions and concerns among the stakeholders of the present system (Ministries and recycling companies) and providing additional experience for a successful continuation of the efforts of the SRI project Management team and stakeholders.
Throughout 3rd-4th of April, 2018, CEDARE successfully delivered a workshop for Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) in cities of Mauritania in support of national capacity building in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The workshop was delivered in cooperation with UNISDR, UNDP office in Mauritania, UNDP office of Tunisia, and the DRR focal point in the Ministry of Environment in Mauritania. A consultation session at the Ministry of Interior was also conducted on the 5th of April to assist in planning next activities.
Electric Vehicles, cleaner fuels, trade policies and non-motorized transport, have been among the many topics of the African Clean Mobility Week, held in mid-March 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
“From Action Plans to Implementation” was the main theme of the 5th Arab Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) held in Cairo throughout the period from December 18th to 25th, 2017. CEDARE co-organized the 5th Arab Roundtable in collaboration with the UN Environment, the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
In continuation of the numerous collaborations between the Swiss