CEDARE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, held a roundtable meeting with the government’s officials responsible for procurement and quality on 24 May, 2017. The meeting was intended to discuss the challenges facing sustainable public procurement (SPP) and the mechanisms required to integrate it in Egypt’s governmental procurement system and further pave the way for it as a norm. Being the main buyer, the government is expected to include the green and sustainable products in the rules and regulations of governmental procurement system according to SwitchMed Demo Project implemented in cooperation with the UN Environment under the umbrella of the SwitchMed Programme & the European Commission.
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.
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) is collaborating 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 is taking place during the period from April 10-12, 2017 at the Semiramis InterContinental Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.
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).
On December 6th, 2016, another new resourceful initiative was launched adding to an extensive successful partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Egyptian Ministry of Environment (MOE) & the Centre for Development and Environment for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE). The three partners have launched two demonstration Projects namely; "Mainstreaming Sustainable & Green Public Procurement" Project and "Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption" Project. A press conference attended by Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Regional Director and Representative for the UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), Eng. Ahmed Abul Seoud, EEAA’s Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Hossam Allam, Regional Director of CEDARE’s Sustainable Growth Programme, was conducted to announce the details of each project.