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.
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.
On the 15th of December the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in Cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the participants from different Ministries & working groups, who actively and collectively developed the action plan as part of implementing Egypt’s Green Economy Strategy.
As mandated by the EC-UNEP SWITCHMED Project, designing a national action plan for Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) has been put into action. The EEAA and CEDARE held the first round of the working group meetings addressing the four main national strategic priority sectors: the solid waste working group meeting on May 31st, the energy working group meeting on June 21st, the water working group on June 24th, & the agriculture working group on July 5th, 2015 at the Environmental Cultural and Educational Center.
The workshop was held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Environment on the 5th of March, 2015, during the deliberations of the 15th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) which in turn was held starting 2nd till the 6th of March and hosted by Egypt in Dusit Thani Lakeview, Cairo.
The objective of the workshop was to unveil the process of developing and drafting the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SGP) National Action Plan for Egypt and highlight potential opportunities and challenges for promoting SGP policies in the targeted four sectors; Agriculture, Water, Energy and Municipal Solid Waste.