STE2016 – Sustainable Transport in Egypt: Progress, Prospects and Partnerships,Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, Cairo

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On December 14th, 2016, diverse stakeholders in the fields of transportation, urban planning, environment, and intelligent transportation systems, all gathered for a dissemination event held by Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) to disseminate their projects in sustainable transportation. The results of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative study on fuel economy for light duty vehicles for Egypt was presented, along with an interactive discussion about the various policies suggested in Egypt and presented through a policy brief that was handed out to all participants.

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UNEP, Egyptian Ministry of Environment & CEDARE jointly launch 2 Demonstration Projects in Egypt “Mainstreaming Sustainable & Green Public Procurement” & “Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption”

20161206_2On 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.

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Low Sulphur Diesel Roadmap for the League of Arab States December 4th, 2016

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On December 4th, 2016, UN Environment Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in cooperation with Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) held a networking event for the members of the League of Arab States Joint Committee for Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) in Cairo. The event, held in a friendly dinner setting, also gathered experts in the field who are interested in promotion of cleaner fuels and improved air quality.

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The Assessment Workshop on Governance for situations of competing water demands in Africa, 27-30 November 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in The Assessment Workshop on Governance for situations of competing water demands in Africa, 27th-30th November 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The workshop was organized by the Africa Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which has a mandate to work with their client countries to advance on capacity development, technical assistance and knowledge development. The workshop acknowledged the social and economic transformative role of water and that improved water resources management and water and sanitation services underpin making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similarly, investments in water infra-structures and governance play a critical role to achieve African Development Bank’s “High-Five” priorities related to: food and energy security; industrialization; regional integration; and improved quality of life for the people of Africa.

CEDARE Water Programme Manager, elected chair of the Global Water Partnership Regional Chairs

gwp_logo_anniversaryCEDARE Regional Water Manager and GWP-Eastern Africa Chair, Prof. Khaled M. AbuZeid, has been elected Chair of GWP Regional Chairs. Prof. AbuZeid is appointed Chair of GWP Regional Chairs until the end of 2018. Accordingly, he will be representing the 13 GWP Regional Water Partnerships (RWPs) at the GWP Global Steering Committee as an Ex-Officio Member. The 2nd GWP Global Steering Committee Meeting will be held in Stockholm, GWP Head Office, during the period of 6-9 December 2016.

The 13 GWP Regional Water Partnerships that will be represented by Dr. AbuZeid, include GWP Eastern Africa, GWP Central Africa, GWP West Africa, GWP Southern Africa, GWP Mediterranean, GWP South Asia, GWP Southeast Asia, GWP Central Asia & Caucasus, GWP China, GWP South America, ‎GWP Caribbean, GWP Central America, GWP Central & Eastern Europe.

GWP's vision calls for a Water Secure World through Urban Water Security, Transboundary Water Security, Ecosystems Water Security, Food and Water Security, Climate Change and Water Security, and Achieving the Water SDG and associated Targets.

MDG+ Initiative: High Level Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 01-02 November 2016, Amman, Jordan

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015 and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to guide global action a common set of development objectives. The SDGs replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were formulated based on the declaration emanating from the Millennium Summit held in the year 2000.

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in MDG+ Initiative: High Level Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 01-02 November 2016, Amman, Jordan. SDG-6 specifically aimed to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. It was supported by six operational targets focused on drinking water, sanitation, water quality, water use efficiency and water scarcity, integrated water resources management and water-related ecosystems. To date, nine indicators have been adopted to support the monitoring of these six targets.

The objective of this High Level Meeting on the Water-related SDGs was to discuss the lessons learned from implementing the MDG+ Initiative in view of discussing how this regional initiative can contribute to follow-up on the water-related SDGs.

 The MDG+ Initiative was launched by the Arab Ministerial Water Council in 2010 to establish a Regional Mechanism for Improved Monitoring and Reporting on Access to Water Supply and Sanitation Services in the Arab Region. This inter-governmental initiative monitors and reports on a set of water supply, sanitation and wastewater indicators that reflect conditions in the water-scarce Arab region. The initiative is implemented by the League of Arab States Secretariat to the Arab Ministerial Water Council, the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), and ESCWA with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).