The Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (Cedare) was established in 1992 as an international not-for-profit organization, with diplomatic status. This was in response to a call for a knowledge-based and technology-driven Centre of Excellence by the Arab Ministers of Environment (Damascus Convention, 1991), and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme, and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.

Cedare is governed by a high-level Board of Trustees. It works with over 150 reputable partners at the national, regional and international level. Its headquarters is based in Cairo, Egypt, with regional offices in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the University of Malta, Valetta, Malta,  

True to its name and mandate, the Centre acts as an effective catalyst, facilitating collaborative action between the Arab Region, Europe and the International Community in the interdependent fields of environment and development.  

Embedding environmental concerns within countries’ development policies, strategies and action plans, to support sensible decision-making, remains high on Cedare’s agenda.  This forward-thinking approach advances a conducive atmosphere in which economic growth flourishes and where societies develop in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. 


A recognized international Centre of Excellence for environment and development, championing the transition to a resource-efficient future, rooted in Sustainability, Leadership and Innovation.
Sustainability: addressing real-life sustainability challenges and opportunities, with “doable” and “durable” actions and best practices.
Leadership: empowerment of human capital to build enlightened environmental leaders and reformers; the backbone for resilient communities of the future.
Innovation: advancement of people and societies through knowledge-sharing, reshaping traditional approaches, progressive environmental governance, cutting-edge technologies, smart solutions and circulation of success stories.

Teaming up with countries and institutions to weave/incorporate? and balance economic, environmental and social priorities in policies and actions, for a more innovative, people-centred, inclusive and sustainable future, ingrained in the central principle of environment and development for human well-being.
People First!

Cedare’s Foundational Pillars

  1. A high-level Board of Trustees
  2. A diversified team of experienced and international professionals
  3. A global and regional geographic presence, scope, and partnerships