cover photo:(L-R) Dr. Erfan Ali – Director of UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States, Mr. Idrissa Dia – Sector Manager, Urban Development and Services, Infrastructure Department of the IsDB, Dr. Alexandra Papadopoulou – Clima-Med Energy Expert, Mrs. Mayar Sabet – Regional Programme Specialist at CEDARE.
More than 30 ministers from the Arab Region, 400 professionals working in the field of housing and urban development, NGOs and academia participated in this year’s edition of the Arab Forum (6-8 October, 2019).
The event, under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, was organized in cooperation with the Ministerial Council for Housing and Construction of the League of Arab States and the Regional Office for Arab States of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT-ROAS). The Forum was also a platform to strengthen regional cooperation and accelerate progress on the urban components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 11) and the New Urban Agenda guided by the Action Framework for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Through its continuous efforts to establish synergies with the different stakeholders active in the region, the Clima-Med project participated in the “Sustainable Buildings Day towards the achievement of Paris Agreement” event, organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development in UAE, to present the report ‘’Local Climate Action in the Arab Region: Lessons learned and way forward”. The report was prepared with funding from the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and the Islamic Development Bank; UN-Habitat, Clima-Med, CEDARE, and RCREEE. Its purpose is to push for climate action at the local, level in the Arab region.
Dr. Alexandra Papadopoulou Clima-Med Energy Expert, focused on presenting the project’s approach, the role that local authorities can play through tailored capacity building, better coordination, and the importance of – ways to – developing Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans, and the work required at the local level to mature the existing ideas into funding proposals, and altogether Clima-Med recommendations in order to facilitate the work of local authorities and the financing of their actions.
During this event, public and private stakeholders from the Arab Countries discussed with the policy makers means to adapt higher commitments and to develop Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC’s), specifically for the construction sector.
Dr. Erfan Ali, Director of UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States and Mr. Idrissa Dia, Sector Manager, Urban Development and Services, Infrastructure Department of the Islamic Development Bank, delivered keynote speeches at the event dedicated to the presentation of the report.
Mrs. Mayar Sabet, Regional Programme Specialist at the Center for Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), provided an overview of the report and its findings, while Dr. Alexandra Papadopoulou from Clima –Med focused on presenting the role that local authorities can play through better coordination. She reiterated the importance of Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans for municipalities, and the work required at the local level to mature the existing ideas into funding proposals. Dr. Papadopoulou also presented Clima-Med’s recommendations, which could facilitate the work of Local Authorities and the financing of their actions.
The report ‘’Local Climate Action in the Arab Region: Lessons learned and way forward” builds on the organized by the partners, in February 2019, regional capacity-building workshop on climate adaptation and mitigation at the local level held in Beirut, Lebanon. With more than 40 participants from 10 countries in the region, the workshop discussed climate change impacts on human settlements; global, regional, national, and local frameworks for response; access to climate finance; and the development of Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs).
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