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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Region

16-17 October 2011 | Cairo, Egypt

Highlights for Sunday and Monday, 16-17 October 2011
UNCSD
The Arab Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) met at the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt. Approximately 100 representatives from governments, international organizations, and civil society attended the meeting.

On Monday morning, 17 October, a session was convened on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. This was followed by a session on securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development, which included presentations on the outcomes of the civil society consultations. In the afternoon, a drafting group convened to discuss recommendations from the region to forward to the Rio+20 preparatory proces, which were then addressed in the larger group in the evening. After some debate and amendments, the recommendations were approved. The meeting adjourned at 10:45 pm.

(for highlights from 16 October, see below)
A view of the dais session on green economy
 
Highlights for Monday, 17 October 2011

Tarek Sadek , Climate Change Coordinator, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, ESCWA, presented on the ESCWA Study on Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - Principles, Opportunities and Challenges in the Arab Region

 

Lebanon (right) during the meeting

The United Arab Emirates consulting with Djamel Eddine Djaballah, Director, Department of Environment, Housing and Sustainable Development, LAS

Melantonio Neto, Brazilian Ambassador to Egypt (left)

One of the rooms at the League of Arab States

Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, ESCWA

Delegates from Saudi Arabia and Jordan with members of the Secretariat discussing the text

Highlights for Sunday, 16 October 2011


In the morning of 16 October, during the welcoming ceremony, participants heard statements from a representative of Arab youth, Adel Farid Abdel-Kader, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP/ROWA), Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN and Vice-Chair of the Bureau for the UNCSD Preparatory Process, representing the African Group, Rima Khalaf, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, League of Arab States (LAS).

Following the opening statements, a session was held on assessing progress to date and gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development. In the afternoon, sessions were convened on: new and emerging challenges facing the Arab Region; and the international framework for sustainable development.
Aya Mohamed Abd Elmaksoud, representing Arab Youth, intervenes in the plenary

Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20 (center)

A view of the room during the welcoming ceremony

Rima Khalaf, ESCWA Executive Secretary (2nd from right), makes an opening statement

 
Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, LAS, speaks to the press (left photo); and Djamel Eddine Djaballah, Director, Department of Environment, Housing and Sustainable Development, LAS (right photo center)
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Meeting resources
*Meeting website
*Information note
*Annotated agenda outline
*Arab regional preparations for Rio+20
*ESCWA Green Economy paper
*Rio20 Times - A newsletter published every two months by the Sustainable Development and Productivity Division (SDPD) of ESCWA in collaboration with the UN Information Centre (UNIC)
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development website

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*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UNCSD, 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UNCSD, 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
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