Regional Consultations

Arab Region

The Arab region launched its Regional Strategy on SCP in Cairo, Egypt, during its second roundtable on SCP.

The 2nd roundtable meeting on sustainable consumption and production in the Arab region took place on 27th - 29th September 2009, at the League of Arab States (LAS) premises in Cairo, Egypt. It was organized by UNEP in close collaboration with the LAS, the UN ESCWA, UNIDO, United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Centre for Environment and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), US National Pollution Prevention roundtable (NPPR) and the Egyptian National Cleaner Production Centre.

The meeting brought together around 50 participants the region including Government representatives, Business and civil society as well as international organizations.

The main objectives of the meeting were to:
>>Discuss the updated draft of the Arab Regional Strategy on SCP and develop an action plan based on the agreed strategy incorporating the regional priorities(energy, waste, water, poverty alleviation and rural development, sustainable lifestyles and education but also tourism).
>>Review progress and exchanging views on the needs and priorities of the region to feed the discussions on SCP into the Regional Implementation Meetings as input to the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD18 and 19) and thus contribute to the elaboration of a Ten Year Framework of Programmes on SCP (10YFP)
>>Institutionalize the roundtable to ensure exchange of expertise & knowledge, the carrying out of capacity building, the reviewing of case studies and the overall development of an Arab SCP network.

Three capacity-building and training workshops were also organized on the 29th September on 'Public participation' organized by US EPA, 'Principles of Pollution Prevention and Cleaner Production' organized by USEPA and NPPR and 'Sustainable Lifestyles and Education for Sustainable Consumption' organized by UNEP.

>>See agenda of the meeting
>>Arab Regional Strategy on SCP coming soon!
>>Meeting report coming soon!

First Roundtable Meeting of Experts on SCP
Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates (17-19 March 2008)

The first Roundtable Meeting of Experts on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the Arab Region held in Al-Ain on 17-19 March 2008 has achieved concrete outcomes, and engaged the region actively in the Marrakech Process, with the support of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA). The main outcomes are listed below:

  • Regional SCP priorities were identified: energy, water, waste, rural development & poverty alleviation, and education and sustainable lifestyles

  • The region agreed to develop a 'SCP Action Plan' based on the outcomes of the meeting and under the institutional umbrella of the Arab Sustainable Development Strategy and other existing declarations

  • Cooperation was built with the Marrakech Task Forces on Sustainable Public Procurement and on Sustainable Lifestyles. A workshop on YouthXChange was held successfully

  • The region called for the establishment of a regional network on National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs), to be organized in close cooperation with UNIDO

  • The UAE announced their interest to establish a NCPC.

Plenary of the West Asia Expert Meeting in Al-Ain

The meeting was attended by around 60 participants, with good representation from governments and NCPCs, NGOS and research centres. In future meetings, it was agreed to have more participation from business, development cooperation agencies and financial institutions.

As follow up of its first regional meeting on SCP, the Arab Region is developing its regional strategy .

The draft strategy was discussed at the 40th Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environment (CAMRE) in December 2008, where the Arab countries were given until 31st January 2009 to submit their comments on the draft strategy in order to incorporate and circulate to members of the Joint Committee, and then to 41st Meeting of CAMRE for their approval.

Priority implementation areas include energy for sustainable development, water resources management, waste management, rural development and alleviation of poverty, and education and sustainable lifestyles. The region expressed a particular interest in areas such as cleaner production, sustainable public procurement, eco-design and eco-labeling, life cycle analysis, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and environmental risk assessment.



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