AFED To Promote Ecological Accounts
A groundbreaking report on Ecological Footprint and Survival Options in the Arab Countries is the theme of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development 'AFED' this year.The Annual Conference will convene at Phoenicia Intercontinental hotel in Beirut on November, 29, 30, 2012.
The report was prepared by a large team of experts, researchers and policy makers, in order to develop the conclusions and recommendations that can secure the best chances of development and sustainability for Arab countries, and in some cases even provide the chance for survival itself.
AFED Secretary General, Najib Saab, disclosed that, "During the conference, and for the first time, the Ecological Footprint Atlas which explores resource constraint in the Arab countries will be unveiled."
The renowned Global Footprint Network 'GFN' was commissioned by AFED to produce this Atlas, under the supervision of its President and founder Mathis Wackernagel.
The study aims to provide an ecological bank statement for the Arab region. It is hoped that the 2012 AFED report will help promote the concept of ecological accounts and move towards their integration in decision making.
In addition to the team working on the report and 12 ministers from across the Arab region, speakers at the conference will include José Maria Figueres, Chairman of the Carbon War Room and former president of Costa Rica, Julia Matron-Lefevre, Director General, International Union for the Conservation of Nature 'IUCN', Dr. Ashok Khosla, President, Club of Rome, Dr. Soogil Young, Chairman of the Korean Presidential Advisory Committee on Green Growth, Raymond Audi, Chairman of Audi-Saradar Group, and Sus Ulbæk, Danish deputy Minister of foreign affairs and Green Ambassador.
A special ministerial panel will be held under the title Sustainability Options: Policies for Survival and Growth, with the participation of several ministers, including Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water and Yassine Khayyat, Jordanian Minister of Environment.
The conference is expected to attract over 500 delegates from among AFED members, in addition to hundreds of observers and media representatives. In addition, AFED has confirmed international high-level participants from various countries, including USA, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and UK.
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