Regional Meeting on Promoting Ethics-Grounded Climate Change Action in the Arab Region

When :

from Monday 24 September, 2018
09:00
to Tuesday 25 September, 2018
16:00

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

UNESCO Cairo Office Premises in 6th of October City, Northern Extensions, 6th of October City, 12564, Cairo, Egypt

Contact :

Jana El Baba, j.el-baba@uensco.org

A two-day regional meeting on Promoting Ethics-Grounded Climate Change Action in the Arab Region will be organized by UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab states, in Cairo, Egypt, from 24 to 25 September 2018.

The Arab region will be considerably affected by climate change. Recent reports point conclusively to temperature increases, decreasing precipitation trends, with largely moderate to high vulnerability throughout the Arab region and across all sectors and subsectors. In response, Arab countries have developed, and are implementing, climate change plans of action at both the regional and national levels.

Meanwhile, and under the auspices of UNESCO, a global “Declaration of Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change” has been adopted by 195 States on 13 November 2017. A complement to other climate change multilateral efforts, the Declaration proclaims and elaborates ethical principles of decision-making, policy formulation, and other actions related to climate change. It provides a set of universal ethical principles as well as recommended pathways for applying these principles in order to help member states make more robust and more inclusive decisions on climate change solutions and actions

To what extent is climate change action in the Arab region aligned with ethical principles, including those stipulated in the global Declaration? What can be done to promote ethics as a core element shaping mitigation and adaptation responses? To address these questions, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States is organizing a regional conference on Promoting Ethics-Grounded Climate Change Action in the Arab region, to communicate and launch a dialogue around the newly adopted Declaration.

It is expected that the Conference will bring together around 40 experts from Arab countries, including government representatives from ministries involved closely in climate change action (Ministries of Environment, Water, Agriculture, Energy, etc.). Civil society organizations from the region active in the area of climate change, including youth networks, as well as representatives from regional and international organizations will also be invited to attend.