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Towards a Just Environmental Tranisition in MENA | نحو تحقيق انتقال بيئي عادل في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا
How do the environmental and climate crises intersect with social inequality in the Middle East and North Africa? How do we root environmental and climate debates within the region in social justice and equity concerns?

The concept of Just Transition has become a keystone of the post-Paris Climate Agreement policy world, while many activists and frontline communities claim that it has lost its original meaning. With the next two Conference of Parties (COP) meetings taking place in the MENA – COP27 in Egypt and COP28 in the UAE – how do global debates over Just Environmental Transitions play in the region? What do just transitions in energy, food systems, waste and water management mean for populations across the region? And is this an adequate framework for organizing ecological solidarity and activism in MENA?

ARI’s second annual conference of its Environmental Politics Program convenes activists, researchers, and practitioners on the frontlines of environmental and climate action in MENA to discuss the visions, strategies, tensions, and contradictions around what just environmental transitions entail.


Day 1: 31 May, 2022

PANEL 1 | Just Transition, a Framework for Coalition-Building in MENA 10:00 - 11:30 am (Beirut)

PANEL 2 | Water (In)Justice: A problem of scarcity or equity? 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  (Beirut)

PANEL 3 | Towards Just Agricultural Transitions and Food Sovereignty in MENA 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Beirut)

Day 2: 1 June, 2022

PANEL 4 | Energy Transitions in the Gulf: Internal and external implications 10:00 - 11:30 am (Beirut)

PANEL 5 | Just Energy Transitions: Moving away from fossil fuels in North Africa 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (Beirut)

PANEL 6 | Waste Management: What are the needed reforms 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Beirut)
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