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Saudi Arabia spreads prejudice in the process

Oh, what a horrible dream! The Saudi delegation seem to be dreaming of a world made out men, only men, and a stream of pollution. Today’s fossil goes to Saudi Arabia for spreading prejudice within the process. The Saudi delegation has spoken out strongly against the recognition of gender equality in the implementation process.

Over four days they attacked the vital content on gender equality, and the need to promote urgent and effective gender-responsive climate policy. Our new climate agreement needs to promote gender equality, to effectively attend the varying impacts that climate change has on women and men, and to accelerate the benefits of meaningful implementation.

The European Union fell in disgrace along with Saudi Arabia for supporting, in public, the withdrawal of gender equality language. Dear, oh dear!

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Open letter from the Civil Society and youth of North Africa and the Middle East to the “Abu Dhabi Ascent” participants

We, the youth and civil society of the area comprised of the MENA region and the Arab World welcome you all to our region, and commend you on your efforts to fight climate change, which is an ever-growing concern for current and future generations. We also commend the government of the UAE for organizing this preparatory event.

We would also like to take this opportunity to call on all parties involved in the Abu Dhabi Ascent to take new direct and ambitious actions to ensure the success of the Climate Summit, taking place this September in New York, with the aim of reaching zero net greenhouse gas emissions, and achieving 100% renewable energy by mid of the century.

It has become impossible to deny the effects of climate change on the MENA / Arab World Region. In fact, the reality of climate change has become apparent and has factored into our everyday lives, with dire consequences and effects to our livelihoods. We live in one of the most arid regions in the world, and are surrounded by some of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet. The Arab world faces many environmental challenges such as water scarcity, low and variable rainfalls and great exposure to drought and desertification.

All that in addition to high poverty rate in the region makes the Arab world among the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. Climate change will only make these conditions worse on us, and the whole world population. If no effective adaptation and mitigation measures are set, the region will face huge reduction in agricultural productivity and water supply, more frequent drought and heat waves events, and loss of low-lying coastal areas due to SLR.

Thus, climate change will have significant implications on the economic and social development of Arab countries. We specifically call on the countries of our region to show leadership in the Summit, and use this opportunity to present new and ambitious pledges and contributions to mitigate climate change. As one of the richest regions in renewable energy sources developing a renewable energy master plan on the national level can help the Arab World to phase out from fossil fuels, the MENA / Arab World Region is well equipped to be at the forefront of achieving carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy future.

Sincerely,

The Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM)

Greenpeace Arab World

The League of Independent Activists (IndyAct)

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Association des Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre du Maroc (AESVT)

L’AESVT Maroc une association nationale, à but non lucratif, constituée d'un réseau de 32 sections (villes ou préfectures), regroupant plus de 1500 membres actifs et gèrent un réseau de 15 Centres d'Éducation à l'environnement (CEE). L’AESVT Maroc vise à travers ses différents programmes et projets locaux et nationaux, la promotion de la culture scientifique en matière d’éducation à l’environnement et au développement durable.

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Civil Society in the MENA region calls for renewable energy and climate protection

Civil society organizations dealing with the environment and renewable energy in the MENA region: We want to cooperate on the protection of the climate and get engaged in the political decision- 
making processes on low carbon development strategies and the promotion of renewable energy in our region 

On October 29th, just one day before the opening of the 4th Dii Desert Energy Conference in Rabat, key representatives from civil society organizations in the MENA region discussed the role civil society should play to contribute to the protection of the climate, to low carbon development strategies and the promotion of renewable energy in the MENA region. All participants agreed that transforming our fossil fuelled energy system into a sustainable one can only be accomplished through cooperation and dialogue among all relevant stakeholders. 

During the meeting it was reaffirmed that in order to achieve the required social acceptance for the energy transition in MENA countries it would be mandatory to develop it along the needs and interest of the civil society stakeholders who have, so far, only gained little traction in the debate. 

According to Fadoua Brour from the Moroccan Youth Climate Movement “The engagement of civil society becomes a prerequisite for the sustainable and successful implementation of renewable energies and measures of energy efficiency”.

With regard to the political changes in many MENA countries as a result of the Arab Spring Patricia Sfeir, Director of the Lebanese NGO IndyAct underlined that “People are demanding their right to participate in the energy transition in their countries and do not want to be seen as just passive recipients of foreign technologies. They are claiming a transparent and equitable distribution of socio-economic opportunities for the best of society”. 

At the end of the meeting, all participants agreed that the establishment of a consolidated and interconnected civil society framework would allow for more structured and effective engagement with the public and private actors in seeking a direct and equitable cooperation on climate protection, low carbon development and the promotion of renewable energies in the MENA region. 

“The discussions during this meeting have clearly showed that there is an urgent need to support the networking among MENA NGOs to collaborate on environmental and energy related issues, build capacities to enable civil society engagement in the context of developing and implementing national energy plans and increase awareness on the needed shift towards a sustainable energy future” noted Wael Hmaidan, Director of the Climate Action Network (CAN), while stressing the very positive spirit of collaboration in the meeting. 
 
For further information, please contact Ms. Patricia Sfeir, Director of the NGO IndyAct (psfeir@indyact.org) or Maria de Lope, WWF Morocco representative (mjdelope@wwf.panda.org). 

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