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Lessons from China
Najib Saab
January-February 2011

The title of the paper distributed by China on the last day of the Cancún Conference on climate change clearly reflected the whereabouts of negotiations: "While we continue to talk, China is working". It asserts that states should not fail to take practical measures to address the challenges of climate change while waiting to reach legally binding agreements. It also details China's programs for energy conservation
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Water apocalypse, now
by Najib Saab
June 2010

Taking advantage of astounding Arab apathy, African countries of the Nile Basin met in the absence of Egypt and Sudan to agree on a plan for sharing the Nile water. Ethiopia, which is the source of 85 percent of the Blue Nile, is only able to utilize a small portion of this water for irrigation.
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Can less be more and small be beautiful?
by Najib Saab
April 2010

In 1866 Daniel Bliss founded an independent college for higher education, at a small house in Ras Beirut, which accommodated 16 students. This was the first building block of the American University in Beirut (AUB) which became the leading educational institution in the Arab world. AUB is still flourishing after a century and a half, during which time thousands of leaders in all fields passed through its doors.
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Arab water: reform or perish
by Najib Saab
February 2010

The Arab world is facing thirst and hunger unless rapid and effective measures are taken to address the water scarcity dilemma. Even if all available water resources were utilized, Arab countries are today under the water stress level, and they will face by 2025 the stage of 'acute water scarcity' which is less than 500 cubic meter per capita per year. In many countries this is already below 100 cubic meters, which can be only described as below thirst level.
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Arab Environment in 10 Years
ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS crowns a decade of the series of annual reports produced by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on the state of Arab environment. It tracks and analyzes changes focusing on policies and governance, including level of response and engagement in international environmental treaties. It also highlights developments in six selected priority areas, namely water, energy, air, food, green economy and environmental scientific research.
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