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Energy policies and the nightmares of advisers
by Najib Saab
May 2009

Renewable energy is a nightmare." I was highly surprised with this statement attributed to Saudi Arabia's Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi, which made center stage in the headlines of hundreds of articles and comments in newspapers and online.
The Environment in Lebanese Elections
by Najib Saab
April 2009

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora launched the discussion about this issue by his speech at the ceremony for the presentation of the annual report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) in Beirut last month. He considered the facts and figures presented by the report as a "slap on our faces that may awaken us to what we have caused of damage in our environment and the delay in taking corrective measures throughout the years". As he stated that debates and struggles over privileges and positions does not stop people's need for clean air, water and food and the enjoyment of nature's resources, he endorsed the inclusion of environmental accounting as a part of the national budget of Lebanon and other Arab countries.
Climate Change: who pays for the dinner?
by Najib Saab
March 2009

If no drastic measures are taken immediately, global warming will accelerate during the 21st century at a rate that causes severe environmental damage exceeding what was previously anticipated." This warning was issued by the US scientist Chris Field who is a prominent figure in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only two days before the 25th session of UNEP's governing council that was held in Nairobi last month.
Environment in the Kuwait Arab Summit
by Najib Saab
February 2009

The environment, which was absent from the speeches of Arab leaders in the Kuwait socio-economic and development summit, appeared in the final declaration of the summit. Kings and presidents have endorsed the final declaration written during the preparatory meetings, and included themes that find their way for the first time into Arab summits.

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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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