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Greening Arab banks
Najib Saab
October 2018

Arab banks discussing financing sustainable development goals in a regional meeting is in itself a major accomplishment; endorsing green banking is, nonetheless, an unprecedented achievement. The tone ushers a new direction not appreciated before. Simply put, the Arab banking sector is starting to realize that it cannot cater for changing development goals without adopting new vision and innovative approach.
Is it too late for Lebanons environment?
Najib Saab
September 2018

In 2000, the late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri invited me to introduce environmental dimensions into his parliamentary elections platform, while the economic and social aspects were assigned to Bassel Fleihan. Upon being appointed Prime Minister following his election victory, Hariri included this environmental program in the cabinet statement, which was consequently approved by parliament in the autumn of that year. This was the first time that a bold and clear environmental policy was introduced into a government program in Lebanon. Implementation was hampered by political disputes.
How can Arabs achieve food security?
Najib Saab
June 2018

The eradication of hunger was the main concern of the Arab Ministers of Agriculture, who met in Rome at the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East. Yet, apart from expressing their sadness for the decline of food production and security, the ministers failed to indicate what their countries could do to address this deteriorating situation
The Alternative Investment
Najib Saab
May 2018

According to a report recently released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Bloomberg, the sun has become the most attractive source for new investments in global energy production. Investments in solar energy reached $161 billion last year, producing 98 gigawatts of electricity. This goes far beyond any other source, including coal, gas, oil and nuclear power. It is also worth noting that most of the increase occurred in China, which alone exceeded half the investments in new energy.

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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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