Picture: 5th December, Katowice, Poland, COP24
Gender Concerns International hosted and moderated a side event at the Benelux-EIB Pavilion of COP24. Guest speakers were: Rafik Aini (Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia), Michelle Winthrop (Lead on Climate Change at Irish Aid MFA, Ireland), Tracy Kajumba (Regional Advisor, Climate Change and Development, Sub Saharan Africa, MFA Ireland) and Dr Khedija Arfaoui (Scholar and Expert Tunisia) - via Skype.
Side event title: ‘Shared Inclusive Approaches to Sustainable Economic Development in MENA Region: Case of Tunisia’.
The recent economic and political transformation in the MENA region requires urgent support and cooperation in meeting the environmental challenges – especially in Tunisia, as a regional role model. The rising level of pollution is alarming and demands inclusive innovative approaches led by national and local governments in both urban and rural areas. The side event was important for highlighting the increasing investment efforts in the Renewable Energy Sector within the context of Agenda 2030 targets and assessing the scope of setting-up an expert network to raise awareness on sustainable agriculture and environmentally responsible entrepreneurship.