UNDP in collaboration with Bahrain Oil and Gas Ministry and the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) will hold a meeting entitled “Impact of Climate Change in Arab Region- Towards Sustainable Energy-Resources, Challenges & Opportunities” on Wednesday, 06 October 2010 at the Al Jawhara Centre at the AGU Campus at 09:00 hrs.
The meeting which will go on till Thursday 07 October will form a part of a series of regional consultation meetings that will be held in the region, the outcomes of which will be discussed during a two day high level conference in Morocco during the first week November 2010. The Conference will be attended by senior government officials, as well as experts and specialists from the region to discuss these climate change challenges, their extent and impact on the national and regional levels.
Climate change has been called the “defining development challenge of our time” and the Arab countries are among the most vulnerable to its impacts. The Arab countries already face a harsh climate due to factors such as water scarcity and desertification interacting with other development challenges to present formidable obstacles on the path to full and shared human development. Preventing human development rollbacks in the Arab countries and securing gains will require climate challenge be addressed as an utmost priority.
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