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Concluding Recommendations of Civil Society Organizations Arab Regional Consultation on the Post-2015 Agenda


The report issued by the Regional Meeting on the Post 2015 Development Agenda including recommendations for development plans, alternative strategies, and Arab development demands for the Arab region. 


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A Civil Society Perspective on EBRD Role in the Arab region

Mandated by the Deauville initiative for Arab countries in transition, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has become an active financial stakeholder in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, which comprises Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan. By the end of 2014, EBRD investments amounted to €1.5 billion spent on a total of 53 projects. 

A number of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from Arab countries are participating in the 2015 Annual Meetings of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Tbilisi, Georgia scheduled to take place on 14-15 May 2015. CSOs will seize the occasion to advance a development and rights-based perspective to the debate on EBRD interventions in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region

Concluding Recommendations of Civil Society Organizations Arab Regional Consultation on the Post-2015 Agenda

The report issued by the Regional Meeting on the Post 2015 Development Agenda including recommendations for development plans, alternative strategies, and Arab development demands for the Arab region. 

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), in collaboration with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and with the participation of the Civil Society Division in the League of Arab States, is organizing a regional meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Beirut, on Thursday April 30th 2015.

This meeting comes to build on the results of the previous two occasions that ANND has organized in cooperation with ESCWA and the League of Arab States during 2013 and 2014, respectively, and which concluded with issuing position papers highlighting civil society demands in the Arab region as regards the Post-2015 development agenda. The meeting aims at following the developments in the global debate around the Post-2015 process and will advance a position of civil society organizations in the Arab region on the Post-2015 development framework and which will be presented during the second session of the high-level Arab Forum on Sustainable Development which will be held on 5-7 May 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Addis Ababa Conference which will be held in July 2015.

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European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and energy sector

Energy is key for achieving sustainable development. Early in 1992, the Earth Summit pointed that current levels of energy consumption and production are not sustainable. It called international donors to “support developing countries in implementing national energy programmes in order to achieve widespread use of energy-saving and renewable energy technologies, particularly the use of solar, wind, biomass and hydro sources; and to provide access to research and development results to increase energy-use efficiency levels in human settlements". 20 years later, in Rio+20, the critical role played by energy in the development process was once again affirmed as “access to sustainable modern energy services contributes to poverty eradication, saves lives, improves health and helps provide basic human needs”.  Yet around 1.3 billion people in the world has no access to energy services and the Arab region shows variations between countries and within countries between rural and urban areas. (See Table 1) Where electrification rates are high, there still remains problems in terms of energy supply, and quality of the energy.

 

European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Climate Change

Climate change is a global crisis. Arab region on the other hand is identified as “the region most severely affected by climate change” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate change impacts in the region include among others:

Higher temperatures and more frequent and intense heat waves Sea-level rise that leads to losses of agricultural land and with adverse effects on fisheries Less rainfall that brings drought and further hydric stress to already scarce water resources Negative impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, including forests, mangroves and rangelands, risk of desertification New areas exposed to dengue, malaria, and other vector- and waterborne diseases affecting people’s health and productivity due to changing rainfall and temperature patterns.  

EIB and EBRD Interventions in the Arab Region in the AGRIBUSINESS Sector: A Civil Society insight

The following paper comes in a series of other papers, each tackling a different sector of focus within the EIB and the EBRD’s interventions in the Arab Region. The purpose of this one is to provide tentative background information on the EBRD and the EIB’s involvement in the region in the agribusiness sector. The papers are essential for monitoring the Banks’ work and involvement in the region from a rights-based perspective (how they affect Human rights and policy making). The aim is to provide information and data that help in advocating for the paper’s cornerstone: the right to food. Food security, food sovereignty and the effects of liberalization are all centered on the right to food. Therefore, firstly included is a summary of the Banks papers and studies that reflect their views and policies on the sector as well as brief descriptions of their agribusiness projects so far. Secondly, a quick review on the literature on agribusiness helps to identify the main challenges the sector faces. This section is also essential for the final recommendations. 

Comparative Study: Tax Systems in Six Arab Countries

This paper is one in a series of papers published by the Arab NGO Network for development (ANND) as part of its work on monitoring IFIs’ policies in the Arab region. This work falls within ANND’s aims of strengthening the analysis and research on public policies in the Arab region, in addition to supporting the process of building a strong role for civil society in developing alternatives, specifically on the economic and social fronts, based on choices that are rooted in the local and national priorities and needs.

Enabling Environment National Assessment - Case of Lebanon

The report offers a thorough examination of the legal, regulatory, and policy environment in which Civil Society Organizations operate in Lebanon. It underlines the progress made and most importantly the weaknesses and obstacles still facing civil society’s work today in 9 main dimensions. The study was carried out by ANND in partnership with CIVICUS, ICNL, article 19 and the World Movement for Democracy with the support of the Government of Sweden.

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