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Arab Climate Resilience Initiative Regional Forum

3-5 November, 2010
Skhirat-Rabat, Morocco
Mohammed VI International Conference Center

Forum background

[Government of Morocco]To foster a shared sense of cooperation around address climate change and to support regional governmental partners in formulating an integrated response and key policy priorities, the Regional Bureau for Arab States hosted the high-level “Regional Forum on Addressing Climate Change Impacts in the Arab Countries”, in partnership with UNDP Morocco and the government of Morocco. The event brought together 150 regional and global experts, media personalities and knowledge leaders, representatives from bi-lateral and regional cooperation agencies, policymakers and national representatives, and representatives of the League of Arab States to both stimulate climate policy dialogue and identify key governmental commitments.

To build momentum for this high-level event and in acknowledgment of the importance of extensive, bottom-up engagement with regional stakeholders and governments, the Arab Climate Resilience Initiative implemented a consultative process in the form of three technical, thematic meetings across the region. These consultative meetings fostered knowledge-sharing among national representatives and world-class experts and specialists from relevant fields, and deepened technical, institutional, and policy perspectives around the following climate change themes:

Experts from each thematic consultation presented the findings and outcomes at the Regional Forum in order to review and synthesize specific national priorities and policy options.  Additionally, a fourth thematic presentation on the territorial and local approach to climate change adaptation was facilitated by partners from Morocco.  The second day of the Regional Forum subsequently provided a platform for ministers and key regional stakeholders to validate these consolidated outcomes.

The Regional Forum also included a Knowledge Fair for governments, development agencies, multilateral partners, and private sector entities to exhibit climate change related measures and projects in adaptation and mitigation.  Open to the general public, the Fair provided a key opportunity for participants to: showcase pioneering projects, know-how, and best practices; demonstrate new technology, products and services; establish inter-regional and inter-country collaboration; and meet and network with potential service providers.  Additionally, the Fair hosted a public discussion on the scientific dynamic of climatic and atmospheric change, facilitated by representatives from NASA and moderated by "Weghat Nazar" Magazine.

Outcomes of the Regional Forum

The conclusions established at the Regional Forum have paved the way for a Framework of Action on climate change for the Arab Region.  In support of this Framework, future ACRI activities will include three, broad programmatic areas identified through the consultative process and at the Regional Forum:

  • - Supporting institutional capacity to address the impacts  of climate change.
  • - Supporting local approaches to climate change adaptation.
  • - Enhancing resilience in the three priority areas of water and food security, sea-level rise and coastal erosion,and sustainable energy.

For more information on each of these programmatic areas, see “Conclusions of the Regional Forum on Addressing Climate Change Impacts in the Arab Countries” at right.



The Arab Climate Resilience Initiative (ACRI) is a UNDP programme that aims to address the challenges of climate change by connecting stakeholders in the Arab States to innovative knowledge, partnerships and solutions. More on the Initiative

Consultative Meetings

Water scarcity, drought and desertification (Damascus, Syria, 15-16 September) 

Sea level rise and coastal erosion (Cairo, Egypt, 20-21 September) 

Sustainable energy and energy efficient paths to growth (Manama, Bahrain, 6-7 October)