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EVENTS
Abu Dhabi, 29 November 2007


Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi


Organized by Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED)
And Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
In cooperation with: UNEP and WBCSD

Under the patronage of:
H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

WHY AN ARAB CORPORATE ENVIRONMETNAL RESPONSIBILITY SUMMIT?
How can the business community in the Arab region respond to environmental challenges? Are Arab corporations ready to function in an era where the quality of their footprint has become a determining factor to gain the consent of the society?
The Arab Corporate Environmental Responsibility Summit will attempt to answer these questions, and draw an indigenous plan for appropriate action.
Hosted by HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the regional event will convene in the capital of the UAE, not only a hub of bustling business activity, but also a center of serious environmental initiatives.
The meeting will provide a platform for business leaders from Arab countries to share views and experiences about corporate environmental policies and programmes. A high-level round table will discuss and adopt a declaration on Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) and Cleaner Production (CP). Beyond discussing the concept, necessity and plans, the Summit will debate successful regional experiences and set guidelines for future action.
To enhance the debate, leading global organizations active in the field will also be participating, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The event is organized by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), in cooperation with the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. It launches AFED’s activities aiming at building strong Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Cleaner Production programmes among corporations active in the Arab region, harmonizing environmental measures and promoting a common market for environmentally-friendly products.

SPEAKERS
A one-day Summit grouping business leaders and experts, to debate best corporate environmental policies and practices. Expert insight from: Mostafa Kamal Tolba father of sustainable development, AFED President and former Executive Director of UNEP, Shafqat Kakakhel UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, Jürg Gerber COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), coordinating environmental action of the world’s top 170 corporations, Sylvie Lemmet Director of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, a pioneering world centre on cleaner production, Ahmed Al Noaimi CEO of Alba Bahrain, the largest aluminium smelter in the world, and more. Also: Best in-class case studies from: Aramco, Etisalat, Adnoc, ALDAR Real Estate, Juhayna Food Industries, Petrofac.
Mostafa K TolbaShafqat KakakhelJurg Gerber Ahmed Al NoaimiSylvie Lemmet










ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CLEANER PRODUCTION
Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) and Cleaner Production (CP) are part of the overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CER is generally defined as the duty to cover the environmental implications of the company’s operations, products and facilities, eliminate waste and emissions, maximize the efficiency and productivity of its resources, and minimize practices that might adversely affect future generations.
A growing number of companies have discovered concrete value and competitive advantages of taking environmental initiatives, for example in areas such as pollution prevention, energy efficiency, environmentally oriented design, supply-chain management and industrial ecology. These trends have largely been driven by increasing demand for transparency from stakeholders, and perceived consumer demand for environmental quality

Conference Center of Abu Dhabi THE VENUE: EMIRATES PALACE
International Conference Centre of Abu Dhabi

The Summit convenes at the Emirates Palace, a landmark that's a wonder to behold. Emirates Palace Conference Centre is the most luxurious and technologically advanced meeting facility in the region. The conference facilities include an auditorium, a ballroom and an extensive range of over 40 meeting rooms, a Media Centre and Business Centre.



PROGRAMME

09:00 - 10:00 Registration, get-together

10:00 - 10:30 Opening

  • HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
  • Shafqat Kakakhel, UN Assistant Secretary General,
    Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  • Mostafa Kamal Tolba, President, AFED

    10:30 - 10:45 Business Response to Environmental Challenges
    (AFED, WBCSD)

    10:45 - 11:00 Cleaner Production: The Way Forward
    Dr. Basel Al-Yousfi, D. Regional Director, UNEP

    11:00 - 11:15 International Experience in Corporate Environmental Responsibility
    Jürg Gerber, COO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    11:15 - 11:30 Discussion

    11:30 - 12:00 Regional Corporate Environmental Outlook:
    Ahmad S. Al Noaimi, CEO, Alba, Bahrain
    Ahmad Ali Al-Sayegh, CEO, Dolphin Energy, UAE
    Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, Senior V.P., Saudi Aramco

    12:00 - 12:15 Coffee Break

    12:15 -12:45 Experiences in Corporate Environmental Responsibility
    Angus Gavin, Head Urban Development, Solidere, Lebanon
    Ahmad Bin Ali, Vice President, Etisalat Telecom, UAE
    Ali R. Al-Jarwan, General Manager, ADMA / ADNOC, UAE

    12:45 - 13:00 Discussion

    13:00 - 14:00 Topical Round-Table Discussions / Group Debates:
  • Energy Efficiency and climate
    facilitator: Mr. Robin Pinchbeck, Chief Executive, Operations Services, Petrofac
  • No water no business
    facilitator:Dr. Habib El-Habr, Director and Regional Representative, UNEP
  • Role of international standards in increasing business performance
    facilitator: Mr. Juerg Gerber, COO WBCSD
  • Interaction between business, government and society
    facilitator: Mr. Shafqat KakakhelASG, UN and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

    14:00 - 15:00 Lunch hosted by HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

    15:00 - 16:30
    Plenary
    Presentation by Facilitators of Round Table Discussions
    Discussion and Adoption of Declaration
    Follow-up Action Group

    For additional information please contact us by e-mail at: info@afedonline.org


    REGISTRATION
    Please complete the form in block letters and send it by fax to AFED Corporate Summit Secretariat: +961 1 321900 or +971 2 6817359.
    You can also book online on www.afedonline.org

    For registration form click here

    Participation in the Summit is for free for those who are invited, and executives whose applications are accepted. The Secretariat will send confirmation upon receiving the registration form.
    Please note that the invitation is limited to participation in the Summit and its associated activities.
    Registration is only for the meetings.
    Booking arrangements for travel and accommodation, if needed, should be made directly by the participant, at his own expense.

    Accomodation
    Arrangements for accomodation, if needed, should directly be made by the participants. For convinience, the Secretariat has made agreements with some hotels in Abu Dhabi for the Summit participants, as per the list below.
    We strongly urge you to make your booking soonest in order to secure a room, as hotels in Abu Dhabi are usually very busy during that period.

    Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi - Mr. Chadi Melhem
    Tel: +971-2-681 1888, +971-2-690 7925
    E-mail:chadi.melhem@kempinski.com, Web: www.emiratespalace.com

    Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers - Mr. Sathis Aravinda
    Tel: +971-2-644 3000
    E-mail: sathis.aravinda@rotana.com, Web: www.rotana.com

    Hilton Abu Dhabi - Mr. Iskandar
    Tel: +971-2-681 1900
    E-mail: reservation.AbuDhabi@hilton.com, Web: www.hilton.com

    Sheraton Abu Dhabi - Mr. Hani Ahmed
    Tel: +971-2-677 3333
    E-mail: hani.ahmed@sheraton.com, Web: sheraton.com/abudhabi

    Inter-Continental Abu Dhabi - Mr. Sebastien Scheeg
    Tel: +971-2-6666 888
    E-mail: sebastien.scheeg@icauh.ae, Web: www.ichotelgroup.com

    Shangri-La Hotel - Ms. Paramita Bhowmick
    Tel: +971-2-509 8888
    E-mail: paramita.bhowmick@shangri-la.com, Web: shangri-la.com

    Le Royal Meridien Abu Ahabi - Ms. Rania Rahme
    Tel: +971-2-674 2020
    E-mail: rania.rahme@leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com,
    Web: www.lemeridien.com



    For information about the summit contact

    Beirut
    Arab Forum For Environment and Development
    Ms. Ghada Kalash
    Tel: 961- 1- 321800 Fax:961-1--321900
    mail: info@afedonline.org website:www.afedonline.org.lb

    Abu Dhabi
    Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
    Ms. Nayla Swaidi
    Tel: 971-2-6934768 Fax: 971-2-6817359
    mail: nalsuwaidi@ead.ae


    For registration form click here

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