On the occasion of Earth Day 50th anniversary, AFED participated in this year’s global online events to observe the occasion.
A special digital issue of Environment & Development magazine was released on 22 April, including 5 features on Earth Day themes. In cooperation with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, AFED published a full Earth Day page, which was also featured on the front page.
This year’s celebration adopted a digital format as Earth Day Live. AFED Secretary General Najib Saab was among several actors, musicians, politicians and other public figures who participated in the live event via personal video messages.
You can watch Saab’s video message here
The Earth Day Live lineup included, among others:
• His Holiness Pope Francis
• Steve Ballmer, USAFacts Founder and Former Microsoft CEO
• Andrea Boccelli, Award-winning Singer and Songwriter
• Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director, General for Education, UNESCO
• Natalie Isaacs, Founder and CEO of 1 Million Women
• Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple and Global Advisory Committee Member
• Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama
• Najib Saab, Secretary General, Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
• Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya, President of African Wildlife Foundation and Global Advisory Committee Member
• Yana Abu Taleb, Co-Director of EcoPeace Middle East
• Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts