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Even if all conflicts and wars were to stop immediately, the Arab region cannot meet the target of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 using traditional methods.Entitled "Sustainable Development in a Changing Arab Climate," the report recommends an alternative approach, based on integrating sustainable development principles within the anticipated rebuilding efforts. It calls upon local, regional and international aid organizations not to limit their scope to providing safety and basic necessities to those affected, but rather to use the relief plans as a launch pad for promoting new approaches to development, rooted in a transition to a green economy.This report builds on the previous eight reports on the state of Arab environment produced since 2008 by AFED, which have so far addressed major issues including water, food security, energy, the green economy, ecological footprints, sustainable consumption, and climate change. The report highlights the policy options available for the Arab countries to realize the Sustainable Development Goals by the 2030 target set by the United Nations, in light of the new political, economic and social developments.Arab countries should embrace regional cooperation to adapt to the potential climate risks, especially those related to drought, sea-level rise and health. As the Paris Climate Pact went into force, adhering to the rules would put Arab countries in a position to grasp the opportunities to attract climate finance and climate technology transfer.AFED presents during its 9th annual conference this week at the American University of Beirut a report entitled "Sustainable Development in a Changing Arab Climate".
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