Beirut Live 2020 - بيروت
Together towards a common future
Now more than ever, communities around the Mediterranean basin must collaborate and plan for the future. Our mission at AMWAJ Forum is to create synergies across shores to drive coaction towards reliable, sustainable and modern energy and water for all.
Check the program for this year's forum and learn about the speakers and sessions in store for water and energy enthusiasts.
The Mediterranean region is at a crossroads. The water and energy sectors are linked by an indisputable bond, which shapes and influences every aspect of our existence. Water scarcity presents fundamental challenges to stability and resilience in the context of climate change while expanding renewable energy is crucial to ensuring the region’s clean energy future. With multiple challenges facing the region such as air pollution, dependency on fossil fuels, rapid urbanization, and population growth, the need for cross-border integrated efforts is imminent. Achieving joint sustainability in both sectors can be a key vector of cooperation and integration, in a region that is in dire need of new management models for sustainability. Thus, governments and stakeholders must amplify the implementation of reforms and develop gradual harmonization of policies and regulatory frameworks between countries. Specifically, the region must adopt a series of mitigation and resilience-building measures to face the challenges created by climate change.
Discussion Panel 2: Innovative, Youth-driven Solutions for Water and Energy in the Mediterranean
Water and Energy entrepreneurship provides localized and affordable services to underserved communities, typically left out of the WASH and energy markets. Through continued training, formalization, and investment, entrepreneurs can better link community demand to the private sector supply. Such synergies could provide the startup ecosystem with the support it needs to create a long-term sustainable impact that is driven by innovation on the fronts of clean and renewable energy, water conservation and management, infrastructure, and many more.
Meet the speakers
Get to know the people behind forum. Our experts in sustainable development.
Wednesday 28 October 2020
Climate Change and Environment Program Manager at Issam Fares Policy institute American University of Beirut
Mey Al Sayegh
Isidro González Afonso
Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of Water, Environment and Blue Economy since September 2019
Journalist and writer. Experienced in climate change issues and water scarcity. Analyst and observer on water related challenges in MENA region
Thursday 29 October 2020
Executive Secretary and Regional Coordinator at the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Mediterranean