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ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review
Regional Preparatory Meeting on Sustainable Urbanization

1-2 June 2008
Manama , Kingdom of Bahrain

PROGRAMME

Sunday, 1 June 2008
8:00 a.m.

Registration

  Opening Session

8:45 am

Opening of the meeting

 

Welcoming remarks:

9:00 a.m.

H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed al Khalifa, Foreign Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain (Chair)
 

Keynote address:

 

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

 

Opening remarks:

 

H.E. Mr. Léo Mérorès, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council

 

H.E. Mr. Abdul Rahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Secretary-General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf

 

Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) [presentation]

 

Mr. Bader Omar Al-Dafa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)

 

Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

  Session I
10:00 a.m.

Keynote address:

H.E. Dr. Fatima al Belooshi, Minister of Social Development, Kingdom of Bahrain

10:15 a.m.

Panel 1: Providing urban infrastructure and access to services

 

Panelists:

  Ms. Mona Serageldin, Vice-President, Institute for International Urban Development, USA [presentation]
 

Ms. Laila Iskandar, Chairperson, Community and Institutional Development, Egypt

  Ms. Zahwa Mohamed Al Kuwari, Director, Department of Environmental Planning, Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife, Kingdom of Bahrain
 

Moderator:

  Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT
  Session II
3:00 p.m.

Panel 2: Green architecture for sustainable urbanization

 

Panelists :

 

Dr. Ali Abd Alraouf, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Bahrain

  Mr. Nicholas Bailey, Director Design Studio, WS Atkins and Partners Overseas, Middle East and India Region
  Mr. Samuel Keehn, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Energy Management Services, United Arab Emirates
  Mr. Parasuraman R. Ramachandran, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, World Green Building Council, and Founder of the Indian Green Building Council/BMTC Dubai
 

Moderator:

 

Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Interagency Affairs, UNDESA

4:45 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m.

Panel 3: Financing , including through Islamic banking, and technology transfer for sustainable development

 

Panelists:

  Mr. Khalid Hamad, Executive Director, Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain
  Dr. Seyfeddin Muaz, Executive Vice-President, Royal Scientific Society, Jordan
  Moderator:
  Mr. Bader Omar Al-Dafa, Executive Secretary, UNESCWA
6:15 p.m.

Meeting adjourns

   
Monday, 2 June 2008
  Session III
9:00 a.m.

Keynote addresses:

 

Dr. Badria Al Jeeb, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation and Training, Ministry of Social Development, Kingdom of Bahrain

9:30 a.m.

Presentations of best practices and successful partnerships and new initiatives or proposals to promote sustainable urbanization

 

Presentations by:

 

Dr. Muhammad Al-Sayrafi, Vice Chairman, Healthy and Sustainably Sound Housing, Qatar Foundation [presentation]

  Mr. Ghassan Samman, Head of Media and Foreign Affairs Department, Arab Towns Organization, Kuwait
  Mr. Jeff Stephenson, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Oryx Enterprises, Qatar
  Mr. Sayed Aqa, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative, Kingdom of Bahrain
  Dr. Habib N. El-Habr, Director and Regional Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Office for West Asia
  Dr. Eduardo López Moreno, Chief, State of the World's Cities Section, Monitoring and Research Division, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
  Mr. Ayman Abu Laban, Gulf Area Representative, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
 

Moderator:

 

Mrs. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher, Director, New York Office, UN-HABITAT

10:45 a.m. Break
  Session IV
11:00 a.m.

Discussion on key messages to be delivered to the Economic and Social Council and next steps to be taken in the region

 

Moderator:

  Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
 

Panelists:

  Mrs. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher, Director, New York Office, UN-HABITAT
 

Mr. Samuel Keehn, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Energy Management Services, United Arab Emirates

  Mr. Bader Omar Al-Dafa, Executive Secretary, UNESCWA
  Mr. Essam Nada, Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Environment and Development (RAED), Egypt
  Mr. Jeff Stephenson, Vice Chair, United Nations Global Compact GCC States Steering Committee
  Closing Session
12:30 p.m.

Closing statements:

  H.E. Mr. Léo Mérorès, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council
  H.E. Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain
1:00 p.m. Meeting adjourns

 

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