“Who or What Drives Climate Change Policy in the Arab World? ” was the question addressed during a panel discussion held in Doha, Qatar, by the climate change and environment in the Arab World program at IFI and the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
The panel that took place on the 3rd of December featured Karim Makdisi from IFI -AUB; Roula Majdalani from the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia; Lama El Hatow from IndyACT-The League of Independent Activists; and Rabi Mohtar from the Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute (QEERI). This event coincided with the proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which took place in Doha and was attended by IFI as part of the official Lebanese delegation. IFI’s delegation was composed of Karim Makdisi, Associate Director; Nadim Farajalla, Faculty Research Director of the program; and Rana El Hajj, Program Coordinator. Earlier in the day, Makdisi had discussed in a closed meeting with activists participating in the events of COP18 his article, "Doha as Host for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change”, published in November’s Issue of PERSPECTIVES: Political Analysis and Commentary from the Middle East & North Africa. PERSPECTIVES is published by Heinrich Boll Foundation. Read Dr. Makdisi's article ||| Video ||| Audio (click twice)