The Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2023

Discussing climate solutions for the Middle East and North Africa regions ahead of COP28

  • Date
    08.10.23 > 12.10.23
  • Time
    06:00 am > 09:59 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Registration

The government of Saudia Arabia will host the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2023 in the city of Riyadh from 8-12 October, 2023.

The Middle East and North America Climate Week 2023 offers a platform for regional policymakers, practitioners, businesses, and civil society to convene before the UN Climate Change Conference COP28. Discussions will focus on climate solutions, implementation challenges, and regional opportunities, and the event is part of a series of Regional Climate Weeks leading up to COP28.

The conference will explore four key tracks, contributing region-specific insights to the global stocktake: energy systems and industry, urban and rural development, land and water management, and societal well-being and economies.

CGIAR Participation in the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week

Date Time Event Description
Location CGIAR Speakers
October 8 14:00 – 15:00
Adaptation Committee: Boosting region-wide coherence on adaptation
The event aims to promote collaboration and coherence for adaptation of regional efforts across borders in the MENA region. The session will identify the remaining adaptation gaps and needs, recognize opportunities for strengthening coherent implementation and support, and co-design solutions aligned with global efforts.
Neom, Boulevard Riyadh City
  • Frans Schapendonk, CGIAR
  • Tina Jaskolski, CGIAR
October 10 09:00 – 10:00
Harnessing Rigorous Evidence to Address Climate Risks: Taking Stock of Research and Innovations in the MENA Region

This event examines ongoing studies and advancements in the MENA region that focus on mitigating climate hazards, providing insights into data-driven approaches for understanding and managing climate risks effectively.

Zone 5.8, TBD
  • Sikandra Kurdi, IFPRI
  • Alaa Mazloum, IFPRI
October 12 09:00 – 10:00
Expanding Wastewater Reuse in MENA: A Research-informed Policy Pathways

This event delves into evidence-based strategies for increasing wastewater reuse in the MENA region, sharing knowledge and insights on policy development, technology, and implementation to address water scarcity and promote sustainable water resource management.

Zone 5.5, Meeting Room
  • Javier Sagasta Mateo, IWMI
  • Youssef Brouziyne, IWMI
October 12 09:00 – 10:00

Integrated Desert Farming Systems: Innovation for Climate Resilience in MENA

This event explores the Integrated Desert Farming Systems (IDFS) approach, which unites ancient oasis farming wisdom with cutting-edge innovation. IDFS enhances agri-productivity in arid climates, reducing energy and water consumption, curbing feed import reliance, optimizing grazing, recycling waste, and integrating new tech for a sustainable global dryland solution.

Zone, Al Ula
  • Mahmoud Khedr, ICARDA
  • Ahmed Nasr-Allah, WorldFish
October 12 13:00 – 14:00
Towards Lower GHG Emissions Agriculture in North Africa: Current Status

This event focuses on the state of greenhouse gas emissions in North Africa’s agriculture sector, focusing on ongoing efforts, challenges, and opportunities to reduce emissions and enhance sustainability, contributing to global climate goals.

Zone 3, Action Hub
  • Youssef Brouziyne, IWMI
  • Tek Sapkota, CIMMYT