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United Nations Development Programme
Arab Climate Resilience Initiative IsDB Workshop
ACRI - Arab Climate Resilience Initiative
Dead Sea - Jordan
09 May 2016
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Dead Sea - Jordan
2015 was a critical year for the sustainable development agenda, with the launch of the new post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals during the 65th Session of the UnitedNations General Assembly in New York, the expected launch of a new global climate change framework at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris, and the gathering of world leaders in Addis Ababa for 3rd UN Financing for Development (FfD) Conference to review innovative means of financing the world’s evolving development agenda. These and other global policy frameworks require us to think about how we approach development finance.
This holds special importance for issues such as sustainable use of energy and water resources, both key issues in the afore-mentioned global policy frameworks. As countries around the world face risks from growing levels of energy and water insecurity, opportunities for more sustainable use have risen to the top of the policy agenda. This is true at both the national level, as countries seek to de-risk development pathways and ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability, and within strategic frameworks of providers of development assistance in the UN and International Financial Institutions (IFIs).
As we look to the future in the post-2015 era, efficiency of energy and water use will be two of the most important areas for securing development results. Public and private investments in energy efficiency and water conservation across various sectors is one of the most cost-effective and impactful ways of achieving global and national development goals.

The challenges noted above hold special importance for the Arab region, as it has the world’s highest levels of water insecurity, and is split between countries being energy-import dependent or net energy exporters, but with excessive domestic consumption. Energy and water insecurity has risen to the top of the policy agenda in most countries in the region, with energy and water challenges having direct implications for broader fiscal decision-making, social vulnerability and economic recovery. But the region is also seeing important opportunities for transformative change, with levels of public and private investment into new green technologies rising as countries as they seek to prevent future energy and water bottlenecks to growth and development. As noted by recent reports, such as the 2015 Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) on Energy Efficiency and the 2013 Arab Water Governance Report, important roles exist for leadership and ambition in public policy, technology innovation and scaled-up finance by the private sector, and a more strategic role by partners like the UN and IFIs in bringing forth global best practices and brokering new strategic partnerships.

By convening this regional forum in 2016, IsDB and UNDP seek to bring together national partners engaged in sustainable energy and water conservation initiatives to capture lessons learned from cooperation in recent years. The forum will review energy and water trends and scenarios in the region, and local best practices and case studies in energy efficiency and water conservation experienced through IsDB and UNDP assistance projects, including those supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It will also convene regional entities and private sector partners to engage in a dialogue with national partners focusing on how new partnerships are needed to scale-up results and adopt innovative solutions on issues surrounding the energy-water nexus in post-2015 era in the region. A number of key themes to be addressed are:
• Showcasing lessons learned on energy and water saving potentials in the region from ongoing
energy and water projects supported by ISDB and UNDP, including GEF supported initiatives;
challenges to maximizing energy and water efficiency potentials; economic benefits of energy
conservation and best practices in water conservation, and opportunities for scaling-up results.
• Exploring innovative financial measures available to support energy and water efficiency
initiatives; market tools for achieving energy efficiency and best practices in energy services
companies; opportunities from sequencing ODA from IsDB and UNDP assistance; and a
roadmap for local institutions to enhance energy and water efficiency results.
• Review trends in public-private partnerships for energy and water efficiency; barriers to scaled-up
private sector finance; and the role of policy frameworks for de-risking investments.
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Other Information
1. Accommodation and Venue of the meeting

1.1. Meeting venue:
The meeting will be held at Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa located in Dead Sea.
Crowne Plaza Jordan - Dead Sea Resort & Spa
Swemieh-18186, Jordan
PO Box 100

1.2. Arrival and Departure:
Participants are expected to arrive on 8 May and depart on 10 May 2016 unless additional nights are required by travel constraints.
Please be advised that the hotel rooms are available for guest check-in after 15:00 hrs. Guests arriving earlier will be checked in as soon as rooms become available. Consideration for checkout extensions later than 12:00 noon can only be confirmed on the date of departure.

1.3. Hotel Accommodation:
Rooms have been reserved for participants attending the conference at Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa.
UNDP will cover participants’ accommodation for 2 nights from 8 till 10 May, 2016 unless additional nights are required by travel constraints.
Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred during their stay such as mini-bar, alcohol, telephone calls, laundry, business center, spa, etc.

1.4. Extra Meals
Participants can dine at Ambrosia Restaurant located on the 2nd floor. The dinner will be an open buffet including one round of soft drinks. Alcohol, tobacco and shisha are not covered.
Lunch and coffee will be provided at the meeting on 9-10 May 2016.

1.5. Social Dinner
A social dinner will be held at the hotel on 9 May 2016; the venue will be disclosed at a later stage.

2. Travel/ Admin Requirements

2.1. Visa Formalities:
Participants traveling with national passports from non exempt countries should obtain a visa prior to commencing travel to Jordan. Kindly consult the Jordanian Embassy on visa requirements.

2.2. Transportation:
UNDP is arranging for participants’ airport pick-up and drop-off.
Kindly share with us your travel itinerary on the google sheet as per the below link:

3. Facilities

3.1. Fax/ E-mail/Printing
A business center is available at the Hotel for Fax/e-mail and printing of documents.

3.2. Voltage
The voltage in Jordan is 220-240 Volts. The majority outlets accept one type of plug with three rectangular British style pins. If you travel to Jordan with a device that does not accept 220-240 Volts, you will need a voltage converter. Although most laptops are designed for travelers and auto-sense and auto-switch between 110 and 240 volts, participants need to check for this capability before bringing their equipment to Jordan. If a laptop does not have the right plug, you will also need to bring a plug adapter.

3.3. Currency and Exchange Rate
Exchange rate: US$ 1.00 = JOD 0.708
Visa, Master Card & American Express are widely used in Jordan.

3.4. Weather:
You can follow weather updates on Jordan by clicking the below link:

4. Emergency contact numbers:
4.1. Local emergency contacts
• Police 191
• First Aid & Ambulance service: 193 & 199

Monday 9 May 2016
09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 09:45 Opening Statements
  • Senior Government Representative, Kingdom of Jordan (5m)
  • Dr. Walid Abdelwahab, Director, Infrastructure Department, Islamic Development Bank (5m)
  • Mr. Khaled Abdelshafi, Manager, UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States (5m)
09:45 – 10:15 
  • Keynote Speakers: Regional Energy and Water Trends
  • Dr. Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (10m)
  • H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council (10m)
  • H.E Dr. Hussein Al Atfy, Secretary General, Arab Water Council (10m)
10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30 Session 1
  • Social-Economic Benefits of Energy & Water Conservation
  • Moderator: Mr. Chingiz Orujov, Senior Energy Economist, IsDB
  • Case study: Energy Efficiency in Buildings by Professor Patrick James,Energy and Climate Change Division, University of Southampton - UK (15m)
  •  Expert reflections: Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, Head of the Energy & Climate Change Division (ECCD), University of Southampton - UK (15m) 
  • 30m discussion
11:30 – 12:30 Session 2
  • De-Risking Sustainable Energy Investments
  • Moderator: Mr. Kishan Khoday, UNDP Team Leader in the Arab Region for Climate Change, DRR and Resilience
  • Presentation of UNDP-GEF’s Derisking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) Framework, methodology and tool by Mr. Lucas Black, UNDP-GEF Regional Team Leader – Europe, CIS and Arab States and Technical Advisor – Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology (EITT) (15m)
  • Case study: Tunisia Solar Plan NAMA, Mr. Imed Fadhel, UNDP Tunisia Country Office (15m) 
  • 30m discussion
12:30- 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Session 3
  • Energy Finance in Crisis Contexts
  • Moderator: Mr. Stephen Gitonga, UNDP Regional Sustainable Energy Specialist
  • Case study by Ms. Jihan Seoud, Energy and Environment Team Leader, UNDP Lebanon Country Office (15m)
  • Expert reflections: Ms. Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs , Moving Energy Initiative, Chatham House (15m) 
  • 30m discussion
15:00-16:00 Session 4
  • Role of the Private Sector
  • Moderator: Ms. Ridah Sabouni, Managing Director Middle East & North
  • Africa, Energetics Incorporated
  • Case study for hybridizing conventional power plants with Solar PV power presented by Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Vice President Business Development Middle East & Saudi Arabia, First Solar (15m)
  • Expert reflections: CEBC member representative (15m) tbc 
  • 30m discussion
16:00-16:30 Closing: Wrap-up of Day 1
Tuesday 10 May 2016
9:30-10:30 Session 5  
  • Innovations for the Energy-Water Nexus
  • Moderator: Dr. Bandar Alhoweish, Energy Specialist, IsDB
  • Case study – Sahara Forest Project (Qatar) by Mr. Joakim Hauge, Chief Executive Officer of the Sahara Forest Project (15m)
  • Expert reflections: Mr. Karim Elgendy, Founder and coordinator of Carboun(15m) 
  • 30m discussion
10:30-11:30 Session 6 
  • Country Presentation: Brief presentation of project proposals inWater and energy conservation.
  • Moderator: Mr. Chingiz Orujov, Senior Energy Economist, IsDB
  • Project Presentations (4 x 10 min)
  • Expert reflections: (15m)
11:30 – 11:45 Break & Networking
11:45 – 12:30 Session 7
  • The Green Climate Fund: Scaled-up Climate Finance for Energy And Water Goals
  • Moderator: Mr. Walid Ali, UNDP Regional Climate Change Specialist
  • Case study: Mr. Lucas Black, UNDP-GEF Regional Team Leader – Europe, CIS and Arab States and Technical Advisor – Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology (EITT) (15m)
  • 30m discussion
12:30 – 13:00 Closing and Way Forward
  • Mr. Kishan Khoday, UNDP - Mr. Chingiz Orujov, IsDB - Ms. Ridah Sabouni CEBC

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