Building A Culture Of Sustainable Communities, Economies & Environments

April, 2010

As part of the USAID-funded Education for Sustainable Development Project, CID, together with the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), organized a conference on sustainable development at the Nile Hotel (previously the Nile Hilton) in October. The conference was the first of its kind in Egypt, highlighting the importance of environment and sustainable development in the Middle East and initiating a new approach to development locally.

With delegates from the Far East, Africa, the Caribbean, the US and Latin America, the event attracted over 190 visitors. The two-day conference successfully brought together NGOs, academics, the private sector, and donor agencies. Dr. Laila Iskandar, Community Development specialist and founding partner of CID, presided over the conference.

Guests included Ms. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director of CEDARE, HE Ambassador Margaret Scobey, US Ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Peter Cohen, Social Specialist at the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Ann Leonard, Director of the “The Story of Stuff” Project, Mr. Ali Dessouki, Deputy Director of the GTZ in Egypt and Ms. Sheela Patel, Founding Director of SPARC and Chair of Slum Dwellers International (SDI).

The closing ceremony included the screening of original feature film Garbage Dreams by Mai Iskandar.

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