MENA Climate Week 2022 - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
28-31 March 2022
Special event

MENA Climate Week 2022

Dubai, MENA Climate Week Host
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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The first Middle East and North Africa Climate Week, MENACW 2022, signals a new era of cooperation on climate in the region. MENACW 2022 is one of the first opportunities to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Glasgow Climate Pact adopted during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The event will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 28 to 31 March 2022. 

Registration for MENACW 2022 is now open; participants are encouraged to pre-register by visiting the MENACW 2022 registration website.

MENA Climate Week 2022 provides a platform for governments, cities, private sector leaders, financial institutions and civil society to discuss opportunities to build forward from the pandemic by identifying opportunities to enhance climate action. The event will bring together key stakeholders to assess climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities, and showcase ambitious solutions. 

This event is hosted by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The event is organized in collaboration with core partners United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank Group. Partners based in the MENA region include the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the League of Arab States (LAS) Secretariat and ESCWA.


High-Level Segment

  • High-level panel discussion on accelerating implementation in this critical decade - 28 March 12:30 to 13:25 PM (UAE Time) - Link 
    Special Keynote Address of Dr. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, ESCWA 

  • Ministerial roundtable (Closed) - Co-conveners: COP Presidencies, Ministers and heads of MENACW with MENA Partners: UNFCCC Secretariat, League of Arab State Secretariat, UNEP, World Bank, UNDP, IRENA, IsDB, ESCWA - 28 March 14:30 to 16:30 PM (UAE Time)

Affiliated Events

Contributions to Tracks

Track 1: National actions and economy wide approaches

  • Session 1: Planning and Implementing Long Term Strategies for Sustainable and Inclusive Development - Co-conveners: ESCWA, WorldBank, UNFCCC - 29 March 9:00 to 10:30 AM (UAE Time) - Link to attend virtually 

  • Session 4: Climate Finance in MENA Region: Where we stand & the way forward - Co-conveners: ESCWA, World Bank, Global Fund for Cities Development - 30 March 2:00 to 3:30 PM (UAE Time) - Link to attend virtually 

  • Session 3: Role of Youth in a Just and Inclusive Energy Transition in the MENA Region - Co-conveners: ESCWA, World Bank, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar - 31 March 9:00 to 10:30 AM (UAE Time) - Link to attend virtually 


Track 2:Integrated approaches for climate-resilient development

  • Session 2: Resilient Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Demonstrating the importance of an inclusive, just and green recovery - Co-conveners: ESCWA, UNDP, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) - 29 March 11:00 to 12:30 PM (UAE Time) - Link to attend virtually 
    Briefing Note


Track 3: Seizing transformation opportunities

  • Session 2: Transformative Climate Action through Digitalization: Blockchain Technologies - Co-conveners: ESCWA, UNEP - 29 March 11:00 to 12:30 PM (UAE Time) - Link to attend virtually 

  • Session 3: Technology Options for a Just and Inclusive Energy Transition - Co-conveners: ESCWA, UNEP, IRENA and UNFCCC - 31 March 9:00 to 10:30 AM (UAE Time) - Link  to attend virtually 

  • Session 3a: Collaboration and Partnerships to Accelerate a Sustainable and Just Energy Transition - Co-conveners: ESCWA, UNEP, IRENA and UNFCCC - 31 March 11:00 to 12:30 PM (UAE Time) - Link to attend virtually 


Contributions to other events

  • Side Event: The Water and Energy Nexus in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region - Co-conveners: ESCWA, World Bank - 28 March 13:15 to 14:15 PM (UAE Time) 

  • Virtual Side Event: Climate-Energy-Economy Modelling for a Low Carbon Future: A participatory approach - Co-conveners: ESCWA, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Cyprus Institute, German Jordanian University (GJU)28 March 13:15 to 14:15 PM (UAE Time)

  • Affiliated Event: Decarbonization through the Circular Carbon Economy: The role and impact of carbon markets - Co-conveners: ESCWA, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, Aeon Strategies 28 March 15:15 to 16:30 PM (UAE Time) - Dubai Expo

  • Affiliated Event: First Global Stocktake - Co-conveners: ESCWA, UNFCCC - 30 March 9:00 to 11:45 AM (UAE Time)

  • Affiliated Event: ACE Focal Points Workshop - Co-conveners: ESCWA, UAE Ministry Of Climate Change and Environment, WGEO, Regional Collaboration Centre for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (RCC for MENA and SA), UNFCCC - 30 March 13:30 to 16:30 PM (UAE Time)



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Outcome document

The key messages from the MENA Climate Week were stated at the closing ceremony, which can be accessed through this link.


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