Media advisory

9 Sep 2019

Beirut, Lebanon

ESCWA hosts the International Forum on Climate Finance and Sustainable Cities

Two sustainable buildings

Beirut, 12-13 September 2019

What:    International Forum on “Climate Finance and Sustainable Cities” organized by the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) in partnership with ESCWA, the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).
When:             Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2019
Opening: Thursday 12 at 9:00am
Where:            ESCWA Headquarters, Riad el-Solh Square, Beirut, Lebanon
Opening statements:

  • Mr. Fady Jreissati, Minister of Environment in Lebanon;
  • Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General (video message);
  • Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of ESCWA;
  • Mr. Daniele Violetti, Director of Finance, Technology and Capacity-building (FTC) Programme of UNFCCC

Participants include a wide range of stakeholders from Governments, climate funds, financial institutions, civil society, think tanks and the private sector.
Why:      Droughts and land degradation are driving food insecurity and humanitarian crises. Flash floods are damaging the homes and shelters of the most vulnerable in several Arab countries, and have taken the lives of people in cities and rural areas.
This international forum will be an opportunity to highlight key unmet needs of Arab States on the global stage and deepen understanding of how to accelerate the mobilization and delivery of climate finance for sustainable cities. It will allow stakeholders to share good practices, lessons and challenges.
The 8 sessions of the forum will explore the role of climate finance in facilitating inclusive, participatory, gender-responsive and youth-oriented cities.
The ESCWA Communication and Information Unit (ECIU) kindly asks media representatives wishing to cover this meeting to confirm their attendance at +96170008879.


For more information:
-Ms Rania Harb, Public Information Assistant, +961-70-008-879; email:

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