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Partnership Newsletter


[Issue 1 2012]

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Policy Development

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) and in collaboration with the Asian Clean Fuels Association (ACFA) hosted a successful and well attended Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Policy Development meeting on Clean Fuels and Vehicles in Manama, Bahrain on 12 - 13th March 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

There was a wide range of representation from the region by 14 countries including a broad participation by stakeholders. Sttakeholders participation included governments that saw representation from Ministries of Health, Education, Environment, Industry, Commerce, Transportation and Energy. Also present were the fuels and vehicle Industry as well as Academia and Civil Society.

Countries represented from both the GCC included Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as representatives from the following League of Arab States (LAS) / Middle East: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen.

Following the Cairo conference in 2006 and the reaffirmation of the importance of phasing out lead and lowering sulphur levels in fuels, as well; as the global target of 50ppm sulphur in Fuel agreed in the 4th GPM, the meeting served as a significant step in engaging these countries in further discussions and cooperation at the national level to create national action plans on the better implementation of clean fuels and vehicles and sustainable air quality management within the region. To this end, the meeting aimed at developing a clear vision of the way forward for cleaner fuels and vehicles with the aim of harmonization of standards within GCC countries, along with the steps to be taken at the national levels, with the objective to improve air urban quality in the region and sensitizing stake holders and policy makers.

The concept paper, agenda, participants list and the meeting's recommendations are posted on the website. Please contact the Clearing-House, at UNEP, for any more information or questions regarding this event.