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Partnership Newsletter

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[Issue 1 2012]

Regional Activities - Middle East and West Asia

PCFV receives political mandate clean fuels and vehicles work in Arab region

The Council of Arab Ministers responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), in their 22nd meeting held on 19-20 December 2010 at the League of Arab States, Cairo, Egypt endorsed the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) to work with countries in the region and pursue a regional approach to clean fuels and vehicles. 22 countries attended the meeting.

The league of Arab States was mandated to establish of Ad-hoc Working Group on Clean Fuels and Vehicles in the Arab Region, to prepare a detailed Road Map for the region based on an assessment of the current situation and the needs of the countries, sub-regions and region as a whole. The Road Map is to be submitted to the countries for review and comment prior submission to the League for final approval.

The Working group will work taking in consideration the priorities of the Arab countries and the experience of other regions, UNEP and relevant international and Regional organization and enhancing relevant legislations. It also mandated that the working group consist of countries experts, CAMRE Technical Secretariat, UNEP/ROWA, CEDARE, and relevant international and regional organizations.

The PCFV which has successfully completed its global lead phase-out from gasoline except for 6 countries has accelerated its campaign for low sulphur fuels.

The Council of Ministers action follows the endorsement by The Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) in a meeting held on 16 October 2010 of the PCFV Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles for Clean Air Policy Forum held in Sept 2010 in Cairo. The presentation at JCEDAR was made by UNEP’s Regional office for West Asia (ROWA) jointly with and the CAMRE Technical Secretariat and CEDARE, the PCFV strategic implementation partner for Middle East region.

It was further stated that the Working group should hold two meeting during the first half of 2011 and to submit its report to the 13th meeting. The 13th meeting of JCEDAR is to take place in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Clean Fleet Management Toolkit Training - September 2010, Dubai, UAE

A UNEP-sponsored training on the Clean Fleet Management Toolkit was held 28 - 30 September 2010 in Hotel Flora Creek, Dubai, as part of a series of global trainings designed for fleet managers. The first day was attended by 14 participants who were trained to be trainers. A total of 22 (mostly private sector) participants from the Middle East and Africa attended the other 2 days, where they received a general clean fleet training for managers. Using the toolkit, they learned various strategies for improving the environmental performance of their fleet. The event was jointly coordinated by UNEP representative and the AMEA CR team.

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PCFV holds Middle East clean fuels & vehicles meeting in Cairo in September 2010

The United Nations Environment Programme - Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) and the League of Arab States (LAS) hosted a two day regional forum titled "Middle East Cleaner Fuels & Vehicles for Clean Air Policy Forum".

The participants, made up of representatives of the government, private sector, non-governmental organisations, and international organizations held a series of discussions on the current status of clean fuels and vehicles in their respective countries, the main challenges and opportunities, and the key strategies needed to move the agenda forward in terms of clean fuels and vehicles in the region to achieve the cleaner air, that participants agreed, was needed for the region.

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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.
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Policy Development Meeting for the Middle East and North Africa

This meeting was hosted jointly by the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles and the Asian Clean Fuels Association . The gathering learnt from the pooled experiences of countries in the region and international experts and arrived at possible national plans of action to alleviate the growing scale of urban air pollution in Arab cities caused by vehicles, some of which are amongst the worst in the world. UNEP offices in Bahrain, Nairobi and Cairo were instrumental to the organisation of this meeting, this conference is seen as a first step of many steps to come in a process to bring about better air quality for the Arab states.
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