UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) | The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

UN ESCWA, now headquartered in Beirut, was established in 1973 to stimulate economic activity in its member countries and strengthen cooperation in promoting development. APN has forged a strong partnership with ESCWA through collaborative activities and contribution in expert consultation meetings, both as a speaker and participant. In these meetings, APN provides feedback to the High-level Political Forum that tracks the implementation of sustainable development goals.

Furthermore, APN and ESCWA were selected as Co-chairs for the Arab League Working Group for Eliminating Hunger in Conflict-Inflicted Countries. 

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Activities:

  • APN advocates for a stop to wars and support to small farmers at Arab Regional Food Systems Dialogue (More).

  • APN contributed to setting the Terms of Reference for the Working Group for Eliminating Hunger in Conflict-Inflicted Countries, at its first meeting held at the UN ESCWA Headquarters in Beirut in March 2019.       
  • In 2018, APN organized a multi-stakeholder regional conference with ESCWA, in Beirut, to discuss the implications of protracted crises on food security and nutrition in the Arab region, under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Ghazi Zuaiter.  It was attended by government representatives from conflict-inflicted countries, including Yemen, Palestine, Iraq, and Palestine; regional and international intergovernmental organizations; civil society organizations from 9 different Arab countries; donors; as well as participants from the private sector.  
  • APN gave effective input on behalf of Arab civil society at the High-Level Arab Forum on Sustainable Development in 2014, and subsequent years, and successfully pushed for the inclusion of food security and agriculture into the proposals for Sustainable Development Goals for the Arab Region.
  • In 2013, ESCWA and APN invited ANFS members as Arab Civil Society representatives at the  Expert Group Meeting on Green Agricultural Value Chains for Improving Livelihood in the Arab Region. (More).