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Regional Workshop on Women Participation in Green Economy within Climate change

Report by:Haffiya Abdalla

Green economy
At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), Green Economy -in the context of sustainable development and eradication of poverty- was recognized as a tool to achieve sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The UN Environment Programme has defined Green Economy as “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” In its simplest expression, a Green Economy can be considered as one that is low in carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

The Minister of Social Development, Ahmed Adam Bakheet, addressed the regional workshop on women’s participation in the green economy and dealing with climate variables, which was organized by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources, with the participation of official and voluntary bodies, civil society organizations, experts , the League of Arab States and representatives from the countries , digital platform , October 4, in the Hall of the National Forest Authority, within the framework of Sudan’s presidency of the 41st session of the Arab Women’s Committee, in which Khartoum was approved as the capital of Arab women 2022-2023 under the slogan “Women is a homeland”

The Minister praised Sudan’s efforts by fulfilling its obligations towards implementing the recommendations of the 41st session of the Arab Women’s Committee despite the challenges.

He mentioned that cooperation and partnership with various parties can overcome difficulties.

He thanked the Arab countries that participated in the workshop and the experts who presented rich papers in the field of climate change and supporting women in the green economy. On the other hand, His Excellency presided over the working sessions of the workshop

Minister Plenipotentiary Doaa Fouad Khalifa, Director of the Women’s Department at the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, praised Sudan’s efforts in implementing the activities of Khartoum, the capital of Arab women, within the recommendations of the 41st session of the Arab Women Committee

She emphasized the university’s support for Sudan’s efforts in implementing its recommendations, especially supporting women in the green economy as well

Souad Dishol Mahmoud, Director of the General Administration of Women, welcomed the participants from the relevant authorities and Arab countries.

She stressed Sudan’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the 41st session of the Arab Women’s Committee

Dr. Rehab Abdel-Mageed, Acting Secretary-General of the Higher Council for the Environment and Natural Resources, thanks for the tight coordination between the Ministry and the Council in the framework of implementing the activities of Khartoum, the capital of Arab women, and affirmed the commitment to cooperate with the Ministry…

The Minister thanked all the participating parties in the workshop, the Arab countries and the Higher Council for the Environment for their support of the activities.

The workshop came out with a number of recommendations that may be a road map in the field of supporting and participating women in the green economy

Circular Economy:

Circular Economy as an Essential Driver for Solid Municipal Waste Management Improvement in Khartoum State was apaper presented by Dr. Bushra Hamid Ahmed(M.Sc,PhD)

Municipal waste is one of the major challenges to the environment in Sudan.

This inadequacy and challenge of Amunicipal waste management could be attributed to several reasons; major among them is lack of finance and financial resources. To avoid this problem it is highly recommended for environmental authorities to think about unconventional methods of finance. (Circular economy ).

The objective of this paper is to:Assess the benefits of circular economy towards municipal waste management in Khartoum State.Explore the potentiality of circular economy and its role in municipal waste management improvement in Khartoum State.Assess the potential revenues of municipal waste recycling in Khartoum State.Explore new unconventional methods of revenues for municipal waste management.

The concept of the circular economy has its roots in several schools of thought and theories that challenge the prevailing economic system based on overconsumption of natural resources.

Dr.Bushra pointed out that in recent years the circular economy has received increasing attention worldwide due to the recognition that security of supply of resources and resource efficiency are crucial for the prosperity of economies and businesses.

Khartoum State is the major one in Sudan; in an area of about 36,000 Km2 with a population of about 12 million inhabitants and an amount of about 2,000,000 tons of solid waste generated
annually.

This is associated with inadequate service of waste management and increased cost of operation and low revenues. Adoption of conventional methods of service, fees collection and funding methods are no longer valid and affordable for integrated waste management.

Analyzing circular economy and its benefit to municipal waste management in Khartoum state we can conclude that:Municipal waste suffers much in both capital and operation cost funding.Municipal waste performance is inadequate due to lack of financial resources.Municipal waste recycling as a major driver for municipal waste management in Khartoum State.

He recommended that Adoption of circular economy policy and planning in municipal waste recycling in Khartoum State.Formulation of circular economy action plan for Khartoum State.Encouragement of circular economy activities by government authorities.Increase awareness about circular economy.

Capacity building for community and private sector in concepts and practice of circular economy.

Rally of international support for circular economy development in Khartoum State.

Preparation of institutional and legal setup to adopt and implement circular economy in Khartoum State.

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