The planet’s changing climate is a phenomenon that has become more vivid in recent years with the growing number of intense weather occurrences and rising temperatures. The MENA region is among the most impacted by climate change and its resultant challenges. In addition to the many social and humanitarian implications, the economic impact for the region is one that needs immediate attention. For a region that is heavily invested in traditional oil and gas sectors, the challenge for the region will be to transition sustainably—quickly. This shift will require enormous amounts of capital, which governments cannot provide alone.
What are the current trends around green finance in the region including investment trends as related to sustainability? How has China progressed in green finance and clean technology? What lessons does China’s progression potential provide for the MENA region?
Director of the Think Tank, Paulson Institute
Amb. Yasser El Naggar
CEO, EN Investment; non-resident scholar, MEI
Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University; former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Deborah Lehr, moderator
CEO, Basilinna; Board member, MEI
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