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Event series on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

From October 15, 2020 until June 30, 20217:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

Casa Árabe is preparing a new series of conferences, this time about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during the second half of 2020 and first half of 2021.

Of the seventeen SDGs established by the UN, six have been identified as particularly affecting the region of our interest:

- On October 8, we will be discussing the Environment (Goal 13) and how instability in our surrounding world can put sustainability at risk.

- After this, on October 22, we will be taking a closer look at the topic of Health (Goal 3), and more specifically at a factor which has seldom been discussed, that of Mental Health, and its impact on development in Arab societies, above all in conflict areas.

- On November 4, we will be discussing Employment and Youth (Goal 8), because youth unemployment in the Arab countries in the Mediterranean remains among the highest in the world.

- Starting in 2021, we will be analyzing Education (Goal 4), Gender (Goal 5) and Poverty (Goal 1), areas in which this region also lags significantly behind others in the world.
Event series on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The challenges of environmental stress on Arab countries

    October 15, 202011:00 a.m.
    Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel 11:00 a.m.
    We are now officially opening our series of conferences on Sustainable Development Goals with this session devoted to Goal 13 (Environment), to be held on October 15. 
    At present, the Middle East and North Africa region is facing a wide range of environmental tensions which include water shortages, the depletion of arable land, air pollution, improper waste management, a decrease in biodiversity, fewer marine resources and the degradation of coastal ecosystems. In 2013, the UN International Panel on Climate Change pointed out that it is one of the regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and the environmental stress expected to occur on a widespread basis due to rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as a rise in the variability of rainfall and population growth, particularly in cities. The repercussions of these climate risks in terms of food and water security, and the resulting conflicts, are raring their heads in an increasingly noticeable way.

    It is within this context that Casa Árabe has invited two guests who are highly knowledgeable about these challenges and some of the paths towards mitigating such an alarming situation. Julia Choucair, a researcher with the Real Instituto Elcano, and Mar Hidalgo, an analyst at the Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies, will be discussing this subject with Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Relations Coordinator.