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A More Sustainable Future? Tunisia’s Climate and Energy Challenges

A More Sustainable Future? Tunisia’s Climate and Energy Challenges

Date(s) - 03/07/2022
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Middle East Policy Forum-The George Washington University


Monday, March 7th, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST | Via Zoom

In 2014, Tunisia became the first country in the MENA region to include recognition of climate change in its constitution, guaranteeing the right to “a sound and balanced environment while contributing to the safety of the climate by all available means.” Thus, the country set out to significantly reduce its carbon footprint over the next two decades. With limited access to energy resources, Tunisia has the unique opportunity to develop its renewable energy sectors. Yet, the country faces a range of other challenges–including its economic reliance on agricultural food production–that require policy innovations beyond developing  sustainable energy sources.

This panel brings together three specialists on Tunisia’s unique climate and energy challenges, Achref Chibani, Dr. Hanne Knaepen, and Dr. Adel Ben Youseff, to explore the possibilities and problems facing Tunisia as global average temperatures rise. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Graham H. Cornwell, Assistant Dean for Research at the Elliott School of International Affairs. The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.
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Achref Chibani is a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars and a Tunisian journalist, researcher, and civil society activist.
Dr. Hanne Knaepen is Head of Green Transitions and Climate Action workstream at the European Centre for Development Policy Management.
Dr. Adel Ben Youssef is an international expert on climate change, green economy, and energy transition.
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