Recycled food served to AFED conference guests
Lunch menu during the Arab Forum for Environment and Development’s conference on sustainable consumption constituted entirely of local organic food that did not include red meat. Moreover, this was the first conference in the Arab region where "recycled" food was served: intact Mediterranean fish served on day one were used to make a delicious fish-filet plate on day two. In addition, no plastic bottles were used during the two day conference, only reusable glass bottles.
AFED held its eighth annual conference in Beirut, based on a flagship report that it had produced with emphasis on energy, water and food.
The conference brought together 600 delegates from 48 countries, representing governments, corporations, regional and international organizations, research centers, universities, civil society and the media. AFED secretary general
cited draft recommendations for Arab governments and institutions, advocating that adopting appropriate consumption patterns is key to rational management of resources, and contributes to sustainable development and environmental conservation. Later Saab presented these recommendations to the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.
Najib Saab at conference opening
During the opening ceremony, from the left: Deputy Henri Helou, AFED Secretary General Najib Saab, Minister of Energy Arthur Nazarian, Jordanin Minister of Environment Taher Shakhshir and Minister of Environment Mohammed Machnouk
Dr. Ibrahim Abdelgelil presenting AFED report on Sustainable Consumption