Area 2: Sustainable development

Short-term objective 2 (Outcome)

Promote good practices for sustainable development and contribute to the development of a sound business-enabling environment by encouraging the private sector and other stakeholders to use international standards to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development.

This project objective is directly linked with the following outputs and activities:


Output 2.1: National human capacity built on the use of international standards linked to sustainable development, with focus on greener economy (environment, energy, water)

Output 2.2: Improved national awareness on international standards linked to sustainable development, with focus on greener economy (environment, energy, water)


Related activities

In order to achieve these two outputs, each country through their National Steering Committee (NSC) set up by the NSB, will select national trainees that will be trained in three focus areas as follows:

  • four national trainees in the area of energy management and energy efficiency;
  • four national trainees in the area of environmental management; and
  • four national trainees in the area of water management and water footprinting.

The project includes a series of events where the national trainees will participate to enhance their knowledge first, and then go to the national level and apply what they have learnt, by replicating training and engaging in practical exercises. The national trainees will participate in a dedicated regional Training of Trainers (TOT) organized for each of the three focus areas in English and French. In this training, they will have the opportunity to participate in exercises and group work, and practice their presentation skills under supervision of the international experts. Thereafter, the four trainees will go to their countries and co-deliver presentations with an international expert in two events at the national level. These events will consist in a 1-day awareness-raising seminar open to a wider audience of up to 100 participants, and immediately followed by a 2-day workshop aimed at a selected group of 25 participants (up to near 40 participants might be possible in the case of energy focus area). Both events at the national level will be hosted by the NSBs with the financial support from the project.

With the aim to consolidate the knowledge gained and build up on new content and skills developed by trainees, a second round of the same three type of activities mentioned above will be conducted as follows: 1) a second regional refresher TOT (English and French), 2) a second awareness-raising seminar and workshop.


Number of events and trainees per country (for the entire project duration)

At the end of the project there would be per country:

  • A total of 12 national trainees trained in 6 regional ToTs (4 national trainees per focus area),
  • Trainees will facilitate in total 12 national events including: 2 awareness seminars and 2 workshops for each of the three focus areas. Hence, 4 events for the area of energy, 4 for environment and 4 for water.
  • A couple of case studies or practical implementation per focus area (to be agreed with the international experts for each focus area).

The project includes a series of events where the national trainees will participate to enhance their knowledge first, and then go to the national level and apply what they have learnt, by replicating training and engaging in practical exercises. Table 1 below summaries the activities per focus area

Table 1 - Details of events planned per focus area
Focus area Event Duration No. of participants

Energy management /
Water management /
Environmental management

1. Regional Training-of-Trainers 4-5 days 4 / country
2. National awareness seminar (1st round) 1 day 30 to 100
3. National workshop (1st round) 2 days 20 to 40
4. Regional Training-of-Trainers, refresher 4-5 days Same 4 / country
5. National awareness seminar (2nd round) 1 day 30 to 100
6. National workshop (2nd round) 2 days 20 to 40

Selection criteria of national trainees

National trainees will be selected by the National Steering Committee through consensus in each country after carrying out interviews and assessing their applications. A system of points can be used to compare candidates. It is highly recommend that only one trainee is proposed by the NSB for each focus area in order to provide opportunity for the related stakeholders in each beneficiary country to be engaged in the capacity building activities.


Output 1.3: Regional cooperation and awareness on the role and benefits of International Standards improved among MENA countries 


Related activities

There are no activities planned for 2015. Regional workshops on selected topics will be discussed during the next JCC for implementation in the following years.

During the launch meeting there was discussion on the regional workshops themes related to sustainable development. The original proposal was to organize a series of 6 regional workshops on the themes chosen by countries. The themes tentatively agreed for the regional workshops are:

  • Energy management
  • Water management
  • LCA and Carbon footprint
  • Health and Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainable cities/construction

The themes would be therefore validated at the next JCC meeting in 2016 for implementation over the remaining years of the project.

Other details as number of national participants, stakeholder groups and outline programme will be discussed at that meeting