In a concerted effort to address the critical intersection of climate change and human mobility, the UCLG-MEWA, in collaboration with Greater As-Salt Municipality, successfully organized a one-day workshop in the picturesque city of As-Salt, Jordan on March 5, 2024.

UCLG-MEWA, driven by its dedication to ongoing sustainability initiatives, orchestrated this vital workshop to delve into the intricate relationship between climate change, environmental factors, and human mobility. Focused on the unique challenges faced by cities in Jordan, the event provided a crucial platform for experts, municipal staff, policymakers, and practitioners to collectively explore the multifaceted challenges and potential solutions associated with climate-induced displacement.

The opening segment of the workshop witnessed the participation of prominent figures, including Dr. Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary-General, and Eng. Mohammad Alhyari, Mayor of As-Salt. Their presence underscored the collective commitment to addressing climate change and human mobility challenges in the region.

“Let’s ramp up our readiness for climate change mitigation in Jordan! By steering towards sustainability, we’re protecting our environment and boosting the green economy.”

Eng. Mohammad Al-Hiary, Mayor of As-Salt

Rakez Al Khalaileh, UCLG-MEWA Jordan Country Representative, played a significant role in the inaugural session. In his address, he emphasized the critical involvement of Jordanian cities in initiatives spearheaded by UCLG-MEWA. Al Khalaileh underscored the importance of active participation and engagement at the municipal level in driving the success of endeavors addressing climate change challenges.

“This collaborative gathering, made possible with the invaluable support of Greater Salt Municipality, aims to explore the multifaceted challenges and potential solutions associated with climate and human flow, specifically tailored to the unique context of cities in Jordan.”

 Dr. Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary-General

The workshop featured an insightful lecture titled “Climate Change, Mobility, and Cities: Understanding the Impact and Building Resilience” delivered by the esteemed expert, Mohammad Asfour. Additionally, Aya Hammad from UN-Habitat Jordan Office presented a comprehensive overview titled “Mainstreaming Migration and Climate Change in Local Plans.” These sessions provided valuable insights into the complex dynamics of climate-induced migration and underscored the need for proactive planning and resilience-building measures.

The event facilitated interactive working groups, providing participants with the opportunity to actively engage in discussions, share experiences, and brainstorm potential solutions. Through these interactive sessions, city representatives were able to articulate the current challenges they face related to climate and human mobility and envision the future ahead.

The workshop proved to be immensely fruitful, with participants expressing satisfaction over the rich exchange of ideas and the actionable strategies proposed during the event. The shared commitment to developing resilient and sustainable cities in the face of climate change emerged as a unifying theme throughout the day.

As UCLG-MEWA continues to champion initiatives that promote environmental sustainability and address the impacts of climate change, this workshop stands as a testament to the organization’s dedication to creating a more resilient and interconnected future for the MEWA Region. The outcomes of this gathering are expected to guide future policies and actions, contributing to the shared goal of building cities that thrive in the face of climate challenges.

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