Issue 9 – October 2022

A publication of Young METO


by Tannaz Zafarani*

The Bright Side’s ninth issue is dedicated to the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh between the 6th to 18th of November 2022. According to the World Bank, capital cities in the Middle East could face up to four months of exceptionally high temperatures, making it one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. A successful COP27 would be a move towards greater human security across the Middle East and the globe. Around 90 heads of state have confirmed attendance alongside climate activists and civil society representatives. We hope that this year’s conferences will improve political will and reaffirm the international commitment towards targeting climate insecurity. (Read more…)

Disarmament & conflict resolution

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[Yemen] Truce or no truce: Transitional justice is Yemen’s only path to healing. As the war completes its eighth year since September 2014, there is a real need to integrate various components of transitional justice into the peace process. This includes truth-telling committees, accountability, reparations, preservation of national memory, institutional reform, and national reconciliation. [Atlantic Council]


[Tunisia] Regions to receive mammography units in 2022. The Health Ministry said 10 regions in several governorates will receive a mammography unit, as part of the “Essaha Aziza” programme implemented in partnership with the European Union. [Tunis Afrique Presse]

Children & Youth

[Egypt] Cairo University establishes largest medical complex for children in Middle East. The complex is complementary to the pediatrics units in Qasr Al-Ainy Hospitals, increasing the bed capacity by more than 300 beds, including intensive care beds and nurseries. [Daily News Egypt]

[Jordan] 135,000 youth empowered — Youth Minister. Institutionalization of the “Maharati” program which has been implemented for the past five years, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the “Generations For Peace” organization. [Jordan News]

Migration & Refugees

[Lebanon] Lebanon begins repatriation of Syria refugees in first since covid. Several buses of Syrian refugee families were repatriated Wednesday morning from different areas in Lebanon. [Middle East Monitor]


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[Saudi Arabia] KSRelief provides COVID-19 vaccines, health services in Yemen. KSRelief has been providing support to Yemen’s national vaccination campaign, implemented by the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population, in 12 governorates. [Arab News]


[Jordan] Environment Ministry opens electronic, electrical waste disposal sites. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). [The Jordan Times]

Food & Water Security

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[Qatar] Construction of Qatar novel protein plant using Unibio technology to begin in 2023. Gulf Biotech, has reached the final stages before construction in the first single-cell protein (SCP) plant project in Qatar. []

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[Israel] Israel to host first international summit on food, climate tech. Israel to host first international summit on food, climate tech. [i24 News]

Renewable Energy

Credit: Arab News

[Oman] Oman earmarks 50 sq km of land for green energy projects. Large swathes of desert land in Oman’s central and southern regions have been earmarked for the implementation of green energy projects. [ZAWYA]


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[United Arab Emirates] 20,000 children enrolled in 226 centers marks milestone for Dubai’s early childhood education. Pre-schoolers are supported by more than 1,300 teachers. [Arab News]

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[Egypt] Egypt to start teaching Chinese in middle schools. “The initiative will mark a new starting point for Chinese language training in Egyptian middle schools.” [Middle East Monitor]


[Syria] Syrian pianist ranks first in a musical competition in Switzerland. Juman Omran, a Syrian pianist, ranked first among tens of other musicians who took part in a piano competition in Switzerland. [Syria Times]

[Libya] Tripoli rolls out first skatepark. The United States-funded facility was built by Make Life Skate Life, a charity that has set up “free-of-charge, community-built concrete skateparks” in Iraq, Bolivia and India. [al-wasat]


[Iraq] Falling waters of Euphrates, Tigris rivers reveal submerged archaeological sites. The drop of the water levels in recent years has uncovered many archaeological and ancient sites that were submerged beneath the two historic rivers in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. [Al-Monitor]

Analysis: The eyes of the world on Egypt for COP27

Egypt will be hosting the upcoming COP27 Conference in Sharm El Sheikh from 6 November – 18 November 2022. Egypt has been consistently taking action to establish itself as a proponent of climate change action and has attained status as a Green Economy Flagship country. (Read more…)

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Our Team

This bulletin is bought to you by the following members of Young METO:

Giada del Russo (Coordinator)
Tannaz Zafarani (Disarmament and Conflict Resolution)
Julia Chang (Women)
Britt Gronemeyer (Children)
Soukaina El Anaoui (Migration & Refugees)
Salma Al-Wahaibi (Healthcare)

Arwa Syed (Environment)
Molly Pimm (Food & Water Security)
Abdullah Al-Wandawi (Renewable Energy)
Hilda Ariastuti (Education)
Yutong Zhang (Culture)
Harshul Singh (Archaeology)

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The articles selected for publication in this bulletin have been specially chosen to highlight the good work done every day across the region to improve the quality of life for citizens. It also highlights the advances in culture and the new archaelogical discoveries made, underlining that this region really has been a cradle of civilization for millenia.

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