SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility
Arab Hoballah is a Senior Sustainability Expert, currently serving as Team Leader, SWITCHAsiaSCP Facility, as from October 2017. From March to September 2017, he served asExecutive Director of SEED, Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development. He retired fromthe United Nations/UNEP in December 2016, after a long career devoted to advocating forand assisting various stakeholders on understanding, mainstreaming and deliveringsustainable development, with major focus on consumption and production patterns.
Arab served as UNEP Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production/SCP since October2005, with a particular focus on Lifestyles, Cities and Industry. Prior to that, he served insenior positions for 20 years in the UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan and in developmentprojects.
He advocates for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at all levels, usingsystems and life cycle assessments, science for policy elaboration and implementation, andinnovation and entrepreneurship for delivery. He has launched various global Initiatives andPartnerships related to buildings, cities, tourism and food. Among his achievements: puttingSCP at highest level in the UN and Government strategies, adoption of the 10 YearFramework of Programmes for SCP and SDG12, active involvement in New Urban Agenda,and establishment of the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development.
World Citizen, Arab is specialized in systemic and prospective analysis. He holds a PhD ineconomic development and a master in international relations.
“Financing for Sustainable Development has been a major concern for the global community forabout three decades and is still a main concern because not much has been really done since we allknow that we are far from a sustainability path. And needed efforts will be even more complex withregards to green financing. Complexity and challenges should not discourage looking for solutions,for alternative ways and for innovation. In this context, SCP, the operational definition of sustainabledevelopment, offers multiple opportunities for resource efficiency and eco-innovation, a first andmajor step for necessary green transformative change. Leapfrogging, scaling up and replication ofrelated good practices are far from being the norm, because information is not available or notaccessible, because misunderstandings that “greening” is costly and just for the environment are stilllargely spread, because policy frameworks and market instruments are far from being adequate. Tofurther complicate the context, the most in need for such green financing, the Micro, Small andMedium Enterprises, structural backbone of most Asian economies, are generally “out of thepicture”. Fortunately, awareness and responsibility are increasing, eco-innovation and greentechnologies are available and accessible, and needs of SMEs are more seriously considered, such asby last G20 which identifies few measures and actions that could be pertinent for Asia in general andfor delivering SCP in the context of SWITCH Asia in particular.”