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Najib Saab

Global 500 Award

Najib Saab Winner of UNEP’s GLOBAL 500 Award 2003



“Through Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment and Development) magazine, which he launched as a private initiative, Najib Saab has triggered an unprecedented environmental public awareness campaign in the Middle East, bringing environmental concerns to the Arab public-at-large and creating a regional environmental advocacy forum.


The influential magazine has a circulation of 38,500 in 22 countries. It is used in schools, and its articles became the main reference for environmental curricula.  Mr. Saab's editorials on sustainable development issues in the Middle East are syndicated to 10 daily newspapers.


Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia sponsors more than 360 environmental clubs in schools, and supports them with education material and training. Mr Saab has produced a weekly environmental education television programme entitled Environment Club - a pioneering effort in the region.


Najib Saab has succeeded, again through his own initiative, to build around the magazine a pan-Arab environmental movement, which strongly helped place the environment on the agenda of both the public and the private sectors.  By creating a vibrant environmental forum, he has accomplished what official bodies in the region could not satisfactorily develop over the years.”


Klaus Topfer

Executive Director


(Statment in the Award Ceremony)


Brief Bio

Arab Environment in 10 Years
ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS crowns a decade of the series of annual reports produced by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on the state of Arab environment. It tracks and analyzes changes focusing on policies and governance, including level of response and engagement in international environmental treaties. It also highlights developments in six selected priority areas, namely water, energy, air, food, green economy and environmental scientific research.
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