April 2023

The Prospects for a Regional Climate Forum in the Middle East

Shira Efron (Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Director of Policy Research, Israel Policy Forum)
Bar Rapaport (Director of the Political-Climate Sustainability Project, Mitvim Institute)

This paper was born out of collaboration between Mitvim—the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and Israel Policy Forum.

This paper examines the prospects for establishing a regional multilateral forum to help address climate change in the Middle East. The document defines the constructs of forums, analyzes the characteristics of various regional forums around the world, and discusses the pros and cons of such frameworks in general and their relevance to Israel in particular. The paper also describes opportunities for leveraging existing policy structures in the Middle East to enhance transboundary climate cooperation, presents new ideas for such regional cooperation, and points out the barriers to such an endeavor.

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