Nazar M. Hassan

Bio: Nazar M. Hassan, UNESCO Senior STI Regional Advisor for the Arab States, UNESCO, Egypt

Dr. Nazar M. Hassan (b. 1964; Sudan) has been the Senior Science and Technology Advisor for the Arab States at UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences since 2009, where he has initiated several networks to build up the region’s techno-preneurship culture. Dr. Hassan has substantively participated in policy dialogue in a number of countries to update/renew their Science Technology and Innovation policies (STI) and support their efforts toward sustainable development. Previously, he worked as Senior Economist in the Sustainable Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia. Dr. Hassan also worked as a senior researcher in the area of systems optimization at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States between 1992 and 2003. Dr. Hassan has a number of published papers and reports in the area of strategic management for Sustainable Development. Dr. Hassan received his Master of Science in the area of renewable energy technologies, and his doctorate degree in Systems Optimization (Industrial Engineering), with a focus on Sustainable Energy Development (SED) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States. In a few words, Mr. Hassan is an engineer by profession, a scientist, an inventor with a strong aptitude for global problems solving.

Abstract: "The Arab Youth Role in the Region's Journey to Sustainable Development"

We propose the establishment of a number of Sustainable Development Green Technologies Education and Utilization (SDG-TEU) Centers of Excellence (CoEs) to build youth required capacities with relevant green jobs for SD in the region.  These CoEs are based on a virtual portal to be populated with carefully pre-defined set of technology standards, projects, must-have policies and programs it advocates for, and which genuinely offers the training required to acquire green technologies and to open opportunities for green jobs and green employment to implement the climate-related and SD goals particularly in rural areas. This program then calls for a series of Train of Trainers (ToT) workshops and seminars at each national level as a first phase after which training of nationals nationwide could take place.  These capacity building programs will specifically target unemployed college graduates to be capacitated and trained as the critical mass of the required technical force and practitioners and deploy them back to their related rural areas to support efforts for SDGs implementation.