A Cleaner Tunisia: Social Partners and Swedish Politicians and Civil Society Exchange Ideas

How does one tackle the ubiquitous problem of littering in Tunisia, and promote environmental protection? On September 7th, 2017, representatives of Tunisian and Swedish politics, business and civil society met to discuss strategies and possibilities.

Organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Tunisia, the National Federation of Tunisian Cities (FNVT), and SKL International, the meeting included discussions about national environmental goals and the role of local governments, business associations, trade unions, civil society, and ordinary citizens, in tackling littering and promoting environmental protection in Tunisia.

Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, is committed to a cleaner Tunisia.

The meeting was considered a crucial first step in initiating a dialogue between different societal actors in Tunisia to raise awareness about littering and its environmental, economic and social consequences.

The meeting engaged stakeholders from various sectors.

The meeting engaged stakeholders from various sectors.

Among the participants were Mr. Saifallah Lasram, Mayor of Tunis and President of the National Federation of Tunisian Cities (FNVT), Mrs. Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, as well as representatives from civil society and the Tunisian Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment.

Swedish representatives included the Ambassador to Tunisia H.E. Mr. Fredrik Florén, Mrs. Matilda Ernkrans, Chairwoman of the Environment and Agriculture Committee of the Swedish Parliament, and Mr. Joakim Brodahl of the civil society organisation “Keep Sweden Tidy.”

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