The Middle East and North Africa Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Hub covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. The Hub focuses on transboundary and common issues in the region, such as climate change, desertification, solid waste, and water resource management, as well as environmental health, and infectious and non-communicable disease issues. The Hub promotes science and technology innovation, Arab-Israeli scientific cooperation, and the advancement of women in scientific fields.
The Hub advances U.S. government ESTH priorities, provides information on regional developments to the U.S. Department of State’s Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Bureau, and coordinates closely with other U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey, among many others. The Hub also supports bilateral ESTH officers at U.S. missions across the region.
The Middle East and North Africa Hub is one of 12 around the world. In addition to the Hub in Amman, there are others in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;Copenhagen, Denmark; Brasilia, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary;Gaborone, Botswana; Kathmandu, Nepal; Libreville, Gabon; San Jose, Costa Rica; Suva, Fiji and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.