EcoPeace Middle East held its first Gala Dinner on October 20th to celebrate their 20th anniversary, featuring New York Times Journalist, Thomas Friedman. There were over 80 supporters including Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Texas, Ali Nouri representing the office of Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, three mayors from the region, Ali El-Delki, Mayor Mu’az bin Jabal Municipality, Jordan, Hasan Jirmi, Head Zubeidat Village Council, Palestine and Yossi Vardi, Head Jordan Valley Regional Council, Israel and former member of the Israeli Knesset, Mr. Efi Oshaya.
During the dinner ceremony, they announced their parting with Friends of the Earth International and the return of their official name to ‘EcoPeace Middle East’. With this new announcement, they are also launching an online campaign through The Skoll Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. It will run from October 27th through December 5th. This campaign is fundraising to further their advocacy efforts to ensure the establishment of a Final Accord on Water to replace the failing interim agreement set out in Oslo II.
By returning to their original name, EcoPeace Middle East hopes to strengthen their mission to deliver environmental stewardship. If you’d like to read more about the gala, check out the New York Times article written by Thomas Friedman.