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The Union for the Mediterranean 6th Meeting of the Water Expert Group, 19-22 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in the Union for the Mediterranean 6th Meeting of the Water Expert Group, 19th-22nd December 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfMS) announced the Sixth Meeting of the Water Expert Group (WEG), took place on 20th December 2016 in Brussels. The Meeting was of paramount importance as a step towards the UfM Ministerial Meeting on Water which is to be held in Malta in 2017. The 6th WEG Meeting would contribute to the consultation towards a draft ministerial declaration, integrating and expanding contents of the UfM regional water agenda

The Assessment Workshop on Governance for situations of competing water demands in Africa, 27-30 November 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in The Assessment Workshop on Governance for situations of competing water demands in Africa, 27th-30th November 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The workshop was organized by the Africa Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which has a mandate to work with their client countries to advance on capacity development, technical assistance and knowledge development. The workshop acknowledged the social and economic transformative role of water and that improved water resources management and water and sanitation services underpin making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similarly, investments in water infra-structures and governance play a critical role to achieve African Development Bank’s “High-Five” priorities related to: food and energy security; industrialization; regional integration; and improved quality of life for the people of Africa.

CEDARE Water Programme Manager, elected chair of the Global Water Partnership Regional Chairs

gwp_logo_anniversaryCEDARE Regional Water Manager and GWP-Eastern Africa Chair, Prof. Khaled M. AbuZeid, has been elected Chair of GWP Regional Chairs. Prof. AbuZeid is appointed Chair of GWP Regional Chairs until the end of 2018. Accordingly, he will be representing the 13 GWP Regional Water Partnerships (RWPs) at the GWP Global Steering Committee as an Ex-Officio Member. The 2nd GWP Global Steering Committee Meeting will be held in Stockholm, GWP Head Office, during the period of 6-9 December 2016.

The 13 GWP Regional Water Partnerships that will be represented by Dr. AbuZeid, include GWP Eastern Africa, GWP Central Africa, GWP West Africa, GWP Southern Africa, GWP Mediterranean, GWP South Asia, GWP Southeast Asia, GWP Central Asia & Caucasus, GWP China, GWP South America, ‎GWP Caribbean, GWP Central America, GWP Central & Eastern Europe.

GWP's vision calls for a Water Secure World through Urban Water Security, Transboundary Water Security, Ecosystems Water Security, Food and Water Security, Climate Change and Water Security, and Achieving the Water SDG and associated Targets.

MDG+ Initiative: High Level Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 01-02 November 2016, Amman, Jordan

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015 and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to guide global action a common set of development objectives. The SDGs replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were formulated based on the declaration emanating from the Millennium Summit held in the year 2000.

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in MDG+ Initiative: High Level Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 01-02 November 2016, Amman, Jordan. SDG-6 specifically aimed to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. It was supported by six operational targets focused on drinking water, sanitation, water quality, water use efficiency and water scarcity, integrated water resources management and water-related ecosystems. To date, nine indicators have been adopted to support the monitoring of these six targets.

The objective of this High Level Meeting on the Water-related SDGs was to discuss the lessons learned from implementing the MDG+ Initiative in view of discussing how this regional initiative can contribute to follow-up on the water-related SDGs.

 The MDG+ Initiative was launched by the Arab Ministerial Water Council in 2010 to establish a Regional Mechanism for Improved Monitoring and Reporting on Access to Water Supply and Sanitation Services in the Arab Region. This inter-governmental initiative monitors and reports on a set of water supply, sanitation and wastewater indicators that reflect conditions in the water-scarce Arab region. The initiative is implemented by the League of Arab States Secretariat to the Arab Ministerial Water Council, the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), and ESCWA with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) of National Strategy for Sustainable Development 1st Technical Meeting, 18th October 2016, Barcelona (Spain)

 As decided by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention during their 19th Ordinary Meeting (COP19, Athens, Greece, February 2016), the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (the SIMPEER) is a framework for mutual learning and improvement from past experiences and other national approaches related to sustainable development. SIMPEER was mandated by Decision IG. 21/12 (COP18, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2013) and Decision 22/17 (COP19, Athens, Greece, February 2016). Based on a voluntary basis principle, the proposed peer review aims at engaging a dialogue between two or more Mediterranean countries for a mutual improvement and learning process on their National Strategies for Sustainable Development (NSSDs).

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) of National Strategy for Sustainable Development 1st Technical Meeting, 18th October 2016, Barcelona (Spain)

It seeked to establish, within an agreed methodology, the exchange of experiences, policies and good practices on implementing sustainable development at national level, as opposed to creating a scrutiny framework between reviewers and countries under examination. that peer review mechanism would also contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 (MSSD 2016-2025). Indeed, the SIMPEER represented an important tool to enable NSSDs review in line with the regional Strategy and as a contribution to the global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals specifications.

Meeting of Water Futures and Solutions Scenario Focus Group, IIASA, 17-22 June 2016, Laxenburg, Austria

Capture3Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in meeting of Water Futures and Solutions Scenario Focus Group, IIASA, 17-22 June 2016, Laxenburg, Austria

A high level group of water experts met at IIASA for the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) Stakeholder Focus Group. WFaS is a flagship initiative from IIASA challenged with understanding future water resource issues, and identifying solutions to problems like water scarcity and water access. However, when a recent fast track assessment found that even its most sustainable scenario, would still result in water scarcity in some river basins due to growing demands, researchers realized that fresh thinking was required. So that meeting, IIASA water researchers were on the search for more sustainable and transformational solutions. The efficacy of these new sustainability scenarios will be tested in IIASA’s new ensemble of global hydrological models and presented in time for the next World Water Forum 2018.

The two-day workshop at IIASA hosted 20 international water experts from around the world and across research, government, and development organisations. Modellers from the IIASA water program, discussing how to represent in models complex interactions that occur in transboundary river basins as well as for key interactions with other sectors such as energy and agriculture.