In line with the global focus areas, five water-related themes were selected to form the main stream of discussions at the AWF4. These, in total, have covered a number of critical topics that aimed at achieving a secure Arab water future in compliance with the Global Sustainable Development Goals. These themes were: Water and Sustainable Development; Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus; Water Quality and Ecosystems; Sustainable Solutions for Shared Water Resources; Water and Science, Technology and Innovation.
CEDARE participated on the panel session for scaling up the safe use of recycled water in the Arab Region. The session was organized by IWMI at the 4th Arab Water Forum organized in Cairo. The session was held on November 28th, 2017. Organizations on the panel included FAO, ICARDA, IWMI and others.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE was honored to participate in the regional “Expert Meeting on Capacity Building in Groundwater Governance in the Region” which was opened by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) President HE Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali and was organised by AGU in collaboration with UNESCO Cairo Office and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Regional Office for the Near East. The event continued until October 4 and featured representatives from 13 Arab countries as well as six regional organisations.
Within the framework of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR), the eleven RICCAR implementing partner organizations have organized the ‘High Level Conference on Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation in the Arab Region’ from 26 to 28 September 2017 at the Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE has participated in the event which was also served as the closing meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change in Water Sector in the MENA Region (ACCWaM) project.
Mrs. Nermin Riad, Senior Water Resources Programme Assistant, CEDARE has participated in Project Conference that was organized in the framework of the project “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean – Measuring, Monitoring and Promoting an environmentally sustainable economy in the Mediterranean region” founded by the Foundation MAVA, Plan Bleu, PAP/RAC and SCP/RAC organised jointly a conference that was held in Marseille, France, on 30 & 31 May 2017.
The High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) is convened by the United Nations Secretary General and the World Bank Group President. It was mandated to mobilise action to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and to propose effective management of water resources and necessary actions to build momentum towards better stewardship of water around the world.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE has participated and all of the speakers addressed the critical importance of the consultation in the context of the challenges that are being confronted globally vis-à-vis the management of water resources.