CEDARE participates, as an observer organization, in the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention in Astana, Kazakhstan during the period of 10-12 October, 2018. The 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is administered by a Secretariat at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The Convention is now open for accession by Non-European countries. As of October 2018, 41 European countries and the European Union are parties to the Convention. Chad also became party to the Convention in May of 2018, and Senegal will become party to Convention in November of 2018.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, Center for Environment and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) Was invited by the Alternative Policy Solutions project in coordination with The American University in Cairo (AUC) to attend a consultation workshop for a new policy paper that tackles water management in Egypt. The workshop will be held on Sunday, September 2nd 2018, at AUC,
In respect to the call that was issued by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) for nominations of candidature for the inaugural Expert Group of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF). Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE has been selected as a member in the Expert Group. Accordingly, he was invited to attend the first meeting of the GRAF expert group in Geneva, 13 June 2018 and lasted for two days.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE and Officer in Charge, Technical Secretariat, North – African Ministers Council on Water (N-AMCOW) has participated in the AMCOW's Pan-African M&E Data Validation Workshop that was held during the 21st to 23rd May 2018 at the Park Inn Hotel by Radisson Kigali, Rwanda. The event was organized by African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the host, Ministry of Environment,
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE has participated in the event of the BioVision Alexandria (BVA) Organizing Committee regarding their ninth biennial conference BVA 2018. The BVA 2018 Conference took place at the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Egypt, from 20 to 22 April 2018.
Dr. AbuZeid presented a presentation on "Water Prospects in the 21st Century Arab Region Perspectives on the Water SDG 6"
The theme of BVA 2018 is “New Life Sciences: Towards SDGs”. The conference highlighted the important role science plays with regard to achieving SDGs. More insights on the science-based-decisions-making was introduced, and how this affects the developing world. Furthermore, within the framework of BVA 2018, the first conference was launched on “Robotics and Bio-robotics in Life Sciences” in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Resources Director, indicated during the panel discussion jointed by Brazil, SIWI, and Nepal on "Water as a Human Right" which was held on March 20th, 2018 at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil, that water Scarcity, vulnerability and risks to transboundary waters, political unrest, war, terrorism, and human displacements are affecting the human right to water and sanitation in the Arab Region. He added that targeted subsidies, cross subsidies, proper volumetric metering, Public Private Partnership, effective regulators, and responsible consumer services, can enhance the realization of the human right to water and sanitation. "National Constitutions should include human right to Water and Sanitation among citizens’ rights", he alluded to. He said that Wastewater Reuse can provide an opportunity for financing sanitation services.
In the session organized on March 20th, 2018, by the Global Water Partnership on "Urban Water Governance" at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil, Speakers from GWP, OECD, CEDARE, and India shared their views on the topic. CEDARE, Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid, presented the "Alexandria 2030 Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Strategic Plan". He indicated that it represents a model for Stakeholder Participation and Strategic Water Supply Options Analysis in Urban Water Planning for Smart Cities of the Future.