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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Global Water & Climate Initiative Meeting, 13-14 June 2016, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, Denver, USA

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Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in Global Water & Climate Initiative Meeting, 13th-14th June 2016, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Denver, USA,

Water and climate scientists from around the nation and world have gathered at Colorado State University to review today’s greatest challenges in water resources management, and to craft recommendations on addressing those challenges.

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