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.

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.

CSU’s College of Engineering, CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), and Riverside Technology, Inc., were partnered to host the 2016 Global Water and Climate Initiative. The two-day event (June 13-14) would bring together leaders from a global community of water and climate scientists and administrators – many of whom are College of Engineering alumni.

The event served as a forum for these experts to pinpoint challenges and address specific questions related to research, education, and the future of water management worldwide.

Attending the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), 18 April 2016, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) meetings that provided guidance with respect to key regional policies and initiatives related to the environment. Pursuant to this, and in response to the kind offer by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the sixth special session of AMCEN was held at the Dusit Thani Lakeview hotel from 16 to 19 April 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.

The special session was held under the theme: "Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa" and consisted of a meeting of the expert group held from 16 to 17 April 2016, and a ministerial segment held on 18 and 19 April 2016.

Expert Group Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 11-14 April 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

egm_water_sdgs-group_photo1-webDr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated & delivered presentation at “Expert Group Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that was held during the period from 11th-14th April 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

The objective of the Expert Group Meeting on the Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was to formulate a set of expert recommendations on how the Arab Region should pursue monitoring and reporting on the water-related Sustainable Development Goals over the coming fifteen years. The recommendations would be submitted to the subsidiary bodies of the Arab Ministerial Water Council for consideration as part of the activities designated for follow-up on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with respect to water, as elaborated in Item II of the Arab Ministerial Water Council Executive Bureau resolutions adopted in January 2016.

Specifically, the expert group would examine the water-related sustainable development goals and targets presented in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the associated indicators put forth by the United Nations Statistical Commission. The deliberations will be informed by global, regional and national experience related to monitoring water-related goals and indicators in the Arab region, including lessons learned from the MDG+ Initiative.