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 Third Arab Water Conference. and he presented a presentation on "Water – Energy – Food Security Nexus in the Arab region" that was during the 10th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council and the 17th Meeting for the Advisory Board of Scientific Technical Committee was held during the period from 29 April to 3 May 2018 in Kuwait
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.
In the session organized on "Ecosystems, Wetlands and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region" on March 22nd, 2018 at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, CEDARE, joined speakers from Egypt, Iraq, the League of Arab States, RAED, and the Arab Water Council in sharing their experience and views on the topic. CEDARE Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid, indicated that Wetlands and Ecosystems are gaining attention through the RAMSAR Convention, the Nature-Based Solutions 2018 World Water Development Report, indicators in the Arab State of the Water Report by CEDARE and AWC, SDG 15 and SDG 6.6 which has a 2020 Target which is earlier than other SDGs that have targets in 2030.