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.
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.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, and Vice Chair of the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development (MCSD), has participated in 18th Meeting of the MCSD Steering Committee, that was held during the period from 18 – 19 January 2017, in Athens, Greece
The UfM WEG Meetings objective is to inform and update attendees – Dr. Khaled AbuZeid included – on the steps taken and foreseen toward financial strategy in support of the decisions of the UfM Ministerial Conference, the work of the Drafting Group according to the mandate it was given by the WEG and the basis of the prior work of the Drafting Group (the drafts include the common regional water agenda in the UfM framework, WEG Mode of Operations and Roadmap and guidelines for a WEG Work Programme).