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H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, President of the Arab Water Council and former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt, has been unanimously elected as Egypt’s candidate to represent the Arab countries in the UNESCO International Hydrological Program (IHP) for the next two years. The election took place on the occasion of the 23rd Session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council held in Paris on June 11, 2018.

The International Hydrological Program is an intergovernmental body under the UNESCO that promotes international scientific cooperation focusing on water research, water resources management, education and capacity building.

The Ambassador of Egypt in Paris and Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ehab Badawi, stated that Egypt has been actively involved in the work and activities of the International Hydrological Program, highlighting the importance it places on water-related issues and the achievement of Goal (6) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to “Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

The Ambassador said, “The UNESCO Egyptian delegation has submitted a draft resolution adopted during the last session of the General Conference to strengthen the role of the program at the international level, and on the basis of that resolution, the UNESCO Plan of Action for 2018 and 2019 was reviewed by giving greater attention to water issues.” He pointed out that Egypt will also present its vision and the steps it has taken towards implementation of Goal (6) of the SDGs and will participate in the discussions on the Great Rivers Initiative to ensure its consistency with national interests.
 

H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, President of the Arab Water Council and former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt, has been unanimously elected as Egypt’s candidate to represent the Arab countries in the UNESCO International Hydrological Program (IHP) for the next two years. The election took place on the occasion of the 23rd Session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council held in Paris on June 11, 2018.

The International Hydrological Program is an intergovernmental body under the UNESCO that promotes international scientific cooperation focusing on water research, water resources management, education and capacity building.

The Ambassador of Egypt in Paris and Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ehab Badawi, stated that Egypt has been actively involved in the work and activities of the International Hydrological Program, highlighting the importance it places on water-related issues and the achievement of Goal (6) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to “Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

The Ambassador said, “The UNESCO Egyptian delegation has submitted a draft resolution adopted during the last session of the General Conference to strengthen the role of the program at the international level, and on the basis of that resolution, the UNESCO Plan of Action for 2018 and 2019 was reviewed by giving greater attention to water issues.” He pointed out that Egypt will also present its vision and the steps it has taken towards implementation of Goal (6) of the SDGs and will participate in the discussions on the Great Rivers Initiative to ensure its consistency with national interests.

The Arab Water Council and The Arab Water Council Youth Network had the pleasure to be invited to the closing ceremony of the "Model of League of Arab States" at the French University in Egypt (Université Française d'Egypte)

The Arab Water Council Youth Network presented the AWC during the event and highlighted to the students and attendees the Council's main areas of work, strategy and Mission as well as highlighting the main activities done in partnership with the League of Arab States.

The AWC Youth Network is very glad to have joined such event and witness the remarkable efforts done by the University students and management and it was an honor to meet the university president Dr. Hassan Nadeer and Dr. Lamiaa Marmouche the Academic Coordinator for the Model of League of Arab States who shared with us their thoughts and possible areas of cooperation between the AWC youth Network & the University.

Highlights on the 2nd Technical Meeting of LAS "SDG-Climate Nexus Facility" which took place at the Arab Water Council’s Premises.

AWC organized the 2nd Technical Meeting of LAS “SDG-Climate Nexus Facility" on the 10th of May,2018.The meeting gathered regional partners from UNDP, UNISDR, WFP, CEDARE, ICARDA and AWC to discuss several proposed concept notes and areas of work to be implemented under the 1st phase of the “SDG-Climate Nexus Facility” in 2018. The Facility is considered a multi-phased program that aims at supporting countries in integrating climate measures into broader SDG affiliated policies and plans while developing national capacities in accessing climate finance towards building resilience to risks and enhancing adaptive capacities in the Arab region to climate risks and natural hazards.

H.E. Dr. Hussein El Atfy, Arab Water Council (AWC) Secretary General at the 8th World Water Forum (WWF) in Brsilia, Brazil Representing AWC in a couple of sessions including "Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation" organized by CEDARE on March 20th and joined with speakers from CEDARE, Monaco, France, Spain and Palestine, "Water, Energy and Food Nexus" Session which was organized and held on March 21st, the session included representatives from Sudan, Lebanon, Kuwait and the league of Arab States who shared their views and recommendations regarding the WEF nexus which is considered one of the most important emerging topics in the MENA Region and a session about "Ecosystems, Wetlands and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region" which took place in March 22nd with speakers from Egypt, Iraq, the League of Arab States, RAED and CEDARE

Arab Water Council, President, H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid gives a presentation on Global Irrigation and Drainage Trends and speaks on Water Sustainability for Food at the Nobel Prize Dialogue "Water, Disasters & Food", marking the devastating Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami that happened in Japan on that same day several years ago, claiming the lives, and properties of thousands of people, at the meeting of the Japanese National Committee for Irrigation & Drainage in Japan, March 9-11, 2018. 

 

AWC Participating in World Bank S-S Knowledge Exchange Study Tour.
AWC has recently attended several CWPF S-S cooperation events, including the Remote Sensing Technology Training Workshop in Beijing, China (Jan 15 - Feb 5) and the S-S Knowledge Exchange Study Tour to China (Jan 29 - Feb 5), arranged under the MENA Regional Coordination on Improved Agriculture Water Management Project, financed by the China-World Bank Group Partnership Facility. The main objective of the study tour is to share the advanced Chinese Remote Sensing technical tools, practices and experiences of its application on China’s agriculture and water management. While also also foster technical and professional cooperation between China and MENA countries and support technical and institutional capacity building on improved agriculture water resources management in the respective project countries in MENA region.
Participants included high-ranking officials and experts from the project countries, including the Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Lebanon and Arab Water Council (AWC) in MENA Region.