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United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy Infrastructure Hosts 5th Arab Water Forum

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates It was announced that the 5th Arab Water Forum (AWF5) will be held at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi from September 21st to 23rd, 2021.

More than 800 high-level participants, including 22 participating governments, senior government officials, government ministers and vice ministers representing public and private sector organizations, discuss water scarcity and sustainable development across the region. Attend a three-year meeting attended by experts from the United States.

The three-day forum, sponsored by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, focuses on the key theme, “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development,” a government delegation. And the private sector will participate. 22 Arab countries.

The high-profile conference will be supported by the Arab League and the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) in collaboration with national, regional and international partners.

AWF5 will host more than 50 exhibitors at a three-day conference to showcase the latest technologies and innovations in the production of water, desalination and pure drinking water, and disseminate awareness of important messages through a large global scale. I will. Media campaign.

The Arab Forum is held at a time when water scarcity is at critical levels as the demand for clean water increases due to population growth. According to the World Bank, the Middle East and North Africa are home to 6% of the world’s population, with less than 2% of the world’s renewable water supply.

In fact, there are 12 of the 12 most water-deficient countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Libya, Oman, Palestine Autonomous Region, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

On average, the available water is only 1,200 cubic meters, about one-sixth of the world average of 7,000 cubic meters. Most Arab countries are unable to sustainably meet their current water needs. Per capita water availability is expected to be halved by 2050 due to population growth and growing demand, “the World Bank report said.

According to a World Bank survey, the loss rate of freshwater reserves in the Middle East is about the same as that of the entire Dead Sea, the highest loss rate of liquid freshwater on the planet at that time.

“In the last 30 years, the UAE’s water table has fallen about 1 meter per year. At current rates, the UAE is projected to deplete its natural freshwater resources in about 50 years,” the report said. I will.

“Many countries in the Middle East rely on desalination plants to meet water demand. Over 75% of the world’s desalinated water is in the Middle East and North Africa, 70% of which are in GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc.) It is located in Qatar, Bahrain and the Middle East), with 6% in Libya and Algeria.

In many MENA countries, 85% of water is consumed by the agricultural sector. More water efficient agricultural practices save water and can be used to meet other demands. Good water resources management depends on good agricultural irrigation policies.

Professor Mahmood Abzaid of the Arab Water Council said: “Today’s Arab region faces unprecedented multifaceted water problems that are affecting its stability and threatening its sustainability.

“Despite decades of regulation and large investment in the water sector, growing climate change with impacts on water availability, coupled with existing water scarcity in the region, leads to poor living. It has led to food insecurity and has had a serious impact. It has affected water-dependent jobs and has led to significant employment cuts across the region’s economy. “

“Furthermore, the continued increase in water use due to socio-economic development, coupled with population growth and changing consumption patterns, has been limited, especially in conflict environments where water infrastructure is restricted, damaged and targeted. We continue to increase the level of stress on water resources, for destruction.

“On the other hand, upstream pressure on cross-border water continues to jeopardize the peaceful sustainability of life in areas where nearly 65% ​​of renewable surface water resources originate from outside the region.

“In this context, the Arab Water Council will host AWF5 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in September 2021. Participating in this important event,” Arab for Peace and Sustainable Development We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience in achieving “Water Security”. “This is also an important milestone in reflecting the views of the Arab region in preparation for the 9th World Water Forum in March 2022.”

The 2021 edition of the Arab Water Forum will feature a three-day keynote, panel sessions, science sessions, and the Arab Water Expo, with plenty of networking opportunities.

Key topics of interest in the panel discussion include the nexus of water, energy and food security. Climate Change Impact on Arab Water Security; Seawater Desalination as a Strategic Option for Sustainable Arab Water Security; Sharing Water and Benefits for Peace and Development; Achieving Peace and Stability Effective water governance for. Hydropower diplomacy and water politics in cross-border water management; riverbank partnerships in the development and management of shared water resources and governing law.

Noel Greenway, managing partner of the GM event, said: “Today’s announcement confirms the date of the event and the location of the 5th Arab Water Forum. With confirmation of active participation from the government, all stakeholders are now successful in the event. Preparing for

“At the 5th Arab Water Forum, we introduced some of the world’s most innovative technologies, with more than 40 international speakers and more than 800 senior representatives taking all safety measures in September this year. Gather in Abu Dhabi.

“The three-day conference and exhibition will bring back key stakeholders working on water use, supply and environmental issues and strengthen the UAE’s position as a major regional hub. We look forward to a large congregation of experts discussing the issue. “

The 5th Arab Water Forum is the result of more than a year and a half of cooperation and preparation with stakeholders throughout the Arab region, including policy makers, multilateral professional institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector. ..

Under the comprehensive slogan “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development”, the 5th AWF aims to address three key priorities. Water for cross-border water cooperation and sustainable development. Includes about 14 different topics and cross-cutting tools and tools.

Each priority and topic was carefully developed in collaboration with local partners, government representatives, NGOs, networks of experts and academic groups into a common framework of goals and concrete goals. The forum is expected to achieve collective action and positive reactions that influence desirable change by bridging the interface between science and policy. The forum also includes parallel tracks containing several science sessions. — SG

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