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Second Committee: Panel discussion on Challenges and initiatives for the implementation of the water related sustainable development goals in water-scarce countries: learning from Mediterranean and Latin American countries
6 Nov 2015 -  Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee), side event.

Panel discussion on “Challenges and initiatives for the implementation of the waterrelated sustainable development goals in water-scarce countries: learning from Mediterranean and Latin American countries”

Chaired by
Ms. Chantal Uwizera (Rwanda), Rapporteur of the Second Committee

Opening remarks
Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and InterAgency Affairs

Keynote presentations
His Excellency Sherif Eissa, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Nile Basin Affairs, Egypt
Mr. Luis Garrote, Professor, Polytechnic University of Madrid
Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director, Food and Agricultural Organization Liaison Office with the United Nations, New York

Moderator
Ms. Josefina Maestu, Director, United Nations Office to support the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015

Panellists
Mr. Wael Khairy, Deputy President of Nile Water Sector, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Egypt
Mr. Ney Maranhão, Director, National Water Agency, Brazil
Mr. Dunixi Gabiña, Deputy Director, IAMZ-CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza
Presentations followed by an interactive discussion

Panellists
Mr. John Qu, Director, Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute, George Mason University
Mr. Melchiade Bukuru, Chief, Liaison Office of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, New York
Mr. Jamal Shah, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist on Emergencies, United Nations Children’s Fund
Presentations followed by an interactive discussion

Closing remarks
Mr. Glenn Dolcemascolo, Climate Change Coordinator, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction