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Arab Region joint commitment to accelerate achievement…

Arab Region joint commitment to accelerate achievement of water security for sustainable development (UN 2023 Water Conference Side Event)
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UN 2023 Water Conference Side Event is organized by the League of Arab States – Technical Secretariat of the Arab Ministerial Water Council. Other organizing members and partners include the Ministers of the Arab Ministerial Water Council, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).
  • Setting the scene: Joint Priorities for Water Action in the Arab Region
  • Panel 1: Challenges and Priorities to Water Security in the Arab Region
  • Interventions from the floor
  • Panel 2: Initiatives and Commitments to the Water Action Agenda from the Arab region
  • Interventions from the floor
  • Closing Remarks

The Arab region is one of the most water scarce regions in the world with 19 States of the 22 below the water scarcity threshold. This is further complicated by high proportion of transboundary waters resources, high population growth rates, climate change, inefficient use of water and occupation and conflict.

The side event will highlight the Arab region's endeavors to adopt transformative commitments and build cross-sectoral partnerships to further strengthen collective action on water in the Arab Region. It will also highlight commitments made to or to be made to the Water Action Agenda by Arab States and national and regional stakeholders, aiming to accelerate the implementation of the water goals, and improving water security in the water-scarce Arab region. 

A particular emphasis will be made on means of accelerating the delivery of water and related cross-sectoral goals through the regional priorities and accelerators referenced above.