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News The Mediterranean message to the 5th World Water Forum: The Beirut Input

This message is a contribution to the Mediterranean input to the 5th World Water Forum.

It presents the outcomes of the 2nd Beirut Water Week and the debates concerning the Mediterranean Session of the 5th World Water Forum. The 2nd Beirut Water Week that was held in Beirut 4-7 February 2009, included 240 participants from different organisations and sectors (directors, experts, researchers and other related stakeholders) of water management in the region.
As agreed in Tunis (15 January 2009), the overall Mediterranean Message, in addition to being an input to the strategic axes of the Ministerial Declaration of the 5th World Water Forum, addresses also the governments and stakeholders of the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean as a contribution for building a shared vision on the future of water in the region.

The participants of the Beirut Water Week acknowledge and agree with the Tunis Input (15 January 2009), which they wish to adopt in its totality. Therefore, the present message is using the language of the Tunis input to which it has added, elaborated upon and strengthened a number of points.

The Mediterranean approaches the Forum with renewed political commitment for sustainable water management through the recently adopted Ministerial Declaration at the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water, 22 December 2008, at the Dead Sea, Jordan. The Ministerial Conference decided to elaborate a new Strategy for Water in the Mediterranean consolidating and using already existing relevant initiatives and to implement concrete projects in line with the demand of the populations. It is hoped that the Strategy will enhance cooperation and coordination on water among countries and between stakeholders, enact needed reforms and promote tangible measures.

Several recommendations were produced during interactive sessions involving all participants. These recommendations would constitute strong basis for the preparation of the Strategy and the identification of concrete projects.

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News type Inbrief
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Geographical coverage Lebanon
News date 10/02/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH