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AR4 Shared Water Resources in the Arab Region and with Neighbouring Countries
Coordinator: Centre of Arab Water Security – Arab League
Wednesday 14 March 2012, from 08:30 to 10:30 / open
Room: 
PC 3 - Patio 1 > Palais des Congrès (Rez de Jardin Level)

AR1 Increasing Water Use Efficiency to Cope With Mounting Challenges in The Arab Countries
Coordinator: Arab Water Council (AWC)
Wednesday 14 March 2012, from 11:00 to 13:00 / open
Room: 
PC 17 - Samena > Palais des Congrès (Level 2)

Living with Water Scarcity in the Arab Countries 
Coordinator: Arab Water Council 
Wednesday 
14 March 2012, from 15:30 to 17:30 / open
Room: 
PP 2 - Athéna 2 > Palais Phocéen

AR2 Integrated Policies to Secure Water for All Sectors, with Special Emphasis on Achieving the Water and Sanitation MDG in the Arab countries
Coordinator: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
Thursday 15 March 2012, from 11:00 to 13:00 / open
Room: 
PC 6 - Jardin 2 > Palais des Congrès (Rez de Jardin Level)

AR3 Bridging the Water Gap in the Arab Region: the Promise of Desalination, Water Reuse and Renewable Energy
Coordinator: Arab Water Academy (AWA)
Thursday 15 March 2012, from 14:30 to 16:30 / open
Room: 
PC 11 - Morgiou > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

AR5 To Increase Understanding of and Capacity to Examine Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the Region and to Increase the Capacities of Regional and National Water Sector Institutions to Develop and Implement Strategies for Adaptation to CC
Coordinator: ACSAD 
Thursday 15 March 2012, from 17:00 to 19:00 / open
Room: 
PC 11 - Morgiou > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

AR Synthesis - Strategy for Arab Water Security
Coordinator: League of Arab States/Arab Coordination Committee/Arab Ministerial Water Council & Centre of Arab Water Security – League OF Arab States
Friday 16 March 2012, from 08:30 to 13:00 / open
Room: 
PC 9 - Goude 1 > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

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Water: A Critical Element towards Palestinian Statehood
Coordinator: Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) 
Tuesday 13 March 2012, from 13:15 to 14:15 / Open

Room: 
PC 10 - Goude 2 > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

Moroccan Experience on Output-Based Aid to Improve Access to Water and Sanitation Services
Coordinator: The World Bank / la Banque Mondiale 
Wednesday 14 March 2012, from 13:15 to 14:15 / open
Room: 
PC 11 - Morgiou > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

Platform for Regional Cooperation in Desalination and Water Reuse
Coordinator: The Middle East desalination Research Center (MEDRC) 
Wednesday 14 March 2012, from 13:15 to 14:15 / open
Room: 
PC 17 - Samena > Palais des Congrès (Level 2)

Water in Jordan: The Way Forward
Coordinator: Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation 
Thursday 15 March 2012, from 19:15 to 20:15 / open
Room: 
PC 16 - Riou > Palais des Congrès (Level 2)
Room: 
PEu 7 - Europa 7 > Palais de l'Europe

Regional Solution for Water Scarcity in West Asia-North Africa  
Coordinator: WANA Forum 
Friday 
16 March 2012, from 13:15 to 14:15 / open
Room: 
PC 14 - Patio 4 > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)

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The Arab Countries:

North Africa: Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Comoros;

Middle East: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Yemen.

 

Background

The Arab region made two major achievements in the water field during the last three years: the establishment of the Arab Water Ministerial Council (AWMC) in the year of 2008 under the League of Arab states; and the adaptation of the Arab Water Strategy by the AWMC in order to face the challenges of Arab water security and future demand of sustainable development (2010-2030).

The objective of the AWMC is to coordinate and encourage exchanges of experiences for facing water shortage challenges in the Arab region and to represent the Arab region in the International activities. AWMC has represented and coordinated the Arab region along with the Arab Water Council in the 5th World Water Forum.

 

The Arab Preparatory Committee for the 6th World Water Forum

The Arab Ministerial Council for Water within the League of Arab States took a resolution that the Ministerial Council is the authority responsible for the preparation of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille.

 

The Council formed an Arab Preparatory Committee for the preparation of the Forum with the participation of:

  • 7 Arab Countries: members of the Executive Bureau of the Council
  • Center of Water Studies and Arab Water Security – Arab League
  • The General Secretariat of the Arab Ministerial Council for Interior Affairs
  • The General Secretariat of the Arab Ministerial Information Council
  • The Arab Center for Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD)
  • The Arab Organization of Culture, Science and Education
  • The Arab Organization for Cities
  • The Arab Organization of Agricultural Development
  • The Arab Parliament
  • The Union of the Arab Parliaments
  • The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • The Arab Water Council
  • The Arab Water Academy
  • The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
  • The Arab Organization for Water Utilities
  • The Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED)

 

The Arab Countries Cross-Continental Process

The Arab Countries, members of the Arab League, are represented in the 6thWorld Water Forum as one Unit.

The Arab countries cross-continental process gathers all stakeholders (Ministers, Governmental Organizations, non- Governmental Organizations, Parliamentarians, Local Authorities, Civil Society, and the related Regional and International Organizations and Institutions, and the partners of the Arab Ministerial Council for Water.

The 2nd Arab Water Forum was held on 20-23 November in Cairo, Egypt, which is a milestone event in the preparation process of the 6th World Water Forum.

 

The Arab Water Security Strategy

The Strategy for Water Security in the Arab Region adopted in June 2011 by Arab Ministerial Council for Water was established to bring about appropriate solutions to ensure water security in the region.

Five priority projects were identified for the integrated water resources management in the Arab region. These projects were used to define the Arab Region’s five Targets during the 6th World Water Forum to take place in Marseille in March 2012.

 

Priorities and Targets in the Arab Region

  • 1.    In the medium-term (by 2020), raising water use efficiency by 10 to 15 % for meeting increased water demand and ensuring water and food security for facing the future challenges in accordance with the available water resources and the principals of sustainable development.
  • 2.    Adoption, in short term (by 2015), of integrated water policies which secure water for all sectors to achieve a maximum socioeconomic benefits and insure the implementation of the millennium development goals.
  • 3.    Develop, in the medium term (by 2020) alternative and practical solutions for  using non conventional water with focusing on the use of renewable energy in water desalination and water treatment  for   meeting the increasing water demand.
  • 4.    Shared Water Resources in the Arab region and with neighbouring Countries
  • 5.    In the medium term (by 2020), each Arab countries has defined a national policy for including climate change adaptation policy into national water policy .

 

The Arab Regional Coordinator 
Dr. Djaballah Djamel Eddine 
Minister plenipotiary
Director of Environment, Housing, Water & Sustainable Development Department 
President of the Arab Coordination Committee 
Arab Ministerial Water Council League of Arab States
Email: Arab@worldwaterforum6.orgArab@worldwaterforum6.org 

Assistant Coordinator 
Chahra  Ksia 
Minister plenipotiary 
President of Center of Water Studies and Arab Water Security 
League of Arab States

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