Venue: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center (KHBTCC)
by Hilton, Dead Sea
Water is increasingly becoming a binding constraint on Arab development. According to the Arab Development Challenges Report 2011 by UNDP; available renewable fresh water resources per capita in the Arab world are among the lowest worldwide. Threatening levels of water stress exist in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen, while significant stress exists in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. And since it is not yet possible to measure water quality globally, dimensions of safety, reliability and sustainability are not reflected in the proxy indicator used to track progress towards the MDG target. As a result, MDG 2012 report states that the number of people using improved water sources is an overestimate of the actual number of people using safe water supplies. Continued efforts are required to promote global monitoring of drinking water safety, reliability and sustainability and to move beyond the MDG water target to universal coverage.
Under the umbrella of the League of Arab States (LAS) and in partnership with the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) and the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) is organizing the Third Arab Water Week. The Arab Water Week (AWW) is a distingushed regional meeting in the Arab region which tackles water management issues through establishing innovative partnerships and platforms of collaborative work on water issue in the region. The importance of this meeting lies in providing a platform for greater coordination among the existing network of key partners active in the water sector in the region.
The Arab Water Week (AWW) does not only provide an opportunity to enhance communication flows, synergies and the sharing of successful experiences, but as well, it will facilitate creating new partnerships that complement and maximize the impact of on-going work in this sector for the benefit all countries in the region.
For more information visit http://arabwaterweek.com/