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The Council has announced an international award for researchers and innovators in the water and related issues in Arab and Islamic countries.

Dr. Mahmoud Abu- Zeid, President of the Arab Water Council, indicated that the award aims at encouraging innovation, creativity and research in the field of water security, water use efficiency and productivity, water development and use of new technologies to face challenges of water scarcity and impacts of climate change in the Islamic world.

Dr. Abu- Zeid also stated that the value of the award will be determined at the next General Assembly of the Arab Water Council and will be awarded biannually. The topics and contestants’ conditions of the Award will be determined according to the priorities and interests of Islamic countries.

As part of fostering further cooperation between The Arab Water council (AWC) and the Institute of Water Management (IWMI). A Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed by AWC president, H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid and IWMI Director General, Ms. Claudia Sadoff.

The signing ceremony of the MoU between AWC and IWMI took place on the 14th of October 2018 at AWC premises in Cairo, among the presence of AWC staff and the press.

During the ceremony speeches were delivered by H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, AWC President; Ms. Claudia Sadoff, IWMI Director General; Dr. Amgad Elmahdi,IWMI Head of MENA Region; Prof. Walid A. Abderrahman, AWC Vice President; Dr Mohamed Raouf A. DARWISH, AWC Treasurer; Dr. Hussein El-Atfy, AWC Secretary General; Prof. Khaled Abu Zaid, AWC Technical Director and Eng. Heba Al-Hariry, AWC Deputy Technical Director.

With the signing of this MoU, AWC and IWMI launch a regular, wide-ranging cooperation in various water related areas including Water Resources Management, Water productivity, and Water accounting...etc.

Under this MOU, a research agenda and policy scenarios of interest will be conducted to assess the development of necessary evidence-based research and enhance the transfer of technologies towards achieving the SDGs in the MENA region. Additionally, partnerships will be established for co-organizing conferences, training workshops and capacity development activities in water and agriculture-related topics to enhance knowledge dissemination and awareness raising.

The Arab Water Council becomes part of the technical team for the preparation of LAS regional report on “Sustainable Development in Conflict-Affected Settings”

The Arab Water Council was honored to attend LAS preliminary meeting and to become part of their technical team for the development of LAS regional report on “Sustainable Development in Conflict-Affected Settings”. The meeting was held at LAS headquarter on September 20, 2018 and was attended by H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid - President of the Arab Water Council, H.E Dr. Hussein El-Atfy - Secretary General of the Arab Water Council, Eng. Heba Al-Hariry - Deputy Technical Director and a group of experts and representatives from different regional and international organizations (World Food Programme, Arab Women Organization, International Organization for Migration, UN-Habitat and others...).

The report –to be prepared by LAS sustainable development committee- will focus on the essential role that sustainable development plays in bringing peace and social stability and in achieving future wellbeing in the Arab region.

In light of the widespread conflict and terrorism in the region and fleeing of refugees, peace and stability have become a break point for achieving progress. According to the UN final report for the Millennium Development Goals “Conflict Remains the Greatest Threat to Human Development”. This points out the importance of addressing vulnerability and conflict, particularly knowing that 50% of fragile countries comprise 43% of the population living in extreme poverty, and that by 2030, this number would rise to 62%.

The proposed report will include several sections that conceptualize fragility, conflict and instability and their interrelation with the degradation of natural resources and climate change impacts.

During the report preparation process, a participatory approach will be followed through roundtable discussions and policy dialogues to ensure exchange of views among all stakeholders in selected countries and neighbouring host countries, hoping to create new partnerships in the Arab region to promote peace and development.

Under the patronage of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, the Arab Water Council was honored to participate in the first "End of Hunger" Sub-Committee meeting that was held between the 18-19 September, 2018.

The Meeting was organized by the Sustainable Development and International Cooperation Department and was chaired by His Excellency Engineer Hassab Al Naby Musa Mohamed, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Sudan. The "End of Hunger in the Arab Region" Sub-Committee is particularly responsible for following up and reporting on the progress towards achieving SDG 2 "Zero Hunger" in the Arab Region concerned with food security, improvement of nutrition and promoting of sustainable agriculture.

The first meeting of the Sub-Committee - called by Dr. Nada al-Agizi, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development and International Cooperation- identified the main work scope and directions of the Committee through specialized working groups.

At the beginning of the meeting, Prof. Wadid Erian, the Committee's Rapporteur, presented the main objectives of the committee's work, emphasizing on the role of the Committee in developing a common vision among all holders through the preparation of a "Zero Hunger Action Plan" for the Arab region with a clear focus on the inter-link between SDG2 and other related SDGs, particularly SDG 6 for Water and Sanitation.

The conference program consisted of 6 thematic sessions, in which 38 speakers participated including experts, researchers, investors and professors in water technology, management, water rationalization, desalination and water treatment. The aim of the conference is to eliminate the culture of water abundance meanwhile proposing new policies for the state and individuals including the private sector, Egyptian and foreign investors to mainstream the technology of rationalization, desalination and purification of water, as well as the harvesting of rainwater in Egypt. The Arab Water Council was honored to be part of the organizing committee and co-chaired the main sessions of the conference.

H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Chairman of the Arab Water Council and former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, chaired a key session entitled "Supply Management Water Resources Development (Water Desalination Technology)”, during which he spoke about the importance of new technologies and strategic research programs globally, with focus on the Arab region as a priority for the use of Innovative Desalination Technologies.

Dr. Hussein Al-Atfi, Secretary-General of the Arab Water Council and former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, has also chaired the main session entitled "Investment, Banking and Finance for Water Technology" where he facilitated the session by interactive discussions between the participants and the speakers.

The Arab Water Council has the honor to support “The Big 5 Construct Egypt” set to take place this September on 18-21 at Egypt’s International Exhibition Center and organized by DMG Company – organizer of Egypt Petroleum Show-EGYPS 2017.

This Event is considered as one of the most successful and specialized construction events during the last 38 years that will bring considerable benefits to Egypt.

The Big 5 Construct Egypt will bring together influential decision-makers, innovators and suppliers from the region and beyond for four days of business and networking opportunities.

The country’s booming construction market has placed itself as the leading contributor to GDP growth in the region, with 473 billion dollars’ worth of active projects in North Africa and more than 366 billion dollars worth of projects lie in Egypt.

with this regards, the AWC will be glad to contribute with a session on " ADAPTING TO THE CLIMATE CHANGE AND URBAN RESILIENCE" Leaded by H.E. Dr. Mahmoud ABu Zeid, H.E. Dr. Hussein EL Atfy and Dr. Khaled ABu Zeid.

Come join us during the event and Check our booth to know more about the AWC activities.

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