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12.06.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Princess Sumaya participates in a conference about Water Security at UNESCO

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Within the framework of UNESCO International Water Conference, which took place the 13 and 14 May 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters, H.R.H Princess Sumaya, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace, participated in a side event the 13 May, which took also place at UNESCO Headquarters.

This panel was entitled “Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Development of Water Resources in the Arab Region and Neighboring Countries” and organized by the UNESCO Office in Cairo. It aimed to expand the consultation and engagement of Member States and experts within the framework of the “Water Security for All: Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Development of Water Resources in the Arab Region and Neighboring Countries” initiative. This Initiative was launched by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science for the Arab States. It aims to establish a regional water status based on equitable, efficient, and sustainable utilization of water resources of the Arab region and neighboring countries, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by the United Nations.

H.R.H Princess Sumaya bint el Hassan of Jordan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for peace, thus intervened as keynote speaker giving opening remarks then she took part in the panel discussion. Bringing together mostly Arab Countries ministers, the panel discussion dwelled on the need of cooperation, common governance for the water management and promotion of science and technology as tools to address the water challenges. The goal is thus to eventually forge partnerships between all the different state actors of the region in order to ensure water security for all their inhabitants.

70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, yet, less than 1% account for usable fresh water. However, almost all human activities depend on water. Furthermore, water resources are critical to sustainable development and poverty reduction. Consequently, it is essential to ensure a fair and sustainable access to water at the planetary scale. The UNESCO International Water Conference, which took place on 13 and 14 May 2019, aims to advance sustainable water security and peace by leveraging multi-stakeholder and intersectoral management of water resources.




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