Regional Launch Amman

Mr. B. Imam delivering the WWDR 2017 presentation

The Regional launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater, The Untapped Resource” in the Arab region took place during the Regional celebration of World Water Day 2017. The celebration was held in Amman, Jordan on 22 March, 2017 and was organized by ESCWA, in partnership with SIDA, UNESCO Cairo Office, the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources of Jordan, and the Arab Countries Water Utility Association (ACWUA). More than 60 high-level participants representing Water Ministries in Arab Countries, the Embassies of Sweden and the Netherlands, UN organizations, and NGOs attended the celebration and launching.

The event, moderated by Ms. Roula Majdalani from ESCWA, included keynote presentations by H.E. Mr. Erik Ulenhag, Ambassador of Sweden to Jordan, Mr. Ali Sobah, Assistant Secretary-General of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation of Jordan, and Mr. Khaldon Khashman, Executive Director of ACWUA. The speakers highlighted the importance of wastewater treatment and reuse of treated wastewater as a key component to achieving the SDGs particularly in the Water-Scarce Arab region.

This was followed by the regional launching of the UN-World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater, The Untapped Resource). Mr. Bisher Imam, representing UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States delivered the official presentation outlining the key global water resources challenges and findings of the report, which emphasize the potential role of treated wastewater in meeting the rising demand for water. Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane (ESCWA) gave a presentation summarizing the Arab Region Chapter of the report and providing the state of wastewater treatment and reuse in the region. A country level assessment was presented Ms. Maha Mansour, representing the Ministry of Electricity and Water of Kuwait who informed the audience of Advancements in Wastewater Treatment and Use in Kuwait. The event was concluded with a reception hosted by the ESCWA.

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