15.10.2018 - Natural Sciences Sector

The Arabic edition of WWDR 2017 launched at Cairo Water Week


Thanks to the generous contribution of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 2017 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR) is translated into Arabic and launched in a special session on 15 October 2018 in the first Cairo Water Week.

The event saw the participation of His Excellency Dr Abdel Ati, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Arab Republic of Egypt and His Excellency Professor Al-Subaiyi, Deputy Minister for Water Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr Ghaith Fariz, Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences for the Arab States and Dr Hammou Laamrani, Senior Expert in the League of Arab States also took the floor. The representatives of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, as the co-organizer of the session, were also present.

The Arabic edition of the World Water Development Report 2017 is now available.

The high level speakers, content presentation made by WWAP Coordinator Prof Dr Stefan Uhlenbrook and the panel discussion involving senior experts from FAO and ESCWA underlined the importance of management and safe reuse of wastewater as a sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable by-products. Currently, wastewater is hugely neglected and at the global level almost 80% of it is discharged into nature without any treatment.

The Ministers and the representative of the Arab League underlined the importance of having the United Nations World Water Development Report in Arabic and acknowledged the financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation.

As a back-back-event, UNESCO WWAP conducted a two day long national training in UNESCO Cairo Office on 10-11 October 2018. 28 participants (6 of which were women), representing Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, National research institute and other relevant institutions attended. The training was based on the contents of the WWDR 2017 Arabic edition and provided the platform for the participants to share their experiences and the challenges that they face concerning reuse of wastewater. The training was made possible with financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation.

The Report is now available in English| French| Spanish| 中文 | ا لعربية

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