NAPLES – The fifth Arab Water Forum (AWF) kicked off Tuesday in Dubai and will run through 23 September, tackling topics such as the security of water resources in the Mediterranean, desalination, investments in the sector and the fight against climate change and its influence on water resources.
The international conference takes place every three years and is organised by the Arab Water Council (AWC), an international organisation headquartered in Egypt that brings together the policies of Arab countries in the sector and that this year put on the event with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
The three days will shape a common strategy by Arab countries ahead of the World Water Forum planned for March 2022 in Dakar on the topic “Water Security for Peace and Development”.
The delegates of the 22 countries will participate in a series of conferences, scientific sessions and a full programme of seminars to define common strategies.
Among the big topics to be covered are water security, cooperation among different countries, and sustainable development of water resources.
The topics will then be divided into 14 subtopics tackled by politicians, university researchers, NGOs and professionals in the water sector, all gathered to find concrete solutions in cooperation.
“The key message is the search for cooperation and cohesion, because dialogue between all parties in the field is needed more than ever to explore innovative solutions and to mobilise public and private initiatives for security and stability of the water resource, with the goal of improving the quality of life across the Arab region,” said UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei.