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The 4th Arab Water Forum was held from 26-28 November, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt. The Forum is a tri-annual event at which the Arab Water Council’s members from 22 Arab states, their partners and associates from the region and around the world meet.
The Forum provides a platform to address the issues and challenges within the water sector in the region, which is the world’s most water scarce. The slogan of the 4th Arab Water Forum was “Sharing Water … Sharing Destiny”.
The Forum comprised interactive discussions on a number of important themes and topics that are of highest importance to all water stakeholders in the region.
Together with the World Bank Water Global Practice, CMI co-convened at the tri-annual 4th Arab Water Forum in Cairo, Egypt a session on “Regional Water Security in the MENA Region” during which the World Bank report “Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the MENA Region” was presented.
Panelists from the Dutch Government, the League of Arab States, the Palestinian Water Authority, UNESCWA, World Vision and the World Youth Parliament for Water discussed the findings and exchanged about the water security challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean region.
CMI introduced the session with its perspective on water security as a regional public good, and stressed the need to build stronger awareness through Youth engagement, while highlighting the urgent need to address the growing water-related risks and instability in the region.
Panelists further recommended that the discussions on water security should be extended beyond technical circles in order to include end-users and beneficiaries, so as to build stronger consciousness on the demand-side.
The involvement of youth, women and local governments was also emphasized. Linkages to food security nexus as well as increased pressures through climate change and forced were also highlighted.