First Consultation in the Arab Region to prepare for the 2023 Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Water Action Decade
The International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028, commonly referred to as the Water Action Decade, was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to promote water-related global goals and water as a pillar to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Decade should be pursued through global, regional and national processes, and collaboration at all levels.
A Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Water Action Decade is planned for March 2023 to report on progress made in implementing the Decade's objectives, identify possible obstacles in achieving them, and pinpoint innovative ways to support their implementation and accelerate progress. The conference will be preceded by regional and global meetings and include a review process.
The aim of this first consultation is to draft a collaborative road map for Arab regional preparations leading to the United Nations Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Water Action Decade. Discussion will include contributions to a midterm regional review report, preparations for the regional preparatory meeting, and the identification of activities that can explicitly support the Water Action Decade in the region. Participants will also be invited to confirm their interest in substantively and financially contributing to this preparatory process.
This first consultative meeting gathers the designated representatives from the organizations that serve in the Technical Scientific and Advisory Committee of the Arab Ministerial Water Council, the Regional Collaborative Platform-Issue Based Coalition work pillar on Water, Food Security and Nutrition, and the UN-Water Regional Discussion Group for Arab States, based on the existing mandates to follow-up on regional preparatory work related to the Water Action Decade. It is expected that the scope of engagement would expand following this first consultation based on the suggestions received during the consultation.