To raise awareness on the challenges of water scarcity and to call for action, ESCWA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization, the League of Arab States, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, the International Water Management Institute, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Oxfam, is organizing a high-level meeting entitled "Water scarcity: a challenge to sustainable development in the Arab region".
The water scarcity challenge in the Arab region poses a serious threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the capacity to uphold the basic human rights of access to water and sanitation. The multi-dimensional challenge must be met with a coordinated and multi-sectoral response. Actions are required at all levels of society and governance.
This one-day meeting will be organized within the thirteenth session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council, scheduled for 14 to 18 November 2021, and will include four technical panel sessions, each convened by a lead agency. ESCWA is the lead convener of the first technical session on the economic impacts of water scarcity. A background paper has been prepared on this subject and can be downloaded below. The meeting aims to promote dialogue on advances and innovations between decision makers, development partners, donors, civil society and scientists. Inclusive, multi-sectoral output messages are to be developed that will feed into intergovernmental high-level processes relating to water scarcity and sustainable development.