Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean
The crucial role of water for sustainable growth is well acknowledged, including in the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). With governance seen as the centrepiece of the water crisis, ensuring good governance at all levels is essential for integrated water resources management and the implementation of pro-poor, gender and youth-sensitive policies/strategies. Governance bottlenecks and integrity disparities jeopardise the human right to water and sanitation and hamper the financial sustainability of the water sector and the efforts towards a circular economy with the creation of ‘green/blue jobs’.
In view also of the SDGs’ implementation in the MENA, efforts towards integrity-focused institutional and regulatory frameworks and cross-sectoral approaches, utilising also the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus lens, represent a solid way towards efficiency and optimisation of resources, investments and the sector’s sustainability. Effective water governance that is integrity-bound can assist with overcoming the challenges, and deliver concrete benefits for the citizens and the environment of the MENA and contribute to the regional peace and stability.
The event is supported by Sida, through the UfM-labelled projects, “Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector” implemented by GWP-Med and the OECD, and “Water Integrity for the MENA” implemented by the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI.
11:00 Welcoming remarks
11:15 Facilitated Panel Discussion on Water Governance processes in MENA
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