MENA Focus: Informing the SDGs through the Arab MDG+ Initiative
The SDGs and targets recognize the importance of considering water availability and sustainability, which is a marked improvement on the MDGs.
The Arab Ministerial Water Council in 2009 had expressed concerns regarding the indicators used to monitor access to water and sanitation under the MDGs. This resulted in their establishment of the MDG+ Initiative as a Regional Mechanism for Improved Monitoring and Reporting on Access to Water Supply and Sanitation Services in the Arab Region. The initiative has generated annual reports on a set of water supply and sanitation indicators that take into consideration water scarcity, water quality, service intermittency, affordability, wastewater treatment and reuse. The data is collected from National Monitoring Teams established in 18 Arab States, who are technically supported by ESCWA, ACWUA with funding provided by Sida.
This event will elaborate on lessons learned from implementing the inter-governmental MDG+ Initiative with the aim of fostering discussion on water-related indicators and institutional mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on the water-related SDGs at the national, regional and global levels.
It is expected that the event would contribute to the MENA Water Day programme and build upon discussions initiated during a high level session at the start of the day.
Session I: Arab Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Development
9:00 Opening Remarks on the Water-related SDGs in the Arab Region
Ms. Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development Policies Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Lebanon (Moderator)
9:05 The Arab Ministerial Water Council and its Water Security Strategy for Sustainable Development (2010-2030)
Mr. Hammou Lamrani, Advisor, Department of Environment, Housing, Water Resources and Sustainable Development, League of Arab States, Egypt
9:10 The Human Right to Water and Sanitation
H.E. Mr. Mazen Ghoneim, Minister, Palestinian Water Authority, State of Palestine
9:20 Swedish Support for Arab Cooperation on Water and the SDGs
Dr. Anders Jägerskog, Counselor, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Embassy of Sweden, Jordan
Session II: Lessons learned from the MDG+ Initiative
9:35 Origins of the MDG+ Initiative
Eng. Khaldoun Khashman, Secretary General, Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), Jordan
9:40 The MDG+ Initiative Indicators and Findings for Informing the SDGs
Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane, Chief, Water Resources Section, Sustainable Development Policies Division, Lebanon, UN-ESCWA
9:55 Institutional Arrangements for Informing SDG Implementation
Dr. Jarrah Al-Zubi, Technical Advisor, MDG+ Unit, ACWUA, Jordan
10:10 Key Performance Indicators for Monitoring Water Services and the MDG+ Initiative Findings for Egypt
Dr. Ahmed Moawad, Vice Chairman, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Egypt
10:30 Closing Remarks
Institutional Arrangements for Informing SDG ImplementationInstitutional Arrangements for Informing SDG Implementation
The MDG+ Initiative Indicators and Findings for Informing the SDGsThe MDG+ Initiative Indicators and Findings for Informing the SDGs
Key Performance Indicators for Monitoring Water Services and the MDG+ Initiative Findings for EgyptKey Performance Indicators for Monitoring Water Services and the MDG+ Initiative Findings for Egypt
MDG+ Initiative 2015 Reporthttp://www.acwua.org/mdg+/news/624-water-supply-and-sanitation-services-in-the-arab-region-mdg-initiative-first-report-2015
Webpage for accessing MDG+ Initiative 2015 Report in English or Arabic
MDG+ Initiative: Supporting the Move from the MDGs to SDGs in the Arab Regionhttps://www.unescwa.org/sites/www.unescwa.org/files/page_attachments/brochure-mdgs_to_sdgs-nov2015.pdf
Booklet summarizes the MDG+ Indicators on water supply, sanitation and wastewater treatment; highlights some of the findings of the 2015 MDG+ Initiative Report; and illustrates linkages between the MDG+ Indicators and those included in SDG-6.
ESCWA Working Paper: Drawing on the MDG+ Initiative for Informing the Water-related SDGs in the Arab Regionhttps://www.unescwa.org/sites/www.unescwa.org/files/events/files/working_paper_on_mdg_for_informing_water-related_sdgs-31march16.pdf
ESCWA Working Paper on how the MDG+ Initiative indicators on water supply and sanitation in the Arab Region can help to inform and support monitoring of the water-related SDGs, and particularly SDG-6.
ESCWA Water Development Report 5: Issues in Sustainable Water Resources Management and Water Serviceshttps://www.unescwa.org/publications/escwa-water-development-report-5-issues-sustainable-water-resources-management-and
This issue of ESCWA's biennial water development report covering the Arab region reviews the indicators and institutional framework established under the auspices of the Arab Ministerial Water Council to monitor and report on access to and management of