Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean / The World Bank Group / UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility

MENA Focus - Water Security and Water Integrity challenges

Tuesday 29 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall

MENA is the world’s most water stressed region. Over 60% of MENA’s population lives under high or very high water stress, compared to some 35% for the rest of the world. Roughly 70% of the region’s economic activities are exposed to high or very high water stress, more than three times the global average of 22%. Climate change will compound these challenges as their impacts will be channeled primarily through the water cycle.  Recent work shows that MENA GDPs could face the greatest global decreases from climate-induced water scarcity ranging from 6-14%. In addition, governance challenges are pervasive in the region with questions around integrity representing a key one.

Where public institutions are facing a range of challenges in modernizing, as a result of political challenges and uncertainties, and civil society is weak, governance bottlenecks and integrity disparities jeopardize and hamper the sustainability of the water sector. Good water governance is seen as the centerpiece of the water crisis; ensuring good governance at all levels is essential. Effective water governance that is integrity-bound can assist with overcoming the challenges, deliver concrete benefits for the people and the environment of the MENA region, and contribute to regional peace and stability.


09.00 Welcome words to MENA Focus' participants
Chair: Miguel Garcia-Herraiz, Deputy Secretary General, UfM Secretariat
Vangelis Constantianos, GWP-Med

09.05 Opening of MENA Focus
H.E. Charafat Afailal, Secretary of State in Charge of Water, Morocco

09.10 Introduction
Guang Zhe Chen, Senior Director, Global Water Practice, The World Bank Group, and Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI

09.25 The World Bank Regional Water Security Assessment of the MENA region
Anders Jagerskog
, The World Bank Group

09.40 Quality of Water Governance and the role of Integrity
Hakan Tropp, SIWI

09.55 Panel discussion: Water security and water integrity challenges in the MENA region
Moderator: Vangelis Constantianos, Executive Secretary, GWP-Med

  • Ciaran O’Quinn, Executive Director, Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC)
  • Munqeth Mehyar, EcoPeace Middle East
  • Mohammed T. Obidallah, WEE Pros
  • Mohammed Hmaidi, CEO, Water Sector Regulatory Council in Palestine
  • H.E. Charafat Afailal, Secretary of State in Charge of Water, Morocco 
  • Asma Bachikh, President, Youth Water Parliament

10:30 Close of session