Water Security is defined as the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability . this definition implies that water is managed sustainably throughout the water cycle and is done so through an inter-disciplinary focus, so that it contributes to socio-economic development and reinforces societal resilience to environmental impacts
and water-borne diseases without compromising the present and future health of populations and ecosystems.
Achieving water security requires allocation among users to be fair, eficient and transparent; that water to satisfy basic human needs is accessible to all at an affordable cost to the user; that water throughout the water cycle is collected and treated to prevent pollution and disease; and that fair, accessible and effective mechanisms exist to manage or address disputes or conflicts that may arise.
A secure water world is emerging as a top human development priority on the sustainable development agenda. To this end, Cairo Water Week 2020, is marking this year’s version of CWW series of conferences, with the theme “Water Security in Arid Regions” the Road to Dakar 2021, emphasizing how water is an
essential asset to all aspects of our lives including livelihood, health, economy and environment. Ensuring more equitable and sustainable access to water will ensure more progressive efforts towards reducing poverty and building peace to give practical transformative effect to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Water is fundamental to human security and its achievement through development. In order to one day reach a point of global water security, the most vulnerable impoverished groups must first be targeted within a wider framework catering to country-specific needs whilst also supporting governments through equitable funds necessary for country-wide investment in water purification, distribution and extraction facilities. this will more collectively help tackle the underlining symptoms of water security. In so doing, more concrete movements towards social well-being and inclusive
growth will transform the livelihoods of billions.
Cairo Water Week 2020 is not a one-off event, but rather part of a series of activities aimed at better connecting water organizations and wider water sector industries, regional interests, and communities. Cairo Water Week (CWW) is considered one of the biggest water-related events at the national, regional and international levels. It is an annual event organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, in collaboration with national, regional and international partners.
this year’s Conference is the third in a series concerned with the broad topic of water and sustainable development. the 2020 Conference is also part of a longer agenda of conferences, symposia, and meetings that will consider the topic of Water Security. the conference is an important platform for professional engagement, the exchange and sharing of ideas, learning from others and identify areas for partnerships and collaborations. the key events at which activities associated with the topic will be proposed, are several recent events and discussions that would highlight the links between water security, sustainable development and international peace. Cairo Water Week 2020 will take place during the period from 18th to 22nd of October 2020 in Cairo – Egypt, and will address
the main theme “Water Security in Arid Regions – the Road to Dakar 2021”, through five sub-themes overarching a broad spectrum of the water security. e main theme was chosen as a significant step towards achieving the goals of the strategic cooperation between the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) and the Executive Secretariat of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar- Senegal. In the framework of this cooperation, MWRI will support the Executive Secretariat as a strategic partner on the issue of water cooperation, one of the focus areas of the Forum. the CWW 2020 will pave the road for that important international high level water event the will be reconvened in Africa after that long time since
the first World Water Forum was convened in Morocco in 1997.