HLE01: Second Meeting of the OIC Water Council: (Closed Meeting – By Invitation)
The meeting will be held on 21st and 22nd of October 2019 on the sidelines of the Cairo water week 2019.
The Water Council aims at activating cooperation among the OIC member states in the field of water, in addition to following up the efforts and progress achieved in this regard. The second meeting of the council is considered an attempt to put countries on the right track to implement their national water strategy under the general framework of the OIC vision. The meeting hopes to produce concrete conclusions and recommendations focusing on shared priorities that will work as guidelines for countries in cooperation.
The program of the second meeting of the OIC Water Council includes a meeting of senior officials of the member states of the Council on the 21st of October 2019, to discuss the most important issues of shared interest and concern such as capacity building, wastewater treatment, transboundary issues as well as financial support. This will be followed by a one-day meeting on the 22nd of October, for the ministers to come up with important decisions on motivating cooperation among OIC member states.
The meeting would provide an opportunity for OIC organizations to introduce their most important activities, related to OIC water vision contributing to the development of programs to activate cooperation among countries in the field of water. The meeting will be attended by some international organizations as observers to come up with definite programs for enhancing cooperation among the OIC countries.
HLE02: Presidential Championing Infrastructure Initiative – Inter-Ministerial Committee Meeting (PICI – IMC) (Closed Meeting – By Invitation)
The meeting will consider the Technical Report of the Technical Task Team Project Status Report (TTT). The ministers will also presents all obstacles and constraints that might hinder the smooth project implementation. Inter-Ministerial Project Status Report will be developed to be presented to the PICI Head of states.
11 ministers will attend the meeting in addition to high senior staff.
Presidential Championing Infrastructure Initiative (PICI)
HLE03: Expert Meeting of the Egyptian - Dutch Advisory Panel on Water Management (Closed Meeting – By Invitation)
The meeting will be held on 23rd – 24th of October 2019 on the sidelines of the Cairo Water Week 2019 and it
will tackle the follow up of the panel activities and thenew cooperation programme between Egypt and the
The Egyptian-Dutch Advisory Panel on Water Management has a long history of supporting and promoting the
cooperation between the two governments since it was established in 1976. The panel is chaired by the Egyptian
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation and the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water. It includes
members from different ministries relevant to water sector on both Egyptian and Dutch sides.
Egypt and the Netherlands have many things in common; they are both densely populated countries where
most of the economic activities, including agriculture, take place in the delta of an important river system.
Adequate land and water management is therefore crucial for the development of both countries, which have
some problems in common, including land drainage.
The Egyptian – Dutch cooperation evolved with time to include many aspects in water management including:
Water resources policy, planning and strategy, Participatory approach in water management, Environmental
aspects and water quality management, Public-private partnerships for water resources infrastructure
management, Information transfer and public awareness, Capacity development, Institutional development,
Socio-economic aspects, and Climate change and coastal zone protection.
The objective of the Meeting includes: to continue the dialogue on the progress of the partnership and provide
an update on completed and/or running activities, studies and projects; to exchange information and knowledge
regarding the three themes of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two ministries, namely,
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Rural Sanitation and Wastewater Management, and Water and
Agriculture and; to discuss future actions and the plans of the panel for 2019/2020.
HLE04: First meeting of the Joint High-Level Committee between water and Agriculture (Closed Meeting – By Invitation)
The meeting will be held on 23rd – 24th of October 2019 on the sidelines of the Cairo Water Week 2019.
The League of Arab States and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), in collaboration with FAO and ESCWA are organizing the first meeting of the High Level Joint Committee for Water and Agriculture in the Arab Region in response to the resolution of the First Arab Joint Ministerial Council of Water and Agriculture, which
adopted the Cairo Declaration and was held along the Land and Water Days Regional Conference on 4 April 2019. The high level joint committee is the technical arm of the joint Ministerial Council of Water and Agriculture that elaborates regional policies and programs to ensure proper coordination and coherence between water and agriculture policies.
Aside from establishing the policy action framework and programming priorities for the water-agriculture nexus in the Arab region, the high level joint committee will develop an action plan for the five years to come. The thematic focus of the first meeting will be “Mechanisms for sustainable water resources allocation for the agricultural sector in the Arab region”. The debate will be inspired by sharing of experiences and a regional policy paper on sustainable and innovative mechanisms of water allocation. The ultimate objective is to achieve food security and water resources sustainability through coordination, coherence and integration between sectorial water and agriculture policies in
the Arab region.
HLE05: League of Arab States Meeting of the Restricted Committee on Guidelines for Cooperation on Shared Water between Arab Countries
The meeting will be held on 22nd of October 2019 on the sidelines of the Cairo Water Week 2019. The event is an intergovernmental meeting of high level representatives of three countries, Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The meeting objective is to discuss the draft guidelines of cooperation between Arab countries on
shared water. The meeting is a follow up on the decision of the Arab Water Ministerial Council and is supported by ESCWA.