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HLE1.1: Policy dialogues in water scarce countries for achieving SDGs

CWW 2021 shares a strong commitment to advancing water-related SDGs, as well as all related aspects of the 2030 Agenda as appropriate and supporting the implementation of the objectives of the Water Action Decade. Ministers and high representatives responsible for water affairs, environment, and sustainable development will be invited to deliver consolidated messages during the high-level conference on policy dialogues in water-scarce regions for achieving water-related SDGs. The H.L conference will address many topics including, water scarcity, cooperation, finance, and innovation. Key messages will be delivered from CWW as one of the international selected conferences to the United Nations Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Water Action Decade to be held in March 2023.

HLE3.1: Meetings of the High Level Joint Technical Committee for Water-Agriculture of the League of Arab States (Closed Meeting)

Convener (s): League of Arab States (LAS), Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), Arab Organization for Agriculture Development (AOAD)

The League of Arab States and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), in collaboration with FAO and ESCWA are organizing this meeting. The High-Level Joint Water-Agriculture Technical Committee (HLJTC) is the technical arm of the Joint Water-Agriculture Ministerial Council of the League of Arab States.
After its establishment by the resolution of the joint Water-Agriculture Ministerial meeting on 4 April 2019, which resulted in the adoption of the 2019 Cairo Declaration, the first meeting of the HLJTC was held in October 2019 and requested partner organizations, FAO and UNESCWA, to assist in (i) operationalizing the 2019 Cairo Declaration by developing a plan of action for the period 2021-2025 and (ii) developing guidelines for sustainable allocation of water resources for agriculture. The second meeting of the HLJTC was held virtually in October 2020 whereby a draft plan of action to implement the 2019 Cairo Declaration was presented and discussed with member countries. The HLJTC requested the joint secretariat and partner organizations to consolidate the countries’ feedback on the action plan and prepare a revised version to be reviewed in this meeting. On the guidelines for sustainable allocation of water resources for agriculture, FAO and UNESCWA, in collaboration with the joint secretariat, established a working group with external senior consultants to prepare the requested guidelines. The draft guidelines will be presented and discussed during the meeting. In addition to these two documents, the agenda of this meeting will include the introduction of the use of non-conventional water resources for agriculture, identified in the first meeting of the HLJC as a crosscutting theme between water and agriculture sectors to be jointly explored and addressed. To prepare for this agenda item, partner organizations will collaborate in preparing a background paper to identify the status of practice and areas to move forwards on this issue. The recommendations of the HLJTC on the above-mentioned three documents will be presented in the meeting of the Joint Water-Agriculture Ministerial Council to obtain the directions and course of action on these issues through a resolution from the council.

HLE4.1: Joint Water-Agriculture Ministerial Council of the League of Arab States (Closed Event).

Convener (s): League of Arab States (LAS), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Cairo Water Week is honored to announce hosting the Joint Water-Agriculture Ministerial Council of the League of Arab States. The meeting will be held virtually on the margin of the 4th Cairo Water Week in coordination with the League of Arab States to move forward in possible endorsement for HLJTC revised version of the action plan to implement the 2019 Cairo declaration, the draft guidelines for sustainable allocation of water resources for agriculture. In addition, discussing and identifying the council’s agenda directions for the use of non-conventional water resources for agriculture in the Arab region.

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