“MENA Focus”: Regional Events dedicated to the Middle East & North Africa officially launched at the Stockholm World Water Week

This year’s Stockholm World Water Week successfully launched the inclusion of a set of events dedicated to the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region in the Week’s official programme, alongside the Regional Days for Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) had been selected and serves as the overall coordinator for these “MENA Focus” events. The Sessions were organized in partnership with a number of international regional institutions and organisations.

The Stockholm World Water Week 2016 was held from 28 August to 2 September under the overarching theme of ‘Water for Sustainable Growth’. Among the Week’s more than 140 events covering a range of subjects, the “MENA Focus” took place on 30 and 31 August consisting of 4 targeted 90-minute sessions ensuring that the region’s priorities are duly reflected in the programme, aligned with the Week’s annual theme.

Apart from coordinating the overall “MENA Focus”, GWP-Med also co-convened the first two sessions, along with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe – BGR) for the first one and the United Nations Development Programme – Stockholm International Water Institute Water Governance Facility (UNDP-SIWI WGF) for the second one. The other two “MENA Focus” sessions were led by GWP-Med partners working actively in the region: the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in the case of the 3rd session, and the Regional Environmental Center (REC) in the case of the 4th session.

1. “Seeking answers to the MENA water crisis”

2. “Strengthening Water Governance through Integrity & Sustainable Financing”

3. “Informing the SDGs through the Arab MDG+ Initiative”

4. “World Café 2016: Water, Growth, Stability”