SESRIC Participated in High-Level Dialogue on Mainstreaming Climate Action in the Water Sector at the 9th World Water Forum
Date: 24 March 2022
Venue: Dakar - Senegal

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and has been organized every three years by the World Water Council in collaboration with a host country. On 21–26 March 2022, the 9th World Water Forum was held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal, with the theme "Water Security for Peace and Development." The Forum provided a unique platform for collaboration to make long-term progress on global water issues by bringing together the international water community and important decision-makers.

SESRIC participated in the Forum's High-Level Dialogue on "Mainstreaming Climate Action in the Water Sector" on 24 March 2022, which was co-organized by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and League of Arab States (LAS). The event attracted various participants from around the world, including government representatives, directors of international organizations, international development agencies, and experts in water resources management.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Mohammad Jameel Yushau from IsDB, and further opened by remarks from Dr. Mansur Muhtar, VP Operations of IsDB; Madam Ramata Almamy Mbaye, Director of Social and Human Sciences Sector of ICESCO; and Amb. Shahira Wahbi of LAS. The panel continued with a high-level dialogue on country experiences, addressed by H.E. Nizar Baraka, Minister of Equipment and Water, Kingdom of Morocco, and H.E. Ragab Abdel Azim, Undersecretary for Water, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Republic of Egypt.

Dr. Fahman Fathurrahman, who represented SESRIC at the panel, discussed the current situation and challenges facing the OIC's water sector, focusing on major findings from the OIC Water Report 2021. He noted that the water sector in OIC countries is currently under significant strain as a result of four alarming trends: unequal resource availability, rising demand and decreasing quality, severe water stress and overall water hazards, and a shortfall in clean water and sanitation provisions. Apart from that, the water sector is under threat from climate change and its increasing interdependence with other critical sectors such as agriculture and energy. Cooperation among member countries is one of the key takeaways for moving forward in resolving water issues.

The panel concluded with a discussion on how countries might work together to integrate climate adaptation and mitigation measures in the water sector into national planning processes.