UNESCO Supports Efforts Towards Achieving Water Security In Africa

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 - 5:50pm to Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 5:50pm
Where: 
Nigeria
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Simone Grego

UNESCO offices in Jakarta and Abuja, in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM) Nigeria, organized an “Inter-regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation for Upscaling Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ecohydrology as Tools for Achieving Water Security in Africa”. The workshop which was within the framework of the Malaysian Fund in Trust (MFIT) project titled “Upscaling water security to meet local, regional, and global challenges”, held in Abuja, Nigeria from 24th to 26th January 2017.

During the opening ceremony, the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources Mr. Suleiman Hussaini Adamu in his remarks assured that the Federal Government of Nigeria through FMWR, will implement all recommendations made at the workshop for appropriate framework and work plan that promote water security.

Also at the event was Datuk Lim Juan Jin, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Nigeria, reiterated during his remarks that Malaysia will continue to support to UNESCO’s agenda through the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) and Malaysia Funds-in-Trust (MFIT) towards the achievement of the UN Development Agenda 2030 alongside UNESCO key priority areas.

Subsequently, Mr Benoit Sossou, Regional Director and Representative, UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office, Abuja, and Dr E. A. Adanu, Executive Director NWRI delivered the opening and welcome remarks respectively. The keynote speech of Mr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific was delivered by skype and it highlighted the common issues of water quality and quantity in Africa and Asia Pacific.

UNESCO offices in Jakarta and Abuja, in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM) Nigeria, organized an “Inter-regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation for Upscaling Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ecohydrology as Tools for Achieving Water Security in Africa”. The workshop which was within the framework of the Malaysian Fund in Trust (MFIT) project titled “Upscaling water security to meet

The keynote also presented the UNESCO Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and further introduced UNESCO programmes which are related to water security, such as the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) VIII and Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP), one of IHP’s cross-cutting programmes. After the opening ceremony, the workshop witnessed expert presentations from various participants and country representatives on different topics relating to the theme of the workshop, including case studies from Asia and the Pacific, West Africa, Regional River Basin Organizations (RRBOs), as well as from water related centres in Africa.

The workshop attracted over 62 participants including representatives of various water resources agencies, river basins organizations, institutions from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as the mass media.