On the 22nd of March 2016, the Khartoum office of UNESCO contributed to the celebration of the World Water Day, which was organized by the Sudanese National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, in cooperation with the Khartoum office, the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation, and Electricity (MoWR), and other national partners. The event took place on the premises of the MoWR, and addressed the issues linked to the Sustainable Development Goal 6 “Ensure access to water … for all”: the importance of freshwater for all and its sustainable management. Other related to water issues were also discussed: sustainable development, alleviating poverty and hunger, environmental integrity, and human health.
The Minister of MoWR, ambassador Muataz Musa, the General Secretary of the National Commission, Dr. Abdulgader Noureddin, the UNESCO Khartoum office representative, Dr. Aiman Badri, and the Head of the National Commission for the Hydrology Program, Prof. Saifeldeen Hamed, presented welcoming speeches during the opening ceremony. The UNESCO representative delivered to the public the message of the General Director of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, in occasion of the World Water Day. The Minister shared his plans for restructuring the employment scale for staff and appointing 1000 new engineers in five years, starting this year the top 5 graduates from the top-rated government universities and technical colleges. This information made happy the chairman of the UNESCO Chair of Water in Omdurman Islamic University, Prof. Abdalla Abdelsalam. Then the Minister honored several national experts in the Sudanese water industry, which was followed by a conference of two working sessions where five papers about the Sudanese water industry were presented.