A Conference “Integrated and Sustainable Management of Non-Nile Water in Sudan” took place on 21-23 November 2017 in Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum. The Conference was initiated by the UNESCO Chair for Water Resources and UNESCO Khartoum office, and attracted contributions and cooperation of UN Environment, UNICEF, UNOPS, Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, European Union, DFID, and Regional Centre for Water Harvesting. More than 150 participants from 7 countries (Sudan, UK, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Netherlands) discussed about 40 presentations.
The opening ceremony of the Conference on 21 November was honored by H.E. Major General Mr. Abdelrahman Al Mahdi, the Assistant to President of Sudan, H.E. Amb. Muataz Musa, the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity, H.E. Dr. Hassan Hilal, the Minister of Environment and Physical Development, H.E Mr. Jean-Michel Dumond, the EU Ambassador in Sudan, H.E. Mr. Michael Aron, the UK Ambassador in Sudan, H.E. Mr. Nabil Saad, the Undersecretary at Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, H.E. Dr. Ali Mahmoud, the Head of Finance Committee in National Assembly of Sudan, H.E. Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the Representative of UNESCO to Sudan, H.E. Mr. Utila Uras, the Representative of UN Environment to Sudan, H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al Fadil, the Representative of UNICEF to Sudan, H.E. Mr. Sergei Pushkarev, the Representative of UNOPS to Sudan, Dr. Alice Aureli, the Head of Groundwater Section in UNESCO IHP and Prof. Hassan Abass, the Vice Chancellor at the Omdurman Islamic University.
During the opening ceremony, H.E. Major General Mr. Abdel Rahman Al Mahdi, the President Assistant, welcomed the participating experts and scientists, stressed on the link between National Security and water resources and highlighted challenges for Sudan including migration, climate change, globalization, energy, poverty, where county’s development requires better managing water resources. H.E. Mr. Mutaz Musa, the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity, outlined the current Zero Thirst Project to supply water throughout the country and called the Conference to become biennial. H.E. Mr. Jean-Michel Dumond, the EU Ambassador in Sudan, called for better understanding the water situation in Sudan and referred to Wadi Al Kuu project. H.E. Mr. Michael Aron, the UK Ambassador in Sudan, outlined the support for IWRM in Sudan, which the UK Government provides via different development Programmes. Dr. Alice Aureli, the Head of Groundwater Section in UNESCO IHP, presented UNESCO’s Water Programmes including recent WINS. The Representatives of UN Environment and UNICEF to Sudan also addressed the participants describing Water Programmes of their distinguished agencies.
Then, during 3 days, participants discussed different issues of IWRM in Sudan, concentrating on other than Nile waters.
The Conference was accompanied by an exhibition, where organizing partners presented different information materials about their activities related to the subject of the Conference.