On the 27-28 February 2018, the UNESCO Khartoum Office and Regional Center for Water Harvesting (RCWH) conducted a workshop on the Role of Stakeholders in Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals Related to the Water Harvesting in Grand Holiday Villa Hotel, Khartoum. With more than 60 participants, the workshop aimed to promote 2030 Development Agenda in the area of Water Harvesting, share knowledge and enhance appropriate networks.
The workshop was honoured by H.E. Mr. Mutaz Musa, the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWR), H.E. Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the Representative of UNESCO to Sudan, H.E. Mr. Sjoerd Smit, the Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of Netherlands in Khartoum, H.E. Prof. Abdin Salih, the Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, and distinguished key professionals in the Sudanese Water Sector and representatives of many International organizations such as EU, JICA, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM and UNESCO’s family and networks.
During the opening session, Eng. Hatim Al Badri, the Director of the Regional Center for Water Harvesting (UNESCO Category II Centre) referred to coordination and knowledge sharing as the key toward improving performance in Water Harvesting. Eng. Mohamed Khallafallah, the representative of the Sudanese National IHP Committee spoke about IWRM as optimal methodology for managing water challenges of Sudan. H.E. Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, Representative of UNESCO to Sudan and Head of UNESCO Khartoum Office, overviewed the status of development of country’s framework for 2030 Development Agenda, mentioned UNESCO’s success in leading SDG 4 (Quality Education for all) in Sudan and called for more national efforts toward attaining SDG 6 (Clear Water and Improved Sanitation for all). H.E. Prof. Abdin Salih, the Member of UNESCO’s Executive Board and Advisor to RCWH presented to the public the UNESCO’s global water networks, including UNESCO Institute for Water Education in Netherlands, numerous UNESCO’s Centres and Chairs, and attracted attention to benefit of working together with other partners toward achieving the goals of the 2030 Development Agenda.
The first session started with presentation of Prof. Abdin Salih about Water Resources in Sudan, then Mr. Amar Ali from Dams Implementation Unit in MoWR overviewed ministry’s water harvesting projects within scope of National Zero Thirst Program, and Mr. Madwai Ibrahim from Drinking Water and Sanitation Unit in MoWR outlined Unit’s projects.
The second session consisted of presentations by representatives from International organizations, including UNDP, UNICEF, JICA, UNESCO Khartoum Office, IOM and WRC.
Next day, the third sessions included presentations of the RCWH, UNESCO Chair for Water Resources, Hydraulic Research Centre, and UNESCO Chair for Women in Sciences and Technology. The fourth session gave a floor to presentations of the Sudanese National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Youth Parliament for Water, and National Company for Drilling and Investment.
The workshop ended by the discussion session. The participants agreed to further strengthening the cooperation in view of the Sudanese part of the 2030 Development Agenda.