ARAB WATER COUNCIL MEETS AHEAD OF KUWAIT-HOSTED CONF.

CAIRO, The Arab Water Council’s executive committee opened its 12th session Wednesday, with representatives from nations including Kuwait, which is set to host a major water conference in May, in attendance.

In a speech during the session, Iraq’s Minister of Water Resources Hassan Al-Janabi said that water security is not only a major issue in the Arab region, but also a perennial concern in many parts of the world.

Al-Janabi, who heads the committee’s current session, added that Arab nations need to ratchet up cooperation ahead of the World Water Forum due in Brazil in March, pointing out that water and food security are often inextricably linked.

Addressing the session, the Arab League’s assistant undersecretary for economic affairs Kamal Hassan said that water scarcity is a “dilemma of epic proportions” that plagues a number of Arab countries.

He revealed that the session’s agenda includes a wide range of water issues in a meeting that brings together representatives from Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Iraq, Qatar, Sudan and the Comoros.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jamal Jaballah, the director of environmental management, housing and water resources at the Arab League, said that officials will examine the progress of a comprehensive Arab plan to ensure water security.

Attendees will also discuss what more Arab nations can do to make better use of water resources, Jaballah said, citing the likelihood of an imminent meeting involving water ministers from across the Arab region.

The undersecretary of the Kuwaiti ministry of electricity and water Mohammad Boushehri is heading his country’s delegation to the session.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK