Today, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, participated in the high-level round table on the “United Nations Water Conference 2023”, held within the activities of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, and Amina Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
During her speech, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed stressed that the issue of water is closely related to the three pillars of sustainable development, noting that without achieving the sixth goal of the sustainable development goals, we will not be able to fully achieve the 2030 agenda, including food security, health coverage and combating climate change. Preserving ecosystems and promoting peace.
And she said in a press statement, today, Friday, that water is an integral part of human progress, however, human progress itself, in addition to population growth, has intensified pressure on water resources, explaining that the global water crisis is becoming more complex due to recent multifaceted challenges. , especially related to Corona and the food and fuel crises.
Al-Said indicated that due to the increasing demand, excessive exploitation of resources and pollution, about 2.5 billion people will live in areas that suffer from water scarcity by 2050, and more than half of the world’s population will be at risk due to water stress, and desertification alone will threaten the livelihoods of nearly 1 billion people in nearly 100 countries, severe water scarcity could displace up to 700 million people by 2030.
The Minister of Planning stressed that Egypt attaches great importance to the United Nations Water Conference for 2023, which will be the first United Nations conference on water since 1977, praising the comprehensive approach and the consultative process implemented by the Netherlands and Tajikistan, co-hosts of the United Nations Water Conference 2023, in cooperation with the United Nations Secretariat.
Al-Said continued, that Egypt was at the forefront of the countries that launched the trans-regional statement on water, which was signed by 168 countries and 11 organizations in 2021 to reflect global priorities towards a decade.
The United Nations Water, noting that Egypt included the Cairo Water Week in its second edition for the year 2021 and 2022 in the preparatory meetings for the 2023 Water Conference, and Egypt is also organizing the high-level segment of the Cairo Water Week 2022 from 16 to 17 October 2022 to continue “policy dialogues in countries suffering from water scarcity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” based on the “Cairo Conclusions for 2021” to present tangible results and influential initiatives for the 2023 Conference.
The Minister of Planning explained that the focus should be on accelerating the achievement of all water-related goals and objectives contained in the 2030 Agenda, especially Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals, stressing that water scarcity still constitutes a complex challenge, especially in Africa and the Middle East, stressing that Ensure the protection and fulfillment of the human rights to water with special attention to the most vulnerable groups living in water scarcity countries.
Dr. Hala Al-Saeed added that there is a need to apply the best available science and knowledge and exchange good practices, pointing to the adoption of Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the National Water Resources Plan (2017-2037) as a water policy that combines the effective use of renewable water resources and the increasing dependence on non-conventional water sources..
In the conclusion of her speech, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development stressed that climate risks related to water affect billions of people around the world, stressing that this year represents an exceptional opportunity to strengthen the links between water and climate agendas, through my two conferences. COP27 And theUN No. 2023 About water, where the Egyptian presidency of the conference will work COP27 Through three main aspects, namely, the organization of the water ward in COP27Presenting the “Action on Water Adaptation and Resilience” initiative, which focuses on reducing water losses and improving water supply, proposing and supporting the implementation of mutually agreed policies and methods of cooperative work related to water and its co-benefits, and enhancing cooperation and interdependence between water and climate action to achieve the 2030 Agenda , especially Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals, in addition to launching the action plan of the United Nations Secretary-General’s initiative to cover all people on the planet with early warning systems that protect people from climate change within 5 years, which is an important contribution to adaptation and resilience, especially In Africa.