UNDP helps the Government of Iraq to enhance international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers
In collaboration with the Government of Iraq (GoI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a 3-day workshop on enhancing international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers.
Held over the period of 13 to 15 November at Al Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad, the workshop was attended by 31 senior Iraqi officials from the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council, Council of Minsters' Secretariat, Council of Representatives, National Security Advisory as well as the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Water Resources, Agriculture, and Health and Environment.
Iraq's Minister of Water Resources, H.E. Dr Hassan Janabi, said: “We appreciate UNDP's role in building capacity to cooperate on the sustainable management of the region's vital water resources.”
UNDP’s Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme Manager, Mr. Tarik-ul-Islam, elaborated: “The workshop emphasized not only on how to foster cooperation, but also how sustainable international water management is a necessity to cope with Iraq's water scarcity.”
Amongst the workshop presentations were the GoI's on the status of the water resources in Iraq, in addition to UNDP’s on the best international practices and principles in cooperation on international water resources.