The FAO-led workshop is the first regional follow-up to the Rome Water Dialogue (Nov 2022) and aims to promote country-led National Water Roadmaps. It is organized by FAO and hosted by the Government of Zimbabwe.
Water is one of the world´s most important resources. It is central to agriculture, which accounts for 72 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
While there is increasing awareness of water importance, there is still a need for more effective, integrated and coordinated actions, coupled with strong political will in recognizing water in a holistic manner to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
There is an urgent need to consider how best to address these interconnected issues and to understand why and how water resources can be used to achieve social, economic and environmental objectives embedded in national development strategies. In this context, FAO has proposed a country-led water dialogue and country-owned National Water Roadmaps to help strengthen the inter-sectoral coordination on sustainable water resources management, accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The event will be held in-person and online. Registration to attend online is open now. Kindly REGISTER HERE .
Wednesday 22 February
09.00 – 10.00 High Level Opening
Opening Remarks by His Excellency, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Emerson Mnangagwa (tbc)
Remarks by FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu (in person)
Remarks by Ministers of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) of Southern African Development Community (SADC): Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Cape Verde, Senegal, Morocco (tbc)
Remarks by African Union (tbc)
Remarks by African Development Bank (tbc)
10.00 – 10.30 Keynote Presentation
by Lifeng Li, FAO Director of Land and Water Division (in person)
The full agenda is available HERE and at the Agenda link in the side bar
Source: Food And Agriculture organization of the United Nations