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Egypt selected to represent Arab countries in IHP

Tuesday، 12 June 2018 - 01:10 PM

Egypt has been elected to represent Arab countries in the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Program (IHP) of UNESCO.

This took place during the 23rd session of the IHP council which kicked off in Paris Monday and where the member states' representatives unanimously chose Egypt's candidate, Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a former irrigation minister, to be the representative of the Arab countries for the next two years.

Egypt's Ambassador in Paris and Permanent Representative to UNESCO Ihab Badawi on Monday 11/6/2018 said in a statement that Egypt was keen on effectively participating in the meetings of the IHP council in light of the crucial importance of the water-related issues and achieving the sixth goal of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) meant to ensure the provision of clean water and sanitation services to citizens in poor and developing nations.

The Egyptian delegation to UNESCO submitted a draft resolution to promote the role of the IHP on the international level and based on this resolution, the UNESCO readjusted its plan of action of 2018 and 2019 to direct better attention to water-related topics, added Badawi.

The Egyptian delegation will present at the current session Egypt's vision on implementing the action plan related to water security and international challenges as well as providing financial resources to implement the projects adopted by the council, he noted.

The IHP Council is responsible for the planning, defining priorities and supervising the execution of the International Hydrological Program (IHP). It works on water research, water resources management and building capabilities.

Egypt was elected member of the council in November and its tenure lasts from 2017 to 2021.

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