The State of Qatar, represented by the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, participated in the 11th Governing Board Meeting of the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM).

The meeting, held under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was also participated by representatives from Oman, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

In his remarks, Minister Al-Kaabi welcomed the members of the council, and voiced Qatar’s appreciation for the invitation to join the important meet, which he said would help enhance regional and international cooperation in water management. The Minister also noted the efforts, which have been made to create a culture for the optimal use and rationalisation of water resources in a way that will positively reflect people’s lives and welfare.

Iran Minister of Energy and President of RCUWM, HE Reza Ardakanian, opened the meeting by reviewing the centre’s activities and achievements, noting the importance of their long and medium-term programmes in achieving the objectives set by UNESCO. The centre’s Director Ali Javushian, reviewed the items of the agenda and highlighted the recommendations of the 10th meeting.

The meeting was held virtually and was also attended by KAHRAMAA President, HE Engineer Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, who discussed expanding cooperation between member states in the water sector. The participants also reviewed the report during the tenth meeting in Tehran, and the RCUWM’s work and upcoming plans.

At the end of the meeting, the participants were briefed on the centre’s programmes for joint scientific research on water issues in the region; methods of information exchange and technology transfer; documentation of best practices and lessons learned; and raising recommendations in this respect.

The Governing Council is the most important decision-making body in the Regional Center for Urban Water Management with 17 member countries which include Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, and Turkey.