Access to safe water and sanitation is essential to human health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. This vital resource is under threat, making it crucial to address the challenges related to water, sanitation and hygiene for populations and water-related ecosystems.
Achieving universal access to drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and ensuring that services are safely managed remain major challenges, and meeting them is crucial to further progress in health, education and poverty eradication.
More than 2 billion people are affected by water stress, defined as the ratio of total freshwater withdrawn to total renewable freshwater resources above a threshold of 25 per cent, which will increase with population growth and the effects of climate change.
Hygienic sanitation facilities are crucial for public health. As per the WHO, since 1990, the number of people gaining access to improved sanitation has risen from 54% to 68% but some 2.3 billion people still do not have toilets or improved latrines.
The Arab Water Week (AWW) is a high-profile international and regional event promoted to attract decision makers, water management practitioners, and professional organizations internationally and in the Arab region. It was firstly launched in Amman, Jordan in December 2010, and organized by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) in partnership with Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) and League of Arab States- Arab Ministerial Water Council (LAS- AMWC).
AWW is a unique international event in the Arab region, which tackles water management issues through establishing innovative partnerships and platforms of collaborative work on water and wastewater issues in the region. The importance of this event lies in providing a platform for greater coordination among the existing network of key stakeholders active in the water sector in the region.
AWW does not only provide an opportunity to enhance communication flows, synergies and the sharing of successful experiences and best practices, but also, facilitates the creation of new partnerships that complement and maximize the impact of on-going work in this sector for the benefit of all countries in the region.
The AWW is a unique opportunity for the water and wastewater management community in the Arab region. It is the place where professionals, water management experts, private sector, and institutions of all types meet to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences, discuss problems and get exposed to the state of the art of new technologies and solutions.
The AWW will provide a broad technical and policy-oriented program, along with a specialized exhibition (The Arab Water Trade Fair) targeting water supply and wastewater vendor’s and other service providers in the water sector.