The Arab Water Week (AWW) is a biennial conference and assembly in the Arab region organised by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA). It aims to address water management challenges through facilitating partnerships and sharing of international best practice and knowledge. AWW attracts representation from ministerial delegations, private sector, utilities, and the scientific community.
In its fifth installation this year, AWW takes place from 3–7 March 2019 with the theme “Towards Sustainable Development in Water and Sanitation”.
In 2017, UNU-FLORES jointly organised a workshop with UN-Habitat and ACWUA on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.3 to seek endorsement for a prototype monitoring methodology, Wastewater Reuse Effectiveness Index (WREI). Subsequently, UNU-FLORES and UN-Habitat were invited by the Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation, in São Paulo, Brazil to pilot-test the methodology using data from the State of São Paulo. The UN-Water Synthesis Report on SDG 6 released in June 2018 acknowledged UNU-FLORES’s contribution by advocating for the inclusion of a sub-indicator on wastewater reuse.
The organisers of the 5th AWW 2019 have invited Dr Mathew Kurian, Head of Capacity Development and Governance, to serve on the scientific committee of the Conference and moderate a session on SDG 6.3, organised by UN-Habitat, to share UNU-FLORES’s experience with developing, pilot-testing, and validating the WREI monitoring methodology.
King Hussein Bin Talal Conference Centre