High Level Regional Conference on "Water Sector Integrity in the Arab Region: Risk, Solutions, and Roles of Stakeholders" in Tunisia


High Level Regional Conference on "Water Sector Integrity in the Arab Region: Risk, Solutions, and Roles of Stakeholders" in Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia, 6/10/2024 - 6/11/2024

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Water affects all aspects of life and is indispensable to upholding human rights and humanitarian security across all levels, particularly concerning water, food, and energy security. It is fundamental for achieving sustainable development, as emphasized by Agenda 2030, specifically SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. Consequently, the water sector represents a critical regional priority in the Arab region, facing persistent and growing challenges. These challenges primarily include water scarcity amidst increasing demand, the impact of climate change, exacerbating conflicts, and the weak capacities in implementing integrated water resources management plans.

For that reason, governments, regional and international organizations, as well as non-governmental entities are making efforts to address these challenges and find appropriate solutions. However, these efforts have not yet adequately addressed the impact of corruption on this vital sector and the role of integrity in enhancing its capacity to tackle challenges and support its role in achieving sustainable development. Various factors increase corruption risks in the water sector, including scarcity and shortage, which intensify competition for this essential resource among individuals, groups, investors, and private sector entities. This is compounded by the intricate nature of the sector and the substantial financial resources required for its management, maintenance, and development, as well as governance loopholes within pertinent legal and institutional frameworks, procedural complexities, lack of transparency, digitalization and access to information.

In this context, and in the framework of its regional partnership with the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources, and Fisheries of the Republic of Tunisia, held a High-Level Regional Conference titled "Water Sector Integrity in the Arab Region: Risks, Solutions, and Roles of Stakeholders" in Tunis on the 10th and 11th of June 2024.

The regional conference was attended by ministers and representatives of water ministries, heads and representatives of anti-corruption agencies, financial and administrative oversight bodies from Arab and partner states, in addition to prominent experts from regional and international organizations, research centers, and specialized civil society organizations.

For your inquiries, please contact us via email at aciac@undp.org.

Documentation:
Agenda [English][Arabic]
 
List of Participants [English][Arabic]
 
Report on Sectoral Corruption Risk Management in the Water Sector in Tunisia [Arabic]
 
Executive Summary: Report on Sectoral Corruption Risk Management in the Water Sector in Tunisia [English]
 
First Session: Corruption in the Water Sector and the Socio-Economic Costs [English]
 
First Session: The Relationship between Water Sector Integrity and Requirements for Achieving Water, Food, and Energy Security [English]
 
Third Session: Sectoral Corruption Risk Management Methodology [Arabic]
 
Third Session: Tunisian Experience in Managing Corruption Risks in the Water Sector [Arabic]
 
Fifth session: The Role of the World Bank in Enhancing Water Sector Integrity [English]
 
Fifth Session: The Role of Concerned Stakeholders in Enhancing Water Sector Integrity and Means of Cooperation at Local, National, and Cross Border Levels [English]

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