MEWA Minister Engages in Bilateral Talks at World Water Forum in Indonesia

MEWA Minister Engages in Bilateral Talks at World Water Forum in Indonesia

Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) Eng. Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen Alfadley, who heads the Kingdom’s delegation to the 10th World Water Forum, held in Indonesia between May 18 and 25, has held a series of meetings on the sideline of the event.

These were with the director-general of the European Commission Environment Department, the global director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice, the deputy minister of the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge in Spain, the representative of the ministries of infrastructure and the environment and special envoy for International Water Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and with the representative of the prime minister, and senior minister of state at the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment of Singapore.

At the meetings, Alfadley stressed the need to tackle water challenges and exchange experience in order to speed up technological advancements, innovation, research, and best practices to address global water issues.

Alfadley talked about the objectives of the Global Water Organization, an initiative launched by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, which aims to ensure water abundance and foster concerted efforts for a safe and sustainable water future for all. He also emphasized the importance of increasing partnerships and international cooperation to tackle global water challenges, and encourage countries to join the organization.

Alfadley also highlighted Saudi Arabia's achievements in water conservation, desalination technologies, and water management and best practices, which align with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Officials from the countries and organizations Alfadley met make mention of Saudi Arabia’s progress in the water sector and its leadership role in global initiatives concerning this sector.

Alfadley also discussed cooperation in water and environmental issues, and talked about Saudi Arabia's preparations for hosting the 11th World Water Forum in 2027 in Riyadh under the theme "Action for a Better Tomorrow" as well as about the preparations for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which will take place this year in Riyadh from December 2 to 13.

The 10th World Water Forum will discuss topics such as water security and prosperity; water for humans and nature; disaster risk reduction and management; governance, cooperation, and hydro-diplomacy; sustainable water finance; and knowledge and innovation.