The Egyptian capital Cairo is making preparations to host to the 4th session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of the Water Sector in the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), slated for October 14-15.
The conference will focus on water issues in the Islamic world, with the ministers reviewing the water-related challenges and potential solutions thereto, particularly as to the intra-OIC joint projects in the field.
OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen is expected to address the meeting's inaugural session and shed light on the developments and achievements realized since the convening of the conference's last session.
Top on the agenda to be discussed by the ministers in this session will be the executive plan for the OIC vision regarding various problems and difficulties linked to water sources in the member states, in preparation for the plan's adoption at the end of the conference.
The plan includes a string of overall objectives, key amongst which: assessing the needs and capacities of the member states, identifying the leading member states' institutions in the field, executing cooperation programs on capacity-building and innovative technologies, and establishing training programs among the OIC countries' research and training institutions.
The conference will also examine the study undertaken by the OIC, in which it pinpointed the member states' needs and priorities in the area of water resources, in addition to a concept paper on the electronic network for the OIC centers of excellence active in this field.
The ministers will further have a discussion on boosting integrated water-resource management for the achievement of sustainable development objectives. The conference will, as anticipated, witness interventions by the heads of delegations who will present their countries' experiences in countering the challenges linked to water-resources.
Source: International Islamic News Agency