Egypt looks forward to reaching a balanced and binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam

Egypt looks forward to reaching a balanced and binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam
Egypt looks forward to reaching a balanced and binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam

Sisi: We have an integrated strategy for managing water resources until 2037, with an initial cost of 50 billion dollars

Egypt depends exclusively on the waters of the Nile River, and the per capita share does not exceed 560 cubic meters annually

The water crisis is one of the most pressing international challenges due to the increase in the world’s population and the stability of fresh water sources

Upholding the principles of international cooperation and solidarity to face the current global challenges has become a necessity

Egypt will spare no effort in advancing the water agenda at the United Nations and multilateral fora

Books – Ahmed Yassin: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi confirmed that the Egyptian people are closely following the developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file, stressing Egypt’s aspiration to reach as soon as possible – and without further delay – a balanced and legally binding agreement in this regard in line with the presidential statement he issued The Security Council in September 2021, which would achieve Ethiopia’s development goals, which are the goals that we understand, and even support, and at the same time limit the water, environmental, social and economic damages of this dam on Egypt and Sudan, on the basis of respect for the rules of international law and in a manner that enshrines cooperation and coordination.

President Sisi said – in a recorded speech during the opening of the fourth session of Cairo Water Week 2021 – that the civilizations of the peoples of the Nile Valley have contributed and are still contributing a major role in shaping human heritage and making human thought throughout the ages. He added that the water crisis is one of the most pressing international challenges due to the steady increase in the world’s population with the stability of fresh water sources, as well as environmental deterioration, climate change and irrational human behavior through the establishment of unplanned water projects, without taking into account the importance of maintaining the safety and sustainability of water resources. International.

He explained that these factors contribute to the aggravation of the crisis and affect the ability of countries to meet the water needs of their people, which turns the issue of managing water resources into a challenge that affects the security and safety of countries and peoples and may affect the stability of entire regions.

President Sisi said that Egypt firmly believes that advancing development efforts is a prerequisite for strengthening international peace and security, and establishing a stable global order. on sustainable water.

He added that Egypt has developed a strategic plan for managing water resources until 2037 with an initial estimated cost of 50 billion dollars, and this cost may double as a result of the current implementation rates, as the plan is based on 4 main axes: improving water quality, including the establishment of bilateral and triple treatment plants, the development of new water resources, as The past period witnessed a growing national trend, to localize seawater desalination technology, rationalize the use of available water resources and raise the efficiency of the Egyptian irrigation system, as the state adopted a national project to line canals, and switch to modern irrigation systems in order to achieve the maximum possible use of our limited water resources and create the appropriate environment, in line with With work programs and water projects, through legislative and institutional development, and raising citizens’ awareness of the importance of rationalizing water, and preserving it from all forms of waste and pollution.

President Sisi pointed out that Egypt is taking these steps, in the face of great and complex challenges, as the per capita share of water in Egypt does not exceed 560 cubic meters annually, at a time when the United Nations defined water poverty as 1,000 cubic meters of water, per person per year. Egypt is the driest country in the world with the lowest precipitation rate among other countries, which leads to almost exclusively dependence on the waters of the Nile River, which come from outside the borders. Therefore, this difficult water equation sets the case of Egypt as an early model, of what the situation could become in Many countries of the world, in the near future, with continuing challenges of water scarcity and the inability to devote effective cross-border coordination and cooperation, in accordance with the relevant rules of international law.

President Sisi explained that choosing the theme of Cairo Water Week, in its fourth session, which is “Water, Population and Global Changes – Opportunities and Challenges” comes at a time when the world is witnessing rapid changes that affect water resources and make the optimal management of them a very complex process. He pointed out that in light of this critical international crisis and based on Egypt’s firm belief in the inevitability of international cooperation and multilateral action, with the United Nations system at the heart of it, Egypt has engaged constructively in the “track of the UN Water Decade 2018-2028”, where we actively participated in its various stages, but rather We took the initiative, in coordination with a number of friendly countries, to launch a statement on the path of the Water Decade, and the upcoming United Nations conference, to review the mid-term comprehensive of the Water Decade in March 2023.

President Sisi noted that from the same standpoint, Egypt welcomed the status of the Cairo Water Week, in its current and upcoming fourth sessions in October 2022, on the path of the UN Water Decade to open a comprehensive broad discussion among various stakeholders: from governments, civil society, experts, academics, women and youth, with the aim of advancing efforts International efforts aimed at confronting water challenges, especially those related to water scarcity, securing human access to it, and strengthening cross-border cooperation in order to build complementary frameworks that consolidate regional stability, on the basis of mutual benefit and common interests.

The President said: “I would like to stress the importance of upholding the principles of international cooperation and solidarity, which would enable our peoples to face the current global challenges, in connection with water issues, so that we can succeed in confronting them by cooperating together and avoid falling into the clutches of strife over them, so that no one will emerge victorious from us, in a reckless struggle.” About the source of life that must be provided to every human being without discrimination. President Sisi called for constructive engagement, characterized by objectivity and transparency, in the activities of the fourth session of the Cairo Water Week and launching in-depth dialogues dealing with various dimensions of water issues, including their technical, political, legal, environmental, developmental and economic aspects. I also hope that your discussions will allow further development of concepts and principles. Relevant to promoting rational and sustainable management of water resources and urging countries that rip international rivers to uphold the values ​​of integration and participation, activate the rules of justice and equity, and not harm the interests of their neighbors.

He stressed that Egypt will spare no effort in advancing the water agenda in the United Nations and multilateral forums and ensuring that it receives the necessary attention, which is consistent with the value of water, which is priceless and linked to human survival and the lives of all peoples.

 
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