Saudi Arabia reaffirms its efforts to achieve UNSDGs at 2023 Water Conference

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Saudi at UN Water Conference 2023
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Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its commitment to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030, at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York from March 22- 24.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani , the Deputy Minister for Water at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, headed the Kingdom’s delegation and during his speech, Dr. Al-Shaibani confirmed that the Kingdom is on track to achieve sustainability, thanks to the restructuring of the water sector and the development of the National Water Strategy.

Saudi Arabia has allocated $80 billion for water projects within the coming years as part of its efforts to achieve universal and equitable access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani_Saudi at UN 2023 Water Conference
Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani
Deputy Minister for Water
Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture

“The Kingdom aspires to provide sanitation services to all by increasing the percentage of the population covered by sanitation services to be more than 95 percent by 2030. Also, KSA established the National Water Efficiency and Conservation Center. Sustainable and resilient water management was on the G20 agenda during Saudi Arabia’s presidency. He stressed that the Kingdom is on the right track to improving water demand management in agriculture to achieve SDG6.”

Dr. Al-Shaibani added that the Kingdom launched Vision 2030 and adopted the National Water Strategy in line with the goals of sustainable development. The National Water Strategy aims to preserve water resources, protect the environment, and provide high-quality and efficient services. The objectives of the National Water Strategy are in line with SDG6 in enabling access to clean and safe water globally.

The Saudi delegation participated in many plenary sessions and conference meetings. Additionally, the delegation organized a side event that highlights Saudi Arabia’s experience in water for sustainable development. New initiatives have been announced to assist in addressing the challenges facing the world, particularly for the least developed countries in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

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