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Event International forum for water: “Water, source of life or conflicts in the Near and Middle East” / L'EAU : SOURCE DE VIE OU DE CONLITS? / اﻟﻤﻴﺎﻩ : ﻣﻨﺒﻊ ﻟﻠﺤﻴﺎﻩ أو ﻣﺼﺪر ﻟﻠﻨﺰاﻋﺎت؟

Today, disputes about water are quite many all over the world, particularly in the North and the South of Africa, In the Near East, in Central America …

In the Near East for example, there are dozens of places were tensions exist.

Likewise, Egypt which is entirely dependent on the Nile for its water resources, has yet to share these resources with ten other states of the Nile basin: particularly with Ethiopia and Sudan. As to Iraq, Syria and Turkey, their political and security relations are dependent on their agreement and cooperation to share and manage the water courses of the two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates. At last, water conflicts between Israel from one side and Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine from the other could weigh heavily on the peace process in the region.

With the demographic rise and the growth of needs, these tensions may multiply in the future. It is what some experts predict for the 21st century.

Today, experts and international organizations work together to find a consensus on water sharing in order to clear the places were tensions exist and consolidate peace and stability in the world, more particularly in the Near-East.

Shall water be a source of conflict or a pacifying factor in the Near and Middle East?

What are these countries’ tomorrow’s challenges to meet the needs of their populations?

In order to tell what it is all about these strategic issues, the Euro Arab Center for Studies and the Euro Mediterranean Institute organize on September 29th, 2011, in the framework of  ”Dialogue de Paris“, a forum on the topic:

“Water, source of life or conflicts in the Near and Middle East”




08h00 – 09h00 Registration of participants

09h00 – 09h30 : Opening Session

Dr Saleh Bin Bakr AL Tayar
 *, president of the CEEA
M. Hervé de Charette *,  former french minister of Foreign Affairs , president of the Euromed Institute

09h30 – 11h:00 : Session I

Water resources and tomorrow’s challenges

- Water and international peace
- International water sharing law
- Risks of conflicts related to the sharing out of water sources and courses

  • Syria, Iraq, Turkey (the Tigris and Euphrates)
  • Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia (the Nile)
  • Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel

Leading Speaker : High international personality


- Egyptian specialized personality
- Sudanese  specialized personality
- Ethiopian specialized personality
- Jordanian specialized personality
- Syrian specialized personality 

General Discussion

11.00 : 11.30 – Coffee break

Session II: 11h:30 – 13h:00

Water resources in Arab countries
and challenges of climatic changes

- Water: a consumer product or a shared good for humanity survival
- Climatic change and its consequences on water resources in Arab countries
- Water resources in Arab countries and the necessity to develop them
- Security of water supplying and its impact on food security

Leading Speaker : High Arab  specialized personality

- Saudi  specialized personality
- High international specialized personality
- Turkish specialized personality 

General Discussion

13h: 00 to 15h: 00 : Lunch

15h:00 – 17h:00 : Session III

Water resources in Arab countries: Programs and projects of water resources development and new tapping and exploration technologies(Success of some struggling programs against desertification in Arab countries)

- Safeguard of water resources in Arab countries (problems of pollution, management,  distribution, treatment and desalination. Construction of dams … New technical and technological processes)
- Presentation of successful struggling projects against desertification and water desalination programs in some Arab countries
- The role of regional organizations in the development of common water resources tapping projects

Leading Speaker :
 Saudi dignitary specialist

- High international specialized personality
- Saudi  specialized personality
- Representative of a French company specialized in the field of water
- High representative of  IFAD

General Discussion

17h.00 : 17h.30 – Coffee break

17h:30 – 18h:30 : Closing Session

Prospects and suggested solutions to face tomorrow’s challenges related to world water supplying and water resources management and tapping

President : M. Hervé de Charetteformer France’s Minister of  foreign Affairs, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Institute – Paris

Participants :

M. Idriss Dahak*, Secretary General of the Moroccan government, expert oninternational maritime law
M. Mahmoud Abu Zeid*, President of the Arab Council Water 
Mme Irina Bokava, Director General of the Department of Education,  Science and Culture to UNESCO (to be confirmed )
M. Angel Gurrfa, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (to be confirmed)
French Minister of Environment and Ecology (to be confirmed)

**The organizers would not be responsible in case of possible inability of the planned personalities to participate, which would lead to their replacement or the cancellation of their intervention.


Personalities invited
* Confirmed 



Guests of Honor

  • Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO
  • The President of the International Water Forum
  • The French Minister of Ecology and Environment
  • His Excellency Dr. Idriss Dahak *, Secretary General of the Moroccan government - Rabat-Water Specialist




Arab personalities specialized

  • Abdul Malek Al-Alshaikh *, Secretary General of the International Prize for WaterPrince Sultan
  • Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid *, Chairman of the Arab Water Council - Cairo
  • The ingégnieur Abdul Kabir Zéhoud *, Minister in charge of water issues and theenvironment - Morocco
  • Dr. Ahmet Mete SaatciHead of Department Facultof Engineering EnvirmentalEngenineering Marmara University
  • Dr. George SoumiMinister of Irrigation - Syria
  • Maysoun Abed Hassan Al-Zaabi, Secretary General of Ministry of Water andIrrigation
  • Ingégnieur Mouhanad Al-SaadiMinister idriques Resources - Iraq
  • Dr. Mohamad Al Saud*, Vice-Minister of Water and Electricity for water affairs.Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Habib El-HabrDirector and Regional Representative UNEP
  • Fahed Bin Fahad*, Governor of the Saudi National Company for Water Desalting
  • Dr. Eglal Rached, Regional Director of the Office for the Middle East and North Africa IDRC
  • Mr. Nadim Khoury, Director for Near East and North Africa Division, IFAD
  • Dr. Saleh Al Tayar *, Chairman, Centre d’Etudes Euro-Arabe
  • A Sudanese special Personality
  • A specialized Ethiopian Personality
  • A specialized Syrian Personality
  • A specialized Jordanian Personality
  • A specialized Iraqi Personality


European personalities specialized

  • Mr. Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environment
  • Mr. Loic FauchonPresident of the International Water - Marseille
  • Dr. Paul Reiter, Executive Director International Water Association (IWA)
  • Prof. Maramootto ChandraPresident ICID
  • CIHEAM BARI LacirignolaDirector
  • HE Mr. Beverley J. OdaMinister of International Cooperation CIDA
  • Dr. Beate WilhelmHead Department of Environment, Natural Resources and FoodInWEnt
  • Dr. Odeh Al-JayyousiRegional Director-West Asia IUCN Water Programme
  • Mr. Michel JarraudWMO Secretary-General
  • Mr. Angel GURRFAOECD Secretary-General
  • François GuerquinHead of Secretariat UNSGAB
  • Mr Francis Ato BrownSector Manager, Sustainable Development Department
  • Mr. Hervé de Charette*, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Institute
Le nombre de places étant limité, prière de nous retourner votre bulletin d’inscription avant le 20‐09‐2011 par télécopie au : 33 (0)1 53 57 43 31 / Place availabilities being limited, kindly return your applicationform before 20‐09‐2011 by Fax. To : 33 (0)1 53 57 43 31

Contact information Dr.SALEH B.ALTAYARP, President of the Euro Arab Center for Studies (CEEA) (email: ; ; ;
Phone: Fax. To : 33 (0)1 53 57 43 3
Event type Seminar
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Source The Euro Arab Center for Studies (CEEA)
Geographical coverage France,
Address Pavillon Dauphin, Paris
Organizer The Euro Arab Center for Studies and the Euro Mediterranean Institute
Target audience International
Duration 08.00-18.30
Period 29/09/2011
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ARABIC , ENGLISH , FRENCH