AUB garnered 216 votes from the approximately 250 members of the World Water Council (WWC) during the eighth WWC General Assembly in Marseille, France, to become a member of the WWC Board of Governors (November 29 – December 1). FAFS Dean Rabi Mohtar, and Professor Mutasem Fadel from the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture represented AUB at the council.
The WWC brings together diverse organizations mobilized to advance the water cause by involving UN agencies, the World Bank, governments, NGOs, public and private companies, and universities from around the world. Through their experience and know-how, the council’s main mission is to provide practical responses to the global water crisis.
A total of 35 governors were elected during the eighth WWC General Assembly, for a term of three years, and were given the responsibility to approve the triennial budget, and adopt the work program and by-laws. Dean Mohtar was elected as one of the 10 governors and Dr. Fadel as the alternate governor under college 5: professional and academic organizations. Other member institutions on the board include the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAQ), and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“The World Water Council is one of the highest platforms to advocate for the global water agenda. It is a prime convener of scientists, policy makers, private sector and civil society all in support of water and wastewater science and policy dialogue,” said Dean Mohtar. “AUB has extensive expertise in this area and will be able to work with institutes and agencies all over the world on integrated water resources management and the role of the water-energy-food-health nexus (WEFRAH) in achieving the global water goal (UN Sustainable Development Goal 6).”
Over the next three years, the elected Board of Governors will oversee the implementation of a strategy focused on water security, access to water and sanitation, energy, health, and education. This work will be incorporated into the preparations for the ninth World Water Forum, the world's largest event on water, which will be held in Dakar in March 2021 in partnership with the Senegalese government.
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