Egypt's former irrigation minister Mahmoud Abu-Zeid was elected on Monday to represent the Arab Group at the International Hydrological Program (IHP) of UNESCO in the coming two years.
Egypt was keen on
effective participation in the IHP meetings over the past months to serve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 on clean water
and sanitation, Egypt's permanent
envoy to UNESCO Ihab Badawi said on Monday.
IHP is the only
intergovernmental program of the UN system devoted to water research, water
resources management, and education and capacity building. Since its inception
in 1975, IHP has evolved from an internationally coordinated hydrological
research program into an encompassing, holistic program to facilitate education
and capacity building, and enhance water resources management and governance.
IHP facilitates an
interdisciplinary and integrated approach to watershed and aquifer management,
which incorporates the social dimension of water resources, and promotes and
develops international research in hydrological and freshwater sciences.
Hydrological Program, founded in 1975 and implemented in six-year programmatic
time intervals or phases, is entering its eighth phase to be
implemented during the period 2014-2021.