Ms. Amanda Loeffen, WaterLex General Manager, and Dr. Florian Thevenon, WaterLex Scientific Officer, will present key aspects of different models and initiatives and stress the importance of dialogue in discussions on the issue of water resources in the Middle East at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Committee on Middle East Questions “Roundtable on Water, The role of science and technology in projects of peace” 31 May, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

For the three-day meeting, Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, will welcome members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Committee on Middle East Questions Roundtable on Water, Parliamentarians from Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates, and Dr. Maurizio Bona, Head of Relations with International Organizations, CERN, and Prof. Herwig Schopper, President of the SESAME Council. An opening address will also be given by Ms. Denise Pascal Allende, President of the Committee.

The purpose of the meeting is to seek solutions to the critical issue of Middle East water resources, by bringing together experts and MPs from the region who will “explore scientific and technological solutions to a range of complex questions including water scarcity, fair distribution, drought, and managing demand in the face of sudden surges caused by refugee flows” as noted in the 27 May Press Release from the IPU, shared here in English  and here in French.

At the end of the meeting, the participants will have created a roadmap for a water-focused co-operative project involving scientific research teams to foster innovative solutions, promote open dialogue, and foster a better understanding of ways to meet water challenges in the region.

A detailed report will follow of the meeting. Please follow daily proceedings on Twitter using the hashtag, #MidEastWater.

More about the IPU: The IPU is the international organization of Parliaments (Article 1 of the Statutes of the Inter-Parliamentary Union). It was established in 1889. The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

More about the IPU Committee on Middle East Questions: Read more about the Rules, Role, Composition, and Structure of this IPU Committee.

More about CERN: Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 21 member states. At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles.

More about SESAME: Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. A working example of Arab-Israeli-Iranian-Turkish-Cypriot-Pakistani collaboration, SESAME is on its way to becoming the region’s first truly international centre of excellence. SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is a “third-generation” synchrotron light source under construction in Allan (Jordan). It is an autonomous intergovernmental organization at the service of its Members which have full control over its development, exploitation and financial matters.

Featured image above is care of the IPU Press Release, 27 May, 2016: “Countries across the Middle East are facing challenges over water resources.” ©Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany