The “G20 Water Platform,” which was developed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and hosted and monitored for the first five years, was launched by the Group of Twenty (G20) on Wednesday.
The platform was launched at the second meeting of the Water Dialogue, which was hosted by Italy and featured speeches from the Italian Minister of Environmental Transformation, the Indonesian Minister of Environment, and His Excellency the Saudi Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture Eng. Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli.
“I am very delighted today to share with you the G20 Water Platform as an effective instrument for sharing the best practices of the G20 in water management with the rest of the world,” Eng. Al-Fadhli said in his address launching the platform.
He went on to say that water shortage is the most pressing global issue, stressing that climate change has exacerbated droughts and floods.
The Kingdom’s water team developed a water policy document titled “Promoting sustainable and resilient water management at the global level” during the Kingdom’s chairmanship of the Group of Twenty last year (2020). The Water Dialogue’s inaugural meeting was conducted, during which the G20 nations’ best practices in this sector were shared, and subsequently distributed through the G20 Water Platform.
“We acknowledge that cheap, dependable, and safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services are fundamental to human existence and that access to clean water is a key to surviving the pandemic,” the 2020 G20 Leaders Declaration stated.
“We warmly welcome the G20 Water Dialogue as a venue for sharing best practices and deliberately encouraging innovation and new technologies that promote water management’s long-term sustainability, resilience, and integration,” the 2020 G20 Leaders Declaration stated added.