Indonesia works to address regional water issues through AIWW

I am confident that the 2nd Asia International Water Week can produce high quality policy recommendations and action plans that can be implemented with clear timelines that will contribute to sustainable development in Asia.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government is participating in tackling water issues as part of the 2nd Asia International Water Week (AIWW), Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga said. Hartarto, in an official statement released Monday.

The 2nd AIWW is being held from March 14-16, 2022 in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.

The AIWW is a platform for water-related stakeholders and experts, who are members and candidate members of the Water Council (AWC), to gather and share their ideas and experiences to develop plans of action that can contribute to sustainable development in Asia.

“I hope to be part of the important discussion that will take place over the next two days,” Hartarto remarked.

“I am confident that the 2nd International Water Week in Asia can produce high quality policy recommendations and action plans that can be implemented with clear timelines that will contribute to sustainable development in Asia,” said- he added.

The Asian Water Ministers’ Meeting is also organized to offer all countries the opportunity to strengthen cooperation in the implementation of strategic water-related policies.

These policies are needed to improve public health and education, reduce inequalities, encourage economic growth and manage climate change.

The minister said he expects the event to be a positive platform to develop closer cooperation among AWC member countries to address water-related issues.

Moreover, by sharing the water issues they prioritize, members can develop real action plans to realize the commitment of the Asia Water Ministries’ Meeting in the future.

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According to the SDG progress report for Asia and the Pacific published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Asia has the largest concentration of global water-related disaster risks.

These include water scarcity, floods, drought, water pollution, melting glaciers and insufficient access to safe drinking water services and sanitation. .

Furthermore, urbanization, rapid population growth, intensive industrial activities and climate change pose an additional threat to water resilience in Indonesia as well as in Asia.

Indonesia has complex water issues due to an abundance of water resources which are managed through multi-level management.

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