Saudi Arabia sets aside $80bln to develop key water projects

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on track to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 thanks to restructuring of the water sector and development of National Water Strategy, reported SPA citing a senior minister of the kingdom.

KSA has allocated $80 billion for water projects within the coming years as part of its efforts to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all, remarked Dr Abdulaziz Al Shaibani, the kingdom's Deputy Minister for Water at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York.

During his speech, Dr Al Shaibani said the national water strategy was in line with the goals of sustainable development.

The National Water Strategy aims to preserve water resources, protect the environment, and provide quality and efficient services. The objectives of the strategy are in line with SDG6 in enabling access to clean and safe water globally.

"The Kingdom aspires to provide sanitation services to all by increasing the percentage of the population covered by sanitation services to be more than 95% by 2030. Also, KSA established the National Water Efficiency and Conservation Center," noted Dr Al Shaibani.

He pointed out that sustainable and resilient water management was on the G20 agenda during Saudi Arabia's presidency.

The kingdom is on the right track to improving water demand management in agriculture to achieve SDG6.

The visiting Saudi delegation participated in many plenary sessions and conference meetings. Additionally, it organized a side event that highlights Saudi Arabia's experience in water for sustainable development, reported SPA.

New initiatives have been announced to assist in addressing the challenges facing the world, particularly for the least developed countries in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.




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