The Regional Workshop on National Water Roadmaps, organised by FAO and hosted by the Government of Zimbabwe, is the first regional follow-up to the Rome Water Dialogue held in November 2022. It aims to inform about the overall role of water for Sustainable Development, providing a platform for all stakeholders to discuss and develop country-specific National Water Roadmaps, as proposed by FAO.
Water is central to agriculture that accounts for 72 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, to other economic sectors and is core to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
While there is increasing awareness of water importance, there is still a need for more effective, integrated and coordinated actions, coupled with strong political will in recognising, valuing and managing water in a holistic and integrated manner to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A strong, coherent and explicit integration and prioritisation of water into national sustainable development strategies, policies and investment plans is needed, to understand why and how water resources shall be used to achieve social, economic and environmental objectives embedded in related national development strategies. In this context, FAO has proposed a country-led water dialogue and country-owned National Water Roadmaps to help strengthen the inter-sectoral coordination on sustainable water resources management, accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
This Regional Workshop will foster collective action at national level for the development of National Water Roadmaps, and will also prepare countries for their participation and contribution to the UN 2023 Water Conference.
The event will be held in-person and online. The event will be in English and interpretation will be available in French, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese.