Water and Health Crisis in MENA- Collaborations for Finding Solutions

The first United Nations World Health Organization (UNWHO) session on Friday, August 30, 2019 revolved around the issue of ‘ensuring universal sanitation and healthcare in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’. After a briefing about committee proceedings, the session focused on the water crisis being faced by the MENA region. Many delegates brought to attention that the MENA region was home to “six percent of the world’s population, but only holds two percent of the world’s clean water”. 

In addition, delegates spoke about the significance of the MENA region. After a discussion regarding the scarcity of water in the region, innovative solutions such as the usage of innovative technology like Jukaso (a system used in households to reduce water consumption) and the usage of recycled water were suggested by the delegates of Japan and Egypt. Other than this, the delegate of Germany stated that they were willing to provide monetary aid. Throughout this, the delegate of China chose to carefully observe the other delegates and hear them out before adding on to the discussion.

Subsequently, the committee moved towards the already-established General Speakers’ List. The delegates eagerly informed the committee about their issues regarding sanitation and healthcare and the methods being used to eradicate these issues.

A moderated caucus to discuss the causes of the health crisis was initiated by the delegate of Israel during which various delegates brought up the importance of the issue but failed to bring up any constructive solutions. The delegate of Egypt suggested to all nations within the MENA region to use the funds provided by the World Bank. The delegate of France then lead a moderated caucus about the ‘solutions of the healthcare crisis’. The German delegate supported the technological solutions and suggested creating alliances with nations with good healthcare facilities, such as the United Kingdom. In conclusion, the session ended with discussions upon the causes of water crisis, causes and solutions of the health crisis, and various unmoderated caucuses.

Reporter: Ria Sejwal, Xinhua News Agency

Editor: Aryan Sharma