The President of the Republic: Iraq is implementing a strict water management plan
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The President of the Republic, Abd al-Latif Rashid, considered the water crisis in Iraq "a major threat to food security," while noting that Iraq was implementing a strict water management plan.
Rashid said, in a speech at the United Nations Water Conference in New York: "Iraq is facing an unprecedented water crisis that poses a great threat to food security and causes displacement," noting that "water shortage poses great risks to the agro-food system, the ecosystem and social stability within the country." Stressing the need to "find sustainable solutions to the water crisis."
He added, "The Tigris and Euphrates rivers are the lifeblood of Iraq, and the marshes are a vital part of human civilization," expecting that "Iraq's water needs will increase in the next decade due to population growth," noting that "basic water resources continue to decline due to the water policies of neighboring countries." ".
The President of the Republic pointed out that "the worsening drought threatens the Iraqi people and the country's economy, just as desertification threatens 40 percent of the country's area," explaining that "the government is working on developing effective and implementable plans to manage water resources."
He stressed the need to "take the necessary precautions to reduce the negative effects, and work with neighboring countries through agreements and commitments to ensure a fair share of water," adding that "Iraq is implementing a strict water management plan, and the government is coordinating with the countries of the region to confront climate change."
Rashid appealed to the United Nations "to take serious measures to reduce the effects of climate change in Iraq."
Yesterday, Tuesday, the President of the Republic arrived in New York, in response to the official invitation he received from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to participate in the work of the New York Water Conference, which is organized by the United Nations from 22-24 March.
The President of the Republic was accompanied by a delegation including Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein, Environment Minister Nizar Amidi, and Basra Governor Asaad Al-Eidani.
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