ACCWAM Partners


  • League of Arab States

    The League of Arab States (LAS) facilitates political, economic, cultural, scientific and social programs designed to promote the interests of the Arab Region. It has served as a forum for the member states to coordinate their policy positions, to deliberate on matters of common concern, to settle some Arab disputes, and to limit conflicts. LAS has served as a platform for the drafting and conclusion of many landmark documents promoting economic integration and cooperation in all sectors.

    • LAS is the legitimate regional governance structure of the Arab region.
    • As such LAS is the adequate political partner for all programmes with a regional goal setting or regional coverage.
    • Their technical secretariats are interesting entry points for policy advice and dialogue.
    • Proven examples are in the field of water, desertification and renewable energy.
    • Their specialized organizations are actual and potential implementing partners in technical cooperation for the various domains they are covering. There is a high demand for Capacity Building for these organizations to meet their ambitious targets with a regional scope.

    LAS hosts the Technical Secretariats to many Arab Ministerial Councils and has many Specialized Organizations. As the goal of ACCWaM is to boost the capacity of water management institutions in the MENA region to adapt to climate change, the programme has a variety of links between its own goals and those of the LAS. ACCWaM falls in the framework of the mandate of the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC). The Department of Environment, Water, Housing and Sustainable Development constitutes the technical secretariat of the council. So ACCWaM is actually part of the work of LAS and enhances its role in water sector policies with special emphasis on climate change adaption.

  • ACSAD (Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands)


    As a regional organization under the umbrella of the League of Arab States, ACSAD has specific expertise in management of water and land resources of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD – Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zone and Dry Lands)

    ACSAD is the sole institution within the League of Arab States (LAS) with a mandate for water and natural resources. As such, ACSAD is uniquely placed and a principle partner for cooperation in order to address issues which are also deemed priorities to GIZ within the context of the Arab Region (water, climate change, food security, biodiversity).

    As a member of the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) ACSAD has important functions. The institution has the role of technical advisor to the council’s technical secretariat and its executive office. It is also a member of the council’s technical advisory committee.

    Cooperation between ACSAD and the ACCWaM focuses on capacity development as technical advisor to AMWC and on support for the formulation of an action plan to operationalize the Arab Regional Strategy for Water Security for which ASCAD has been mandated by the council.

    ACSAD’s regional focus, networks and knowledge base puts the institution in the unique position to be able to facilitate the dissemination and up-scaling of innovative climate change adaptation measures.

  • UN ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) was established in 1973. The regional organization comprises 17 Arab countries in Western Asia; among others including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.


    UN ESCWA pursues the objectives of

    • Supporting economic and social development in the region.
    • Promoting cooperation between the countries of the region.
    • Encouraging interaction and achieving regional integration between member countries.

    UN ESCWA coordinates the “Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-economic vulnerability in the Arab Region” (RICCAR). ACCWaM is one of the partners of RICCAR and supports its efforts.

    The initiative is an outcome of a collaborative effort between the United Nations and the League of Arab States (LAS) and respective specialized organizations to respond to the request of the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) and the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE).

    The initiative follows the common objective of the Arab States to deepen the understanding of the impact of climate change on water resources and its associated implications for socio-economic vulnerability in the Arab region as well as to establish a common platform for addressing and responding to these issues.

    By the establishment of a knowledge hub UN ESCWA contributes to regional capacity development and further enhances regional cooperation in the field of climate change and water resources.


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