Jordan seeks to include water among UN development goals

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Jordan is co-ordinating with international aid agencies to incorporate water and sanitation among the post-2015 UN development goals, The Jordan Times reported Monday (March 24th).

"If the Arab region, which suffers from water scarcity, does not push for incorporating water and sanitation as one of the post-2015 millennium development goals (MDGs), then none of the water-rich countries will do so," Water Minister Hazem Nasser said during a ceremony marking World Water Day.

The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with its post-2015 development agenda.

The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration adopted during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.

"Water supply tops Jordan's priorities because the water sector is facing major challenges in light of global warming and the resulting decrease in rainfall," Nasser said. "Water resources are being depleted and there is unprecedented demand on our already shrinking water resources."

The water deficit in the region currently stands at 45 billion cubic metres and is expected to surge to 127 billion cubic metres by 2030, he said.

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    ماجد المصرى

    2014-4-6

    Gentlemen, the cause is ignorance and not lack of religiosity because ignorance begets lack of religiosity and many other things. In Europe, they have enough water for an entire continent, but they save water in a surprising manner. That is a form of being thankful to God, and that is why the water is protected by God’s power. The prophet (PBUH) ordered us to save water even if the person is at a flowing river. However, what I see in our countries is improvidence and it is a lack of thankfulness.

  • رامى عادل

    2014-4-6

    That has been the state of our Jordanian brothers since the loss of Palestine. The Zionists will sell you water as they sell you gas. Eat and cook using stolen gas which is supposed to be yours because Palestine is a piece of Levant. It is shameful of those who made Oslo and Wadi Araba treaties and those who accepted the damned Sykes-Picot.

  • عبد المجيد حازم

    2014-4-2

    Jordan tries to make the UN provide it with water, especially because Jordan and Israel are drinking from the same river. And this is what the Jordanian government tries to provide as we know that Israel is an unjust state and wants to occupy Jordanian lands even after some agreements that guarantee the Jordanian rights, as Jordan knows well that Israel is not trustworthy and may instantly change its word. We also know that Jordan is poor in resources so we see that many agreements need to be discussed again to guarantee the Jordanian water share against this violator enemy, and this is exactly what Jordan does to cover its needs.

  • محمد عبد الله

    2014-4-2

    You know that it rarely rains in Jordan, and this country suffers from a scarcity of water resources. They do not even have enough drinking water so I think that cooperation between the kingdom of Jordan and the international aid organizations should be boosted more than before. These organizations try to respond to the annual need for water; especially as there are lots of major projects which could be delayed due to water being inaccessible.

  • محمود عثمان

    2014-4-1

    The Arab region may suffer from water scarcity but this is easy compared to the scarcity of brains, the weakness of human resources and the dominance of tyrannical regimes. In fact, these people are able, thanks to some intelligence and the availability of petrol, to cultivate the desert. In Jordan, for instance, water scarcity is witnessed mainly in cities since water goes to villas and palace owners and the parks of prominent people. I saw the maid irrigating the park of the Mayor at midday when the temperature was about 50 degrees C. As a matter of fact, when one of the people opens the tap, he will get nothing but a noise and a small air balloon. Water is also used to water golf courses. Thus, such squandering and extravagant use of water are responsible for the problem of water. It is noteworthy that this problem does not only exist in Jordan but also in the entire Arab region which is one of the driest places. Yet, the Arab region is rich in solar energy and petrol. As far as I am concerned, we should exploit other sources of renewable energy such as the solar energy, and why not establish atomic electricity power plants? The diversity of power resources will enable us to provide the huge amount of desalinated water that we will need soon. We should not forget the role of awareness and guidance as well as the search for plans and strategies to benefit from water.

  • شهاب الدين

    2014-4-1

    In respect of the issue of water in Jordan, we should say that it is one of the signs of the appearance of the Antichrist in the Armageddon. Once the Antichrist appears, everywhere is suffering from shortage of water except Mecca and Medina and the Antichrist cannot enter these cities. In the meantime, there is a white smoke rising from Mecca and Medina. The hypocrites will get involved in their own fate in front of the Antichrist. If they drink from the water of Antichrist and go to his paradise, indeed they have committed blasphemy and will enter hell, but if they tolerate their thirst and be burnt in his fire, indeed they will go to paradise. We take refuge in God. We will start to desalinate salty sea water to irrigate the lands of the Gulf countries, while our Somali brothers are looking for a glass of water. Well, God will certainly get angry and dry out our water resources.

  • حفيظ أنس

    2014-4-1

    What we can say is that a drop of water means life. The Jordanian regime must come up with underground solutions in order to provide water to the people of Jordan. What we’re insistent on, however, is for these solutions to be sustainable and lifelong solutions. We don’t want solutions for water crisis lasting the reign of King Abdullah.

  • أديب باهر

    2014-4-1

    Jordan is trying to provide its entire ration of water; especially that nearly a million refugees are living around the borderlands now and with summer approaching, the consumption of water rises and water resources should be provided; especially that water is considered as the artery of life and as God says every living thing has been created with water.

  • مروه سلطان

    2014-4-1

    Shortage of water is a serious problem in Jordan and the coming war between Jordan and Israel will be about water; especially that Jordan's ration of water is not enough and this country is trying to buy water. In addition, today Jordan is making a lot of efforts not to face the same problem of water shortage it faced during the previous summer, because that issue had created many crises. Today, Jordan is attempting to provide its needed water for summer because it is very hot in the borderlands and the temperature even exceeds fifty degrees, therefore it is quite essential for Jordan to provide water for these regions.

  • شادي قصي

    2014-3-31

    There are abundant water resources on the earth and in it. Most of the planet consists of waters and the seas! But the corrupt regimes do not invest in infrastructure projects to exploit these water resources! They rather invest in the European and American banks to build towers that do not feed the hungry!

  • احمد سويدان

    2014-3-31

    The water problem in Jordan might very much be solved but unfortunately the solution is very costly. I’m neither an engineer nor an expert but if scientific research is implemented it will surely provide solutions because in any country when scientific studies provide solution and there is research, it helps with very many problems. There’s no doubt the water problem in Jordan is a difficult thing that equals the life of millions of Jordanians. Solutions must be provided and I don’t mean to say the Jordanian regime and Jordanian government are failing in anyway, but frankly, the solutions they are offering for the water problems are only temporary solutions. We’re looking for long term solution for Jordan and many Arab countries, God willing. We ask God to give us success in that.

  • نورهان مروان

    2014-3-31

    Those who are seeking a bright future and development should possess four basic elements. The most important one is water. Jordan should provide enough water before the country would end up in destruction. Of course this can only be achieve if Jordan has a strong will to continue its development because any destruction, God forbid will come as a result of shortage of water.

  • مروة عبد الرحمن

    2014-3-31

    Jordan has started to sign many important deals. This deal in particular has a very big impact on projects that rely to a large extent on the availability of water. If there are many crops that might dry up due to lack of water then we must have sufficient quantities, naturally, especially since Jordan has suffered a lot as result of the Syrian crisis and the severe suffering there.

  • رامي سالم

    2014-3-30

    Isn’t it strange that Jordan, the dear Arab sister and the neighbor of Syria, invites the Security Council for a field visit to have a close look at the burdens that Jordan is bearing in order to shelter hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, who escaped from the criminality of the terrorist groups that are taking orders from members of the Security Council which Jordan called, and to whom it sends complaints about its tools in our Arab region? Is it strange and bizarre that the complaint of Jordan has been rejected by members of the Security Council, such as Russia and China, although it has a duty to thank them and to be grateful to them with modesty?

  • أمير حيان

    2014-3-30

    We often hear and read that the country has been in dire straits since the day it was established. This is all nonsense. Very heavy rains pour down on Jordan and if there is a scarcity of water it’s in the minds that run the regime which doesn’t take advantage of this water and doesn’t build something to collect it and not let it go to waste. They want the people to remain preoccupied and fearful they are in danger, and be happy with just a little to eat and drink they get from the government, and say “how kind of them, in spite of the shortage we still have of food and drink.“

  • أديب باهر

    2014-3-30

    We in Jordan don’t have gold, diamonds, oil, agriculture or enough water. Our economy is recent; our wealth is the citizen; we invest in him and we succeed. We are a model for the rest of the Arabs. Brother Othman, don’t say it is a government of thieves or a submissive policy. We are a sovereign state! You must respect yourself and others and use more decent statements than these. Israel is a friend; its interest and the interest of all the neighboring countries is the stability and security of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

  • مروه سلطان

    2014-3-30

    This subject is very important, because it studies an important problem which all Arab countries suffer from, and that is water. I ask you a favor and it is on the same subject: I want you to send the issue of pricing water to the agricultural sector, and we in Jordan and other Arab countries thank you very much, if the members like it.

  • امال الابراهيمى

    2014-3-30

    Water is the biggest problem Jordan is facing, especially since it doesn’t have enough water it can get and store for the summer season. Consumption grows to a very high level in the summer season in particular. Water should already be guaranteed as of these days in order to avert any problem that might hurt the Syrian refugees and the Jordanians too, especially since last summer there was much suffering due to this issue.