Competition for the design of the cover of "The Arab Water Report 2013"

Dec 3, 2012

Arab Water Report 2013:
Towards Water Security in the Arab Region: Issues of Good Governance and Cost Effectiveness

The Regional Bureau of Arab States of UNDP invites all artistic talents, including university students, art colleges and schools to participate in design contest for the cover of "The Arab Water Report 2013"

He/she who wishes to participate in this contest should take into consideration the following:

  • The design should reflect the goals and content of the report, guided by the general background cited below.
  • The design should reflect the regional Arab identity and culture.
  • The design should be colored with dimensions of 21.5 cm width and 28 cm length.
  • The winner will be rewarded a certificate of appreciation and US $2000.
  • The winner will be invited to the launching ceremony of the report.

Deadline for participation to the contest and delivery of drawings and designs is 31th January 2013

General background of the report

The Arab Water Report 2013 “Towards Water Security in the Arab Region‏:‏ Issues of Good Governance and Cost Effectiveness” aims at dealing with the Arab water challenges from a water governance and management perspective. The Arab Region, which is characterized by the most challenging combination of scarce water resources, rapidly growing population, and exponentially increasing demand for water in predominantly arid and fragile environments, is facing serious water issues. Establishing effective water governance and management in the Arab region is not only a central developmental challenge; but a matter of survival.

Water governance and management have always been major determinants in shaping Arab societies and the trajectory of development. The dynamic relationship between “development” and “water resources” is instrumentally tight, with water being at the edge of various development components such as human health, food, energy, and environment among many other interdependencies that carry several crosscutting issues of social, economic, legal, technical and political nature. The situation is exacerbated by inadequate or even absence of sound water governance and management strategies, thus threatening the very basic right of Arabs to access water in reasonable quantities and adequate qualities, and dictating the urgent need for identifying and adopting principles and practices of “effective and efficient water governance” towards achieving a reasonably sustainable “balance” that satisfies the various socioeconomic needs of the people in an equitable, effective, environmentally sound, and sustainable manner. 

The Arab Water Report (AWR) discusses the major challenges for water governance and management in the region, in a constructive discussion, suggesting possible interventions towards establishing sustainable and effective water governance in the Arab region. The Report moves beyond the traditional water debates about availability, uses, accessibility and ‎dependency of water resources, towards emphasizing on the importance of recognizing the real value of water, which goes beyond accounting for the direct  costs of water extraction and delivery, to include economic, social and environmental costs and that takes into consideration the rights of future generation to access water resources in adequate and equitable manner

The Report argues that in light of having a clear goal, which is providing Arab societies with –quantitatively and qualitatively- adequate water to meet its various developmental demands within the broader frameworks of social justice, environmental sustainability and economic feasibility, Cost Effectiveness Analysis best serves in weighing options and compromising between the various stakes and interests involved in the complex water decisions in terms of their economic, social and environmental contexts. Yet, the Report stresses that “Cost Effectiveness” is not a magic stick that solves all problems, as it is only a “tool” and a “model” for addressing the vital water issues. It is not the alternative to strategic water governance and management plans and visions, urgently required for the Arab region; and it can never be possible without the values of accountability, participation, social justice, as well as equity in access to water and preserving the rights of future generations.

A key message of the AWR is that reform of water governance and management in the Arab region cannot be achieved without comprehensive reform at the economic, social and political levels.  Amid the current turbulent Arab scene, and with “reform” in its broadest sense strongly claimed by Arabs, chances of establishing “effective water governance” are maximized.  Alternately, and with “water issues” crosscutting with several vital developmental issues, reform in “water governance” can be the catalyst and entry point for realizing the region wide aspirations for “overall governance reform”.

Contact Information

Those wishing to take part in the contest, email drawings to:

Dr. Ghaith Fariz: Director/ Coordinator of the Arab Water Report

UNDP: Lazarieh Center - Block (02B), Downtown Beirut, P.O.Box 11-481, Beirut - Lebanon

Photo proposals can be sent (Scanned) to the following e-mail address:

For more information, communicate by telephone +961(1)981640 extension 154

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