24-06-13

News Syria: Ministry of Water Resources – UNICEF

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Ministry of Water Resources and UNICEF hold workshop to support water sector

Jun 24, 2013

The workshop held by the Ministry of Water Resources in al-Sham Hotel in cooperation with United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF) on Monday focused on explaining the mechanisms of supporting the water sector and promoting hygiene in Syria during the current crisis. Deputy Minister of Water Resources Osama al-Akhras pointed out that the workshop is part of the efforts exerted to alleviate Syrians' suffering under the shadows of the crisis, adding that cooperation between ministries concerned and the UN organizations which are interested in the water sector helped provide services to the citizens.

He said that the drinking water and sanitation sector suffered severe shortage due to the economic blockade imposed on Syria, affirming that cooperation with these organizations participated in obtaining a lot of operating and maintenance equipment.

Head of Organizations Management Department in the Ministry of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs, Abdul Moneim Annan pointed out that the current crisis in Syria has produced negative impacts on the Water Sector because the armed terrorist groups prevented the employees of the Water Resources and Health Ministries from reaching their work place, which caused some service centers to stop.

For his part, UNICEF representative in Syria Mark Ose hailed the work of the Water sector employees under the supervision of the Ministry of Water Resources and the participation of `Local Administration Ministry and Syrian Arab Red Crescent, affirming the commitment of UNICEF to support water sector in Syria.

B. Mousa / F. Allafi

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