People in the Arab world need fuller and freer information about shrinking water supplies but their governments are withholding it for fear of fuelling unrest, a United Nations expert said on Thursday.
Arable land makes up just 4.2 percent of the Middle East and North Africa and is expected to shrink due to climate change — a potential source of political instability, analysts say, in a region where economic privation has sometimes sparked conflict.
"Arab countries do not disclose enough information on their water out of concern that transparency could fuel unnecessary public concern and unrest," said Hosny Khordagui, Regional Program Director of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Programme for Arab States.
Disclosing figures on water scarcity might be perceived as reflecting bad management on the part of Arab states and so is generally avoided, he told a UNDP round-table on Arab environmental issues.
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The UN Climate Change Secretariat Wednesday published official reports on the results of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (7-19 December 2009).
The reports detail the outcomes of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties at its 15th session (COP 15) and of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on its fifth session (CMP5).
Each report is in two parts: one on formal proceedings and one on the decisions adopted by the relevant body. The reports can be found here: http://unfccc.int/5257.php
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