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Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah Yusof speaks to United Nations Economic Commission for Europe environment division director Marco Keiner at the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, on May 20, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/FADILLAH YUSOF

Fadillah discusses sustainable water management with World Bank, UN in Bali

BALI, May 21 — Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Transition and Water Transformation Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said he had bilateral talks with the World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on various countries’ water-related challenges, management experience, and financial models.

The discussion with the World Bank delegation, led by Sustainable Development Practice Group East Asia and Pacific regional director Anna Wellenstein, was held at the Bali International Convention Centre, Nusa Dua, in conjunction with the top leadership meeting at the 10th World Water Forum (WWF), which ended today.

Fadillah said the meeting aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange and establish agreements for further discussions involving Malaysian and World Bank officials to explore areas of cooperation.

“Malaysia will determine the type of cooperation to pursue, whether workshops or technical advice (from the World Bank), which we need to answer financial challenges in water management.

“Experiences of other countries and new business models are expected to provide new ideas on how we can develop and ensure the sustainability and continuity of our water supply in all aspects,” he told Malaysian media.

Fadillah said the discussion with the UNECE delegation, led by Environment Division director Marco Keiner, focused on Malaysia’s management of transboundary rivers shared with Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia.

He emphasised the need for joint management to ensure clean water supply and disaster risk mitigation, using the example of cooperation involving the Golok River estuary on the Malaysian-Thai border.

Fadillah believes coordinating river cleanliness, flood and erosion management, and good water supply requires the cooperation of all border states.

UNECE is a regional commission under the jurisdiction of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It was established to promote economic cooperation and integration among member states consisting 56 European members as well as some outside Europe.

— Bernama

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