Tlemcen, Algeria recently became an official UN duty station, thereby adding to the UN agencies operating in Algeria. This process was initiated by UNU-EHS. For about 5 years, UNU-EHS has been supporting young scientists and enhancing research activities in water and energy sciences at the Pan-African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) hosted at the Abou-Bekr Belkaid University of Tlemcen.
The Mediterranean city of Tlemcen, which befittingly derives its name from the Berber word for “water springs”, is located in the north-western region of Algeria near the border with Morocco. Since September 2017, UNU-EHS has seconded Dr. Erick Tambo as research coordinator with two scientific assistants to PAUWES as contribution of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to support the research dimension of the institute. Several activities and projects, among others the Water and Energy Security for Africa (WESA) and the Risks Assessment and Reduction Strategy for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa (RARSUS), are currently managed by the research unit at PAUWES.
Now UNU-EHS and PAUWES had the opportunity to present their scientific research activities to the UN Resident Coordinator during his visit to Tlemcen. Following the 2018 UN Day celebrations, the University of Tlemcen hosted a conference debate about the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Eric Overvest gave a lecture on the UN systems, agencies and activities in Algeria in the frame of Sustainable Development Goals.
The visit to this UN duty station complements the aim of the UN Residence Coordinator system to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. The Resident Coordinator role is pivotal to the success of the United Nations in reaching stipulated goals within in each of the countries served.