WWAP and the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Week
This year the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development week is dedicated to water. This initiative represents an opportunity to raise awareness of water resources, inform on the state of the planet's resources, and enable participation and consultation mechanisms.
This unique week is part of the Education Decade for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, a global campaign by the United Nations and coordinated by UNESCO. The Italian National Commission of UNESCO invites national organizations and institutions to carry out initiatives in favor of the theme.
UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) at World Water Week, Stockholm, 2011
WWAP convened a Side Event during World Water Week 2011 where it presented the early findings of the 4th edition of the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR4) - to be launched on the first day of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille 2012 - and discussed the reports from Phase 1 of the WWAP Global Water Scenarios Project. The event took place in the main conference centre and was chaired by Zafar Adeel, Chair of UN WATER. There was a high level of interest for the event, and it was well attended despite its late hour.
WWAP at the World Water Week
The World Water Week in Stockholm, the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues, will take place from the 21st to the 27th of September. The thematic scope frames the key issues and discussion points related to the 2011 theme: "Water in an Urbanizing World".
During the week, WWAP will host a side event on the 24th of August at 17:45, to present the early findings of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR4) and the new WWAP Global Water Scenarios Project.
Second UNESCO UCI Groundwater Conference 2011
WWAP has been invited by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO to be listed as a cooperating institution of the Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on 'Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity; Science and Policy Responses'. The Conference will take place from 30th November - 3rd December 2011, at the University of California, Irvine.
"Water for Life" UN-Water Best Practices Award, second edition
The United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015/UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) organize the second edition of "Water for Life" Best Practices Award. Nominations are now open from 30 June to 30 September 2011.
WWAP involvement in the EIRIS investment conference: 'A Drought in Your Portfolio?'
James Winpenny, independent economic consultant, and regular consulting author to the World Water Assessment Programme, last week made the keynote speech on behalf of Mr. Olcay Unver, WWAP Coordinator, at the EIRIS investors' conference 'A drought in your portfolio'. The conference explored the investment case for considering the risks and opportunities arising from water scarcity as part of a wider sustainable investment strategy, and heralded the launch of the EIRIS' Global Water Risk report.
"Water, Climate and… Action!" finalists at Ecozine International Environmental Film Festival
The 10 finalists of the short film contest 'Water, Climate and… Action!' were presented at Ecozine, the International Environmental Film Festival in Zaragoza, Spain, from 13-21 May. The contest was organized last December by UN WWAP and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA) and the Mexican Consejo Consultivo del Agua on the occasion of COP16. This Festival takes place every May to raise awareness on environmental issues and to promote respect and good habits for a sustainable environment.
Perugia Green Days 2011: 4 days to support green economy
From the 12th to the 15th of May 2011, the city of Perugia, in Italy, hosted the first edition of "Perugia Green Days", a set of meetings and exhibitions that involved local Institutions, Universities and private companies, to promote sustainable development and the green economy.
UN WWAP was involved in the round table "Water resources, a common good to preserve", where the UN WWAP Deputy Coordinator, Michela Miletto, discussed the availability, the future and the opportunities of world water resources.
WWAP asserts a stronger commitment to mainstreaming gender equality
Gender equality is a priority for the international community and the UN system. Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide is specially one of UNESCO’s two global priorities for 2008-2013. The World Water Assessment Programme is proud to announce the creation of an Advisory Group on Gender Equality that will serve through WWAP’s fourth phase (until the end of 2012) and is chaired by Ms Gülser Corat, UNESCO and Ms Kusum Athukorala, NetWater and comprises 9 members from different countries and background.
WWAP participation in the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries
In partnership with FAO, IFAD, and the Tajikistan and Bangladesh Permanent Missions to the UN, UNESCO-WWAP co-organised a Special Event entitled: 'Water Issues in the Least Developed Countries'.
The Event was held on 11th May from 8am-10am in Tophane Hall, ICC and it was the most prominent water event at the IV UN Conference on LDCs in Istanbul.
Earth Day 2011: a free concert for raising awareness on the Earth’s health
On April 20th the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP) joined Earth Day Italy and other partners to celebrate the 41st edition of Earth Day, which was this year dedicated to forests. This event represents an educational and formative occasion to discuss global environmental issues.
Conference on Guarani Aquifer System "The Management of the Guarani Aquifer System: An Example of Cooperation": Call for Abstracts
In August 2010 Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, countries that share the Guarani Aquifer System (GAS), signed a new agreement for the management of this complex system.
The management of the GAS will benefit from a debate about the steps that have been taken until now, and about the challenges that lie ahead.
National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA): Call to Action
The National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) has issued a call to action to continue raising awareness and increasing the common understanding on the important interdependence between the water cycle and climate change. It is vital that this interdependence is fully understood for the benefit of many economic sectors that depend upon the quantity and quality of water resources, such as energy generation, food production and environmental protection.
Rotary International Conference: 16th April 2011 Assisi 'Sorella Aqua'
This important Rotary International event, with over 1000 participants, highlighted the commitment to the future of global water by major international agencies in addition to highlighting the contribution of human, financial and professional resources made by the 10 Italian Rotary Districts in 2010/11.
Dr. Olcay Unver, Coordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme and the Director of UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment, was first from the international agencies to make a speech.
Call for Abstracts related to Water, food security and energy nexus and the related impacts on health
The 'Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy Conference', to be held October 3-7, 2011 at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA, will have a session featuring Water, food security and energy nexus and the related impacts on health research. We are seeking high quality abstracts for oral and poster presentation. Abstracts should be submitted via the conference website. The deadline for the submissions has been extended to May 16.
WWAP celebrates World Water Day 2011
On the occasion of the World Water Day, held every year on 22 March, WWAP is organizing a series of activities to highlight the importance of our freshwater resources, in particular in the framework of rapid urbanization, the theme of this year’s edition.
The Secretary General’s Message on World Water Day
WWAP and UN-HABITAT Briefing Note "Water for Sustainable Urban Human Settlements" now available in French and Spanish
In June 2010, WWAP and UN-HABITAT jointly published a Briefing Note on Water for Sustainable Urban Human Settlements. Already today, half of the world’s people live in urban areas and by the middle of this century all regions will be predominantly urban.
"Water for Life" Best Practices Award: Winners announced on World Water Day
22 March 2011 - The ‘Las Pinas-Zapote River System Rehabilitation Programme’, Philippines, and the project ‘A Participatory and Learning Based Approach to Raising Awareness on Water and Sanitation’, Durban, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa, have been awarded with the ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award during a ceremony that has taken place in Zaragoza, Spain, on World Water Day.
International Women’s Day 2011: Overcoming gender constraints in water management
In order to celebrate International Women’s Day 2011, WWAP would like to mark the occasion by highlighting the vital, and often undervalued, role women play in water management in the developing world.
UN-Water has identified 'Water and Gender' as a thematic priority area in its 2010-2011 work-plan, which has also been identified as one of the central themes for the 'Water for Life' Decade.
Rio 2012: green economy depends on water
UN-Water and the Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) are organizing an official side event to the second Rio 2012 Preparatory Committee: How the Green Economy depends on Water. March 7, in Conference Room 4, New North Lawn Building, UNHQ, New York
The side event will articulate the linkages among water (including drinking water and water resources management), sanitation and the multiple facets of the green economy while providing a forum to discuss how water issues feature on the Rio 2012 agenda.
The UN World Water Assessment Programme is building a roster of authors and writers with specific knowledge of key water-related sectors and relevant topics
WWAP has decided to build a roster to identify individuals who are able and willing to contribute to the processes of writing, reviewing and/or revising material for eventual inclusion in a WWAP publication.
World Water Day 2011, Tuesday 22 March
World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on freshwater. This year, the official celebrations will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 20 to 22 March. On this occasion, WWAP is also organizing a series of activities and events in its premises of Villa La Colombella, Perugia and in the area.
"Water for Life" Best Practices Award: submissions until 15 February 2011
The United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015/UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) are pleased to invite you to submit your application for the 1st edition of the "Water for Life" Best Practices Award.
Sustainable Water Management in Cities: Engaging stakeholders for effective change and action - 13-17 December 2010. Zaragoza, Spain
Sustainable, efficient and equitable management of water in cities has never been as important as in today's world. It requires that we institutionalize and act upon lessons learnt in the arena of urban water management and urban development. Capacities to make change happen in water are typically diffused among many different stakeholders, however, including the different publics in our cities.
Press release "Water, Climate and…Action!" short film contest 2010
On the occasion of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations World Water Assessment Program and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission and the Mexican Consejo Consultative del Agua, A.C., organized a three-minute short film contest "Water, Climate and.. Action!"
COP16: Cancun, Mexico from 29 Nov to 10 Dec
In the framework of the 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) is organizing the "Dialogs for Water and Climate Change", a series of events and activities taking place during the COP16 to push forward the understanding of the effects of climate change on water and adaptation strategies.
Promoting water cooperation and dialogue for achieving the MDGs
On 30 November 2010, the Republic of Tajikistan, represented by its First Deputy Minister, will host a side event in New York City on "Promoting water cooperation and dialogue for achieving the Millennium Development Goals".
Water for the Millennium Development Goals: Why managing water resources wisely is key to achieving the MDGs
The eight development goals that emerged from the UN Millennium Declaration in 2000 galvanized an unprecedented coordination of efforts on the part of the world’s nations to improve the situation of the world’s poorest by 2015.
3rd Africa Water Week: WWAP and UN-Water/Africa jointly host a side event on water assessment in Africa
Africa Water Week takes place from 22 to 26 November 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On 24 November, WWAP will co-convene with UN-Water/Africa a side event on water monitoring and assessment.
Professor Soroosh Sorooshian wins 2008-2010 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Water Prize
WWAP would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, who has been awarded the prestigious 2008-2010 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, Specialized Branch Prize for "Water Resources Management and Protection".
October 24: United Nations Day
The United Nations was formally established on 24 October 1945, after a majority of its founding members ratified a treaty setting up the world body.
The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
Outside the Water Box: a WWAP review
In an effort to ensure that the messages of the United Nations World Water Development Report 3: Water in a Changing World reach the policy- and decision-makers whose actions most influence the use and management of our planet’s freshwater resources, WWAP has commissioned a review of on-going political processes and events of global or regional significance with a particular focus on their impacts on and interactions with water.
Contribute to the UN World Water Development Report
In an ongoing effort to make the United Nations World Water Development Report more relevant to all of its target audiences, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) is carrying out regular consultations with stakeholders from all fields to identify specific needs or issues and emerging challenge areas. We invite you to register yourself or others from your network who may be interested in the consultation process.