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 News from the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015
  Issue 04. 31 May 2013 
This week in focus  Editor’s note

Welcome to the Decade’s Weekly! Every week it brings you the latest news from the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015. Please feel free to forward this newsletter. You can also access this newsletter online.

Tip of the week

World Environment Day: Think. Eat. Save. Reduce your Foodprint

Date: 5 June 2013

"Think. Eat. Save. Reduce your Foodprint" is the theme of World Environment Day 2013, to be celebrated on 5 June. Observance of World Environment Day began in 1972 as a way to raise awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action.

In 2013 the day focuses on the fact that over one billion tons of food are lost or wasted each year, according to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The day builds on a global campaign on the same name launched earlier this year by UNEP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other partners, to reduce food loss along the entire chain of food production and consumption. You can also help save water by reducing food loss as irrigation claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater appropriated for human use.

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In the news Forthcoming events
#SDGs High Level Panel includes universal access to water and sanitation in Post-2015 agenda

The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda established by UN Secretary General released ’A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development’, a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. Among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) considered, SDG6 aims at achieving universal access to water and sanitation.

>> Access the High-level panel reportPDF document
>> Executive summary in different languages

#SDGs Conclusions from the 3rd session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

The final conclusions and summary report of the 3rd session of the intergovernmental Open Working Group on sustainable development goals called for in the Rio+20 Outcome Document, convened on 22-24 May 2013, are now available online.

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From the Decade’s Programmes
#Waterpublications May issue of bimonthly publications review is out!

Produced by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), this review brings you every two months the latest publications produced by United Nations agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation.

>> Access the May issuePDF document

#Capacitypool Capacity pool, the magazine from UNW-DPC, focuses on water cooperation

The UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) focuses the latest issue of its quarterly magazine on water cooperation issues.

>> Access the magazine

#WaterCooperation Workshop on transboundary water cooperation. Latin American and Pan-European regions: sharing experiences and learning from each other

Date: 11-12 June 2013
Place: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Organizers: UNECE, ECLAC, UNESCO, among others

This workshop will offer a forum for debating the current state of water cooperation, the progress achieved and the prevailing challenges, as well as for sharing lessons learned and good practices for cooperation on transboundary waters in the Latin American and Caribbean region and the UNECE region.

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#WaterCooperation 2nd meeting of the International Steering Committee of the International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation

Date: 4-5 June 2013
Place: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organizers: Government of Tajikistan in collaboration with UN agencies

In preparation of the High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation which will take place in Dushanbe on 20-21 August 2013, the Steering Committee will meet to discuss and agree on the final draft of the conference program; decide on key sessions’ speakers, moderators and chairs; and make suggestions for the zero draft of the outcome document. The main objective of the High-Level Conference is to contribute to the improvement of water cooperation, in particular at transboundary level, by promoting successful policies, best practices and wider public participation, and encouraging policy makers to promote water cooperation at all levels in order to achieve internationally agreed goals on water.

>> More info

At the moment
#Sanitation 3rd LatinoSan Conference. Sanitation for all: new challenges, new opportunities

Date: 29-31 May 2013
Place: Panama
Organizers: Ministry of Health of Panama

The 3rd Latin American Sanitation Conference (LatinoSan 2013), held under the theme ’Sanitation for all: new challenges: new opportunities’, is being webcasted live. Today, 31 May, Catarina de Albuquerque, United Nations Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, will hold a debate on the human right to water and sanitation, its implications and monitoring.

>> Follow the conference live

You make the Decade! Who has joined the Water Decade campaign?
  • Compagnie Arthemuses 31

The theatre company "Compagnie Arthemuses 31" joined the Water for Life Decade’s Campaign with the initiative "Aiga Viva 2007", an activity aimed at raising awareness of local communities on water-related issues. Around the area of Val d’Aran (Toulouse), 30 associations joined Arthemuses 31 by walking, riding horses or biking, in an artistic and cultural program based on conferences, exhibitions, concerts near water sources in thirty different places (fountains, washhouses etc.) and entertainment for children. Press articles summarizing the results of the initiative are available online in French.
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  • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has been protecting the public’s health and safety for more than eighty five years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world. IAPMO is promoting the Water for Life Decade’s campaign and the Decade’s logo is included on their website.

  • Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau

The Naturwissenschatliche Rundschau (Natural Sciences Magazine) joined the Decade and included information about the Water for Life Decade and its logo in issue 3/07 of their magazine. In Issue 9/2009 a short article "Aktionsdekade Wasser für das Leben" also informed about the Decade and its objectives.

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