2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference will focus on Water and Sustainable Development: from Vision to Action
The post-2015 agenda for water will be decided upon in 2015! The 2015 UN-Water International Zaragoza will kick off the year discussing the agenda ahead and its implementation. In preparation for World Water Day 2015, which will focus on 'water and sustainable development,' more than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives from business communities, governmental and non-governmental organizations will meet to discuss the steps towards a sustainable post-2015 agenda. The Conference will deal with some of the main implementation challenges related to the five main targets recommended by the UN-Water synthesis document on a Global Goal for Water "Securing Sustainable Water for All"
African Ministerial Conference on Green Economy told valuation of ecosystem critical to Africa's growth by UN Environment Programme
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During the African Ministerial Conference on Green Economy which took place from 22 to 23 February in Oran, Algeria, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, told regional leaders of the need to place value on natural resources. Mr Steiner said "An inclusive green economy has the potential to improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities." The conference intended to involve the international community in forming a new Post-2015 development agenda to succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
>> Read Achim Steiners full address
>> UN News press release
From the Decade's Programmes
SMAGUA 2014: Ibero-American Forum on Water and Irrigation
Date: 4-7 March 2014
Place: Feria de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Organizers: Feria de Zaragoza
Smagua is an important meeting point for the international water sector, with the presence of world's leading agents. Among the various activities to be carried out within the framework of this event, the Ibero-American Forum on Water and Irrigation will allow participants get a first-hand view on water and irrigation plans implemented in Latin-America. UNW-DPAC contributes to this forum with the exhibition "Water is life", and on 4 March with the participation in the opening ceremony of Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, who will give a presentation on global water challenges and energy.
Inspiring Change to Promote Women's Rights and Dignity Meeting
Date: 7 March 2014
Place: UN Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Organizers: Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
On the occasion of International Women's Day, this event will celebrate the advances made by women in securing their human rights and dignity, while discussing key challenges in policy and practice for future action. The issues discussed will be framed by women's economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) with a special focus on water, sanitation and hygiene. High-level professionals from Human-Rights, Health, WASH, Livelihoods, Education, Government and Businesses will seek to inspire UN communities, governments and businesses to take action to fulfill the rights of girls and women to water, sanitation and hygiene.
3rd and final round of e-discussions on realizing the rights to water and sanitation
>> Draft agenda
Date: 24 February-10 March 2014
The latest round of discussion from UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to safe drinking water and sanitation is underway, discussing the questions 'have accountability and monitoring systems improved access to water and sanitation for marginalized groups or individuals? What are effective awareness-raising and advocacy strategies?' So far, the discussions have received over 50 contributions under the topics of legislative and regulatory frameworks and the challenges in service delivery. This is the final phase of the e-discussion, so please share and get involved!
Workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin
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Date: 4-6 March 2014
Place: Zagreb, Croatia
Organizers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), International Sava River Basin Commission
The Parties to the UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) have included in the Work Programme 2013-2015 an assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in selected transboundary basins. This workshop will deliver an introduction to the nexus assessment in the Sava River basin, providing an opportunity to participate in the development of the approach, assessment and materials used. It will also be an occasion for discussion amongst sector authorities, private sector and civil society of inter-sector policy challenges and how the assessment could aid decision-making at different levels.
>> Draft programme