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This review collates publications produced by United Nations agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation. This edition brings together 46 UN publications from a range of water and sanitation issues including: financing, demographics, water utilities, natural resources, the human right to water and sanitation, WASH in schools, etc.

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The High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015 ends with a call for a new Decade on Water for Sustainable Development

Date: 9-11 June 2015
Place: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organisers: Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with other partners


The High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015 had as primary goal a comprehensive discussion of the issues of implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, and has played a crucial role in conducting a comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade. UNW-DPAC is part of the International Steering Committee of the High-Level International Conference whose meeting was on 7 June 2015. Heads of state and United Nations leaders gathered last week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan to evaluate the achievements of the Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015, and to begin looking at proposals for moving forward with the Decade’s work. Looking to the future, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, announced a new International Decade for Action under the motto ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, as an important tool for promoting the implementation of sustainable development goals related to water.".

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Special Rapporteur to address Human Rights Council

Leo Heller

Special Rapporteur to address General Assembly

Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur for the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, will present a report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, mid-September 2015. The main report will focus on Affordability of Water and Sanitation Services, while an addendum will be concerned with Mandate Priorities.

In August, both of these reports will be available online at this link: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/WaterAndSanitation/SRWater/Pages/AnnualReports.aspx
Mr Heller will also take this opportunity to present the findings of his predecessor, Catarina De Albuquerque, on her country mission to Kenya.

Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur for the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, will present a report to the General Assembly in New York on Different Types of Water and Sanitation Services from a Human Rights Perspective, late October 2015.
In September, this report will be available online at this link: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/WaterAndSanitation/SRWater/Pages/AnnualReports.aspx

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The Decade’s Weekly says goodbye with a special issue on the key milestones of the last months of the Water Decade

Welcome to the Special Issue of the Decade’s Weekly! The Decade’s Weekly has been one of the major communication products of the United Nations Office in support of the international Decade for action: ’Water for Life, 2005 - 2015’. Launched in May 2013, the Decade’s weekly has brought subscribers every week the latest updates from the Decade as well as news and events on water and sanitation from the United Nations system. For your support during these years, thank you! In this last and special edition, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has prepared for you the key milestones of the last months of the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015, from March to December 2015. You may also access the complete picture of the Decade’s milestones from 2003-2015 in our webpage!

Keep informed! You can continue to keep up with the updates on news, events and publications through the UN-Water website. In addition, the UNW-DPAC website will be updated with information on activities of the Office.

End of Decade's Milestones

High-level Interactive Dialogue on the Water for Life Decade: Progress achieved and lessons learned

High-level Interactive Dialogue on the Water for Life Decade: Progress achieved and lessons learned

Date: 30 March 2015
Place: UN Headquarters, New York, USA.
Organisers: President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), UN-Water

On 19 December 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution (A/RES/69/215) on the ’International Decade for Action, «Water for Life», 2005-2015’, calling to evaluate progress achieved in the implementation of the Decade and continue taking steps for achieving internationally agreed water-related goals. The resolution also invited the President of the UN General Assembly to convene a High-level Interactive Dialogue on the theme ’The International Decade for Action: Progress achieved and lessons learned relevant to the achievement of sustainable development'. The dialogue will review progress achieved and gaps in the implementation of the Decade and will reflect on lessons learned that can contribute to a comprehensive approach to sustainable management of water and sanitation in the post-2015 development agenda. The event will feature a plenary segment and a high-level, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussion on the theme ’Carrying lessons learned from the Decade into the post-2015 development agenda'. It will result in a President's summary that will be circulated to Member States and other stakeholders. The UN Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) will moderate the interactive discussion on good practices with regards to means of implementation and partnerships.
>> Visit the event website >> Provisional programmePDF document >> Background document PDF document

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - On Means of Implementation and Global Partnerships

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda- 4th Session

Date: 20-24 April 2015
Place: New York
Organiser: Office of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President

The United Nations is in the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda to be launched at a Summit in September 2015, which is the target date for realizing the Millenium Development Goals (MDG). The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda are taking place over several sessions from January 2015. The upcoming 4th session will focus on the means of implementation and global partnerships for sustainable development.
>> More information >> Read more about the previous sessions

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - On Follow up and Review

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda- 5th Session

Date: 18-22 May 2015
Place: New York, U.S.A.
Organiser: Office of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The 5th session of the intergovernmental negotiations will focus on follow-up and review.
>> More information >> Learn more about the process

 

High-level International Conference on the Implementation of the Water for Life Decade

High-level International Conference on the Implementation of the Water for Life Decade

Date: 9-11 June
Place: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organisers: Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with UN-Water and other partners

The UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/69/215) on the ’International Decade for Action, «Water for Life», 2005-2015’ included the convening of a High-level International Conference on the implementation of the Decade. The Conference provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges and gaps in the implementation of the International Decade and on this basis, recommendations will be elaborated for further action to be taken after 2015, including contributing to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals related to water resources. The conference program will include a variety of activities, including plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional perspectives, an exhibition and a tour. The Tajikistan Conference is open to all stakeholders for conducting side events.
>> Visit the Conference’s website! >> Read the 1st announcement of the ConferencePDF document

3rd International Conference on Financing for Development

3rd International Conference on Financing for Development

Date: 13 to 16 July 2015
Place: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organiser: President of the UN General Assembly, UN Economic and Social Council, Government of Ethiopia

The 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development will focus on:(1) assessing the progress made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration and identifying obstacles and constraints encountered in the achievement of the goals and objectives agreed therein, as well as actions and initiatives to overcome these constraints;(2) addressing new and emerging issues, including in the context of the recent multilateral efforts to promote international development cooperation, (3) reinvigorating and strengthening the financing for development follow-up process. The Conference will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities. The event will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
>> Learn more >> More information >> UN General Assembly resolution on Modalities for the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development (A/RES/68/279)

United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda

United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda

Date: 25 - 27 September
Place: New York, USA.
Organiser: Office of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President

The post-2015 development agenda will be launched at the Summit in September 2015, which is the target date for realizing the MDGs. It is currently being elaborated through informal consultations of the UN General Assembly. The President of the General Assembly has appointed two Co-facilitators to lead those informal consultations. The process of arriving at the post 2015 development agenda is Member State-led with broad participation from Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders. There has been numerous inputs to the agenda, notably a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an open working group of the General Assembly (GA), the report of an intergovernmental committee of experts on sustainable development financing, GA dialogues on technology facilitation and many others. The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly in September 2013 (Resolution 68/6) . The Summit will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014.
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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 / CMP 11

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 / CMP 11

Date: 30 Nov - 11 Dec 2015
Place: Paris, France
Organiser: Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Water is the primary medium through which climate change influences Earth’s ecosystem and thus the livelihood and well-being of societies. France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as ’Paris 2015’ from 30 November to 11 December 2015. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2oC. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted during the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. It entered into force on 21 March 1994 and has been ratified by 196 States, which constitute the ’Parties’ to the Convention - its stakeholders. The Conference of the Parties (COP), made up of all ’States Parties’, is the Convention’s supreme decision-making body. It meets every year in a global session where decisions are made to meet goals for combating climate change.
>> Access the Conference website >> Learn more at the United Nations Climate Change Newsroom

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