The International Year of Water Cooperation comes to its end. Among many of the goals achieved, the Year has provided a means to strengthening the dialogue and cooperation with key stakeholders, at all levels. The closing ceremony will provide a synthesis of the major achievements of the International Year, explore modalities to further foster water cooperation and set the agenda for its follow-up.
The Closing Ceremony is organized by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water with the support of the Government of Mexico through the National Water Commission (CONAGUA). The Ceremony includes high level panels on the global perspectives of water security and cooperation, on the milestone events and on UN activities that took place during the Year.
Round tables discussions on the key messages of the International Year will be held and the ceremony will be concluded with the spotlight on the way ahead, including a focus on water in the preparations for the post-2015 development agenda.
30 November 2013 – Every two months, the Bimonthly Publications Review highlights the latest publications produced by United Nations agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation. Publications included in the review are freely accessible from the web.
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29 November 2013 – Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is going to bat for hygiene and sanitation in South Asia, promoting the use of toilets and hand washing, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced. UNICEF named Mr. Tendulkar, known as the “Master Blaster”, to support its work in the region with the lowest access to toilets worldwide. Every year, more than half a million South Asian children under the age of five die of diarrhoea, caused by unsafe drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene behaviours, according to UNICEF.
26 November 2013 – The United Nations is mustering planes, ferries and trucks to boost its relief efforts in the Philippines, with food still a priority almost three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ripped into the country, killing over 5,230 people and affecting more than 13 million others, nearly 3.5 million of them left homeless. Besides, an estimated 240,000 people still remain in some 1,100 centres in overcrowded conditions with limited water and sanitation facilities.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, is seeking engagement with States and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation, and to seek input through the proposal of case studies, comments and other experience that States would like to share on the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation. Ms. Albuquerque encourages contributions by 13 December 2013.
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>> Questionnaire for contributions
19 November 2013 – On the occasion of World Toilet Day, the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations and the Water for Life Decade's Office launched today in New York a monograph on water cooperation. The monograph "Water cooperation", produced in collaboration with the World Council of Civil Engineers and Aquae Foundation, summarizes United Nations contributions and key experiences on water cooperation.
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19 November 2013 – With its first official observance of World Toilet Day, the United Nations called on the international community to help break taboos around toilets, which are still out of reach to more than one-third of the global population, and make sanitation a global development priority. "Despite the compelling moral and economic case for action on sanitation, progress has been too little and too slow," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, noting that sanitation is central to human and environmental health, and essential for sustainable development, dignity and opportunity.
>> Secretary General’s message for World Toilet Day
>> Post 2015 Water Thematic Consultation Report
>> Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
>> UN-Water section on water in the post-2015 process
>> UN post-2015 agenda
>> The World We Want: water thematic consultation
>> DESA section on Post-2015
>> JMP Water Consultative Process
>> Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory
5-6 December 2013: Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Water Cooperation
20-21 August 2013: International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation. Dushanbe, Tajikistan
8-10 January 2013: Preparing for the 2013 International Year. Water Cooperation: Making it Happen! Conference. Zaragoza, Spain
>> Draft Resolution on the implementation of the IYWC
>> IYWC official website
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2013: International Year of Water Cooperation