Decade's Milestones

2003

  • 23 December: Resolution A/RES/58/217 proclaiming 2005-2015 International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015.

2005

  • 22 March: Start of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015 as established in Resolution A/RES/58/217.
  • 11-22 April: 13th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Report on the thirteenth session (E/2005/29), which contains a matrix of actions to form a basis for the Decade. It was called a 'possible framework of policy options for Governments and for the UN system'.
  • 25 July: Report of the UN Secretary-General on Actions taken in organising the activities of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015 (A/60/158). This inception report of the Decade contains pledges of activities by the UN agencies, as well as the proposed governance structure.

2006

  • 20 December: Declaration of 2008 'International Year of Sanitation' (A/RES/61/192).

2007

  • August: Opening of the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) in Bonn, Germany.
  • October: Opening of 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) in Zaragoza, Spain.

2008

2009

  • 21 December: Resolution calling for a Midterm comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for life' 2005-2015 (A/RES/64/198). This UNGA decision announced the meeting in Tajikistan and requested information on the progress of the Decade

2010

  • 22 March: High-Level Interactive Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015. UN Headquarters, New York. Four documents were presented:
    1. Water, peace and security: transboundary water cooperation (A/64/692 and A/64/692/Corr.1).
    2. Organization of the midterm comprehensive review of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015 (A/64/693).
    3. Water, climate change and disasters (A/64/695).
    4. Water and the internationally agreed development goals (A/64/694).
  • 8-9 June: High-level International Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  • 22 June: Dushanbe Declaration on Water (A/65/88). This 'non-negotiated text' lists a number of focal areas for the remainder of the Decade.
  • 28 July: UN Resolution recognising access to safe and clean drinking water and
    sanitationas a human right (A/RES/64/292).
  • 16 August: Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Midterm comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015 (A/65/297). This document was prepared by UNDESA, provides an overview of the Decade to date, and gives an account of activities by the UN system and UN-Water partners , such as the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

2011

  • 11 February: 'Sustainable sanitation: the five-year drive to 2015'. Follow-up of the International
    Year of Sanitation, 2008 (A/RES/65/153). This is an initiative by the UN Secretary-General'
    Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), UNICEF and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). The resolution makes reference to the Decade.
  • 11 February: Declaration of 2013 'International Year of Water Cooperation' (A/RES/65/154).
  • 21 June: Launch of UN Campaign "Sustainable sanitation: the five-year drive to 2015".

2012

  • 20-22 June: Rio+20. The Rio+20 Outcome Document highlights the commitment to the 2005-2015 International Decade for Action "Water for Life".

2013

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