UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)


Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action.UN-Water International Conference ‘Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action’: See Results!

"2015 is an important year. An important year for disaster risk reduction, an important year for climate and an important year for water," said the UN-Water Chair, Michel Jarraud in his welcome video message to the 300 participants at the UN-Water International Conference. The Conference, which took place from 15 to 17 January in Zaragoza, Spain, was organised by the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015 implementing the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), in collaboration with 18 UN-Water members, 13 partners and 21 other collaborating organizations and Governments. Participants included the UN-Water Vice-Chair, the Vice President of the Global Compact, delegates from 18 water programmes from the UN, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, and the Coordinator of the UN-Water Working Group on Water related Sustainable Development Goals.

Exchanges, inputs, conclusions and some important questions were delivered through presentations from experts with varied backgrounds and experience. The conference took an inclusive media approach with coverage through a live webcast, reported through twitter feeds and daily summaries. Conference outputs, including a compilation of case studies, a ToolBox with numerous tools developed by the different UN entities, and information briefs providing a background on some of the issues discussed, are now available at the Conference website, to help us prepare for World Water Day 2015, which will focus on "water and sustainable development".

>> Video recording of sessions
>> Daily summaries
>> Information briefs
>> Cases
>> Conference website


UNW-DPAC shares experiences from the Water Decade
UNW-DPAC shares experiences from the Water Decade
On 17 February 2015, the Director of the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 held a meeting, as requested by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Spain, with the Novia Salcedo Foundation, to share experiences and advice from the International Decade with a Spanish civil society organization promoting a new Youth Employment Decade.

Ursula Schaefer
Video interview with Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, chair of the Global Water Partnership
Ursula Schaefer-Preuss speaks about stakeholder partnerships for a water secure world through Integrated Water Resources Management and the importance of a dedicated water goal for the Sustainable Development Goals, at the UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference 2015 ’Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action’.
>> Watch the video and access interviews with other Conference participants
Ursula Schaefer-Preuss was a panelist in the session on Progress in the International Water Decade, 15 January 2015.
>> View the session here

La Directora de UNW-DPAC - Monografías del Agua
UNW-DPAC participates in meeting of UN entities in Spain
On 9 February 2015, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) joined the meeting of UN entities with a presence in Spain, with the objective of organising the activities for the 70th Anniversary of the UN and a programme of common activities during 2015. Participating were representatives from World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Compact, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Millennium Campaign - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Abierto el plazo de los Premios UNICEF Comité Español 2015
UNICEF Spain 2015 Awards: Call for contributions!
UNICEF Spain wants your nominations for its 2015 Awards, which recognize the commitment and efforts of people and institutions that contribute to significantly change the lives of the most vulnerable children and advance the defense of children’s rights. This biennial award has four international categories: initiatives to raise awareness and mobilize society on children and their rights; actions that have achieved real changes in the lives of children; initiatives targeting the most vulnerable groups, especially those driven by children and youth themselves; and people with a career of outstanding dedication to children’s rights. Contributions, including those related to water, sanitation and hygiene and their importance for children’s rights, will be received until 28 March 2015. Information about the awards and guidelines are available here: unicefpremios2015.Available in Spanish


Logo Water For Life.
1st meeting for the High-level International Conference on the Implementation of the Water for Life Decade
Date: 23 February 2015
Place: Paris, France
Organiser: Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
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 implies the convening of a High-level International Conference on the implementation of the Decade, which will take place in June 2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with UN-Water and other partners. The Director of the UN Office to Support the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 was part of the International Steering Committee at the 1st meeting for this High-Level International Conference. The Steering Committee reviewed and discussed the draft concept note of the Conference, including objectives, main themes and topics, preliminary program, expected outcomes and other issues related to the preparatory process. The Tajikistan Conference is open to all stakeholders for conducting side events.
>> Visit the Conference’s website!

UNW-DPAC at the Spanish National Congress of Environment
Date: 24-27 November
Place: Madrid
Organisers: CONAMA Foundation
The 12th edition of the National Congress of Environment took place in Madrid from 24-27 November 2014, organised by the CONAMA FoundationAvailable in Spanish. This congress represents the most important sustainable development event in Spain, bringing together nearly 10,000 participants from diverse professional sectors.Josefina Maestu, Director of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) participated in the following events: roundtable on Water Policy, discussing insights on Financing Water; roundtable on Water and Energy with a speech on global challenges and options; roundtable on Future Environmental Challenges, with a speech on Water on the Post 2015 Agenda; presentation at the VII Spatial Planning Congress/CONAMA on water and energy partnerships.
>> National Congress of Environment 2014 website

Participants at the Seminar Water Security, a Brazilian Vision. Water and Energy, Tools for Sustainability.
UNW-DPAC Director participated in the Seminar "Water Security, a Brazilian Vision. Water and Energy, Tools for Sustainability" and the "Cultivating Good Water" Encounter
Date: 18-20 November
Place: Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
Organisers: Itaipú Binaçional, Seção Brasil Conselho Mundial da Água, Rede Brasil de Organismos de Bacias Hidrográficas, Cultivando Água Boa
During three days, representatives of various governments, businesses and NGOs discussed challenges related to water resources management in response to the energy needs of Brazil, mining and energy, hydropower generation and the implementation of strategic projects. Josefina Maestu, UNW-DPAC Director, participated with a keynote speech on "Water and Energy. The New Challenges of Sustainable Development Goals" on 19 November. The seminar ended with a meeting of the "Cultivando Aqua Boa" (CAB) Programme, with representatives from several countries adopting the CAB methodology, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Spain.
>> More informationAvailable in Portuguese
>> Meeting of the "Cultivando Agua Boa" ProgrammeAvailable in Portuguese