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. The Office has organised in collaboration with Global Water Partnership a round table on "Water Decade Implementation - Progress and Achievements, Lessons Learnt, Best Practices" on 09 June 2015 from 14:00 - 16:30 hours. The Office has supported the Rapporteur in the High Level pre-conference Forum on LDCs and SIDs and has facilitated the side even on a consultation for the new decade for action. The Water for Life Voices Exhibit has been displayed at the conference. The Office has launched the following publications: Women Engagement (in cllaboration with UN Women and WfWP), and a Logo Users booklet.
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Josefina Maestu, Director of United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action «Water for Life 2005-2015», implementing the UN-Water Programme on Advocacy and Communication; explains about the risks to a planet that neglects its vital element. The documentary has been broadcasted by RTVE on 14 May 2015.
The Water for Life Voices Exhibit has successfully closed on 14 April 2015 in the UNHQ in New York. The Opening of the Exhibit took place on 30 March with the participation of Cristina Gallach the UN USG of the Department of Public Information, Blanca Jimenez, Secretary of UNESCO's IHP and the Ambassadors and Representatives of Spain, Korea and Tajikistan, among others. The digital exhibit has travelled in April to Daegu's World Water Forum where it was displayed at the Spanish Stand >> Full Exhibit. There are plans for display at Madrid UNWTO and Valencia UN Logistics base and during the celebrations of the 70 Anniversary of the UN. In June, the full exhibition will be displayed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, during the High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for life" 2005-2015 to be held in Dushanbe on 9-11 June 2015. It is also foreseen to be display in the following cities: Venice, Sydney and Madrid.
On 18 March, the UN-Water Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) received group of 33 people composed by students from 15 countries and staff from University of Oxford. The students were graduates from the School of Geography and the Environment in its annual event trip. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, welcome the visitors with a presentation about the work of UNW-DPAC and UN-Water.
The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), the World Council of Civil Engineers and Fundación Aquae, presented the second 'Water Monographs', in which the three entities have been collaborating since 2013 to raise awareness of topics identified by UN as priorities for the last three years of the 'Water for Life Decade': water cooperation (2013), water and energy (2014) and sustainable development (2015), at the 2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. The presentation took place in the framework of the side event "Management and innovation in water and energy in Ibero-America", under the auspices of the three institutions.
>> Video presentation of Water Monographs at UN-Water Zaragoza Conference
>> Water Monographs video presentation
>> Water & Energy monograph
>> Water & Energy monograph
The United Nations Office to support the International Decade for Action Water for Life "2005-2015" organized the 'Water for Life Voices' Exhibition Opening and UN-Water Best Practices Award Ceremony, that took place on March 30 at UNHQ. The Opening was jointly organized by theUnited Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) , UNICEF , the Permanent Missions of the Republic of Tajikistan, Spain and Korea and counted with the support of the staff from the Division for Sustainable Development/DESA and the Department of Public Information (DPI) . The activities also included a video at NASDAQ Tower-in Times Square, a video of the Ceremony, webcasting and radio interviews. The Office Director participated in the International Steering Committee meeting for the June Dushanbe Conference on the Decade and at the High-level Interactive Dialogue on the Water for Life Decade: Progress achieved and lessons learned moderating a panel discussion.
During the 2015 World Water Week the most relevant topics relating to “Water for Development” will be discussed: Financing, SDGs, Integrity, Gender issues, Climate Change, Energy, Sanitation, Food, Conflict Resolution, Water Management. In addressing the role of “Water for Development” it will be important to bring into focus how we go beyond the discussions about global goals and targets to address the actual implementation of the new Post-2015 development agenda in the local context. UNW-DPAC participated in different activities and provided a series of information materials on the issue.
The World Water Week looked at energy and water within two principal approaches: the societal opportunities and challenges and the cross cutting issues which include governance, economical and financial impacts and decision making. Many of the UN-Water family members were present and, as every year, participants were welcome to attend the UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue, the presentation of next year’s World Water Day campaign and to visit the UN-Water Pavilion.
>> UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue on ’The Water, Energy and Food-Nexus and the Post-2015 Development Agenda’
>> Seminar on ’World Water Day 2015. Water and sustainable development’
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The Global Water System Project (GWSP) and Future Earth with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) are organizing the conference “Sustainable Development Goals : A water perspective” . This conference will bring together available information, identify knowledge and action gaps, share lessons on viable instruments and approaches, facilitate networks and create a platform for moving toward action on the SDGs with a perspective on water. The conference will focus on the three "I"s-Indicators, Interlinkages and Implementation. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participates as panelist on 17 August on the panel “Governance of Risks towards the Implementation of Water SDGs” convened by the University of Osnabruck. The programe is available at: http://sdg2015.gwsp.org/391/#c1406
UNESCO Associated Schools Network in Spain organizes the XXVIII Meeting of UNESCO Associated Schools Network in Spain: The Strait, crossroads of civilizations. The aim of the meeting will focus on the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), one of the areas of work of the UNESCO associated schools plan considered of great interest to face the current challenges in a global world. In the framework of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participates on 7 July with a presentation on "The organization of the United Nations system".
The Research Group for Irrigation, Agriculture and Environment (CSIC-CITA) of the Aula Dei campus in Zaragoza organizes the "Conference on Cooperation for innovation in the Rural Development Programme: irrigated agriculture" with the collaboration of the Ebro Water Partnership . This conference aims to establish the needs and challenges that arise in relation to improved water management, irrigation and innovation in both rural development programs and the second cycle of hydrological planning. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participates in this event with a keynote presentation on "Innovation in the framework of Sustainable Development Goals.
The International Conference. Journalism in crisis, emergencies and disasters was organized by Indagando TV and Universidad Carlos III with the aim to analyze the role of communication and journalism in health crises and update knowledge for effective news coverage in such situations. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participated on 17 June in the debate: "What is the response to a disaster? different models".
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The High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015 has as primary goal a comprehensive discussion of the issues of implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, which will later play a crucial role in conducting a comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade by raising awareness of the wider international community about its results. UNW-DPAC is participating and collaborating with this conference with: • Co-convene with Global Water Partnership a round table on "Water Decade Implementation - Progress and Achievements, Lessons Learnt, Best Practices" on 09 June 2015 from 14:00 - 16:30 hours. • Co-convene with Global Water Partnership a pre-conference multistakeholder dialogue on 8 June 2015. • Attending the 3rd meeting of the International Steering Committee of the High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, to be held on 7 June 2015. • The Water for Life Voices Exhibit will be displayed at the conference. • Launch the following publications: Water Cooperation, Women Engagement, Logo Users booklet and Water for life Award winners booklet. >> See the conference programme
The ASEM Seminar on Strengthening Concerted Actions on Water Management through Post – 2015 Agenda is an initiative of six members of ASEM (Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam) which was approved in October 2014 during the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan, Italy. This Seminar provides a platform for ASEM members to validate best practices in water management and consolidate proposals for ASEM's Post-2015 Vision and stronger actions to achieve sustainable water for all. Josefina Maestu, Director UNW-DPAC, will be participating as guest speaker at the Plenary Session II: Lessons learned and practices in water management in Asia and Europe on 3 June from 13:30 - 15:30 hours. >> See the programme
In the framework of Aquae Venice 2015, the World Water Assessment Programme (UN-WWAP) of UNESCO, organizes a two day high level conference on Water and Sustainable Development to present the main findings of the World Water Development Report 2015 "Water for a Sustainable World", on 21-22 May 2015. This event will be articulated in thematic sessions and a specific part dedicated to the case studies and best practices from the countries. As one of the main contributors to the WWDR2015, Josefina Maestu, Director UNW-DPAC presents the findings of the office contribution to the report participating at the Panel Discussion "Defining critical developmental challenges" on 22 May with the theme "Conflicting uses of the resource" on 22 May 2015 from 10.30 – 11.45 hours. >> See the programme
Every three years, the World Water Forum mobilizes creativity, innovation, and know-how around water. Serving as a stepping-stone towards global collaboration on water challenges, the Forum is a unique multistakeholder platform where the water community and the policy and decision makers from all regions of the world can work together to find joint solutions. Josefina Maestu, Director of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) participated as panellist in the following sessions: On 15 April at the session 'Efficient water management in the Post 2015' organized by UNEP. On 16 April at the High Level Panel 'Water Security and Sustainable Development: Co-operation among Disciplines and Stakeholders' organized by UNESCO and K-Water. On 16 April at the Thematic Process Session entitled 'Addressing water security challenges: Case-studies and sharing of experiences on providing enough safe water for all' organized by UNESCO and K-Water.
On 20 March, the Cátedra Aquae on Water Economy held its third conference, framed on the World Water 2015 celebrations. Amelia Perez Zabaleta, its Director, launched the Second Edition of Award of Doctoral Thesis for works related to water approached from any perspective or discipline. The event was chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Transfer of UNED, Ricardo Mairal, who was also accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alberto Alvarez. The day was closed with the results of conference on Water and Sustainable Development by Josefina Maestu, director United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action «Water for Life 2005-2015» who took stock of the activities performed during these ten years and advanced lines to be followed in the coming years.
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On 19 March, ZINNAEhttp://zinnae.org/index.php organized the seminar 'Water Challenges in building and infrastructure: Water efficiency as a driver of the green economy'. This seminar, held in Zaragoza, was organized in the framework of the World Water Day 2015, this year under the theme Water and Sustainable Development. The purpose of the seminar was to present some challenges and public and private solutions linked to the sustainability of infrastructure and buildings. These initiatives contribute from one side to make better use of water and the associated energy, and at the same time generate quality jobs linked to the water sector. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participated at the institutional table.
On 17 March 2015, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) organized the Second meeting for the organization of the 70 Anniversary of the United Nations in Zaragoza to finalize the organization of the 70 Anniversary of the United Nations based on the first meeting held in Madrid on 6 February 2015. The meeting took stock of the advances and defined next steps and responsibilities. Representatives from different United Nations' organizations based In Spain participated at the meeting. During the meeting, the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) in Spain was also presented.
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