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

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World Water Day Journalist Workshop provided an opportunity to learn and share experiencesWorld Water Day Journalist Workshop provided an opportunity to learn and share experiences

25 March 2014 - The Journalist Workshop organized by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) in Tokyo, Japan, on the occasion of World Water Day gathered 25 journalists from 11 different Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Pakistan, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Journalists expected to share their reporting experiences with other colleagues and learn from each other. Issues such as hydropower, the water-energy nexus and accessing accurate sources of information were part of their learning expectances.

The workshop, which took place on 21 and 22 March, and included a visit to the city of Kumamoto on the 23 for some selected journalist, was organized around a training and panel session on the 21st and a series of editorial sessions on the 22nd. During the training and panel sessions, journalists were especially concerned with the disconnection between both sectors (water and energy) and its consequences, the monetization of water services, the dams debate, water trading, appropriate technologies and pitches for convincing governments.

After the workshop, journalists evaluated the activities ranking high the selection of experts participating; the working group sessions, which allowed them to share their views and argue on what to report on as well as experiencing cross-cultural and cross-country interactions; the opportunities provided for interviewing high-profile experts and the documents and information provided.

As a result of the workshop, the participating journalists have created a collaborative network where they will continue exchanging their experiences and ideas for continuing reporting on water and energy issues.
>> Final report from the Journalist WorkshopPDF document


2014 edition of UN Water 'Water for Life' Awards goes to India and Singapore!2014 edition of UN Water 'Water for Life' Awards goes to India and Singapore!

21 March 2014 - The 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award intends to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices which can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets.

The 2014 edition, which focuses on 'Water and Energy', has been awarded on 21 March during the official UN ceremony of World Water Day 2014 taking place at UNU Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. Category 1 'Best water management practices' has been awarded to a project focusing on policy research in co-management of energy and groundwater in India: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI)-Tata Water Policy Programme (ITP). Category 2 'Best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices' has been awarded to a project focusing on wide-scale implementation and public engagement plan of reclaimed water in Singapore: the 'NEWater programme'.
>> Full press releasePDF document
>> More information on the Award and finalists

NEWS

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CEO Water Mandate Steering Committee summarises Post-2015 development processes and future priorities
8 April 2014 - On the 25 March 2014, UN representatives, stakeholders and Industry experts met to summarise the Post-2015 development process, have an overview of the 13th CEO Water Mandate Working Conference taking place in Peru from 8 to 10 April 2014, discuss plans for World Water Week 2014 and a possible collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Gavin Power, Deputy Director of UN Global Compact and head of the CEO Water Mandate, shared with the Steering Committee the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals' recently released discussion paper outlining 19 thematic focus areas, one of which covers water and sanitation. The Secretariat presented two possible projects with The Nature Conservancy – the development of a paper/guide on how to measure the sufficiency of collective action projects, and the development of a basic toolkit for companies just beginning the water stewardship journey. In addition Ms. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, drew attention to UN-Water's Post-2015-themed conference, planned for 15-17 January 2015 in Zaragoza, Spain.

Modernismo al Margen: Guided tours of Casa Solans
Casa Solans, headquarters of the UN Office to support the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015, is part of the visit tour "Modernismo al Margen" organized by the Tourist Office in Zaragoza, Spain. Casa Solans is opened to the public every Friday at 6pm. Interested people need to contact the Zaragoza Tourist Office.
>> Visits and contact information[PDF documentAvailable in Spanish-2.5 MB]

EVENTS

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International Workshop on Tools for Improving Drinking Water Quality and International strategic meeting on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health facilities
Date: 21-23 April 2014
Place: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI), Madrid, Spain
Organizers: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality of Spain in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)
This international workshop will discuss the tools for improving the quality of water for human consumption, including information systems, water safety plans and guidelines for quality drinking water. The main objective is to share knowledge and experiences between countries and international organizations. Participants include UN experts, international and national organisations. The event will also include an International strategic meeting on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities which will bring together international organizations, national organizations from Spain, academics and donors to discuss and commence a global, collaborative effort to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities. Participants will present the latest global data regarding the status of this issue and discuss key gaps and measures to strengthen monitoring, policy and implementation. In addition, national case studies will be presented. The expected outcomes of the meeting include a Global strategy on WASH in health care facilities and a Global Action Plan for 2014-2024.
>> More information
>> Workshop Programme

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Workshop on the Ruggie Principles and business on water and sanitation
Date: 3 April 2014
Place: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Madrid, Spain
Organizers: Engineering for Human Development (ONGAWA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
This meeting will focus on the application of the Ruggie Principles for business considering the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. With the exchange of experiences through participatory workshops and presentations, participants will discuss strategies and actions on how to incorporate the Ruggie Principles in business. The workshop invites business representatives from the water and sanitation sector and other water consuming sectors, as well as other interested companies, governments NGOs, researchers and academics to participate.
>> More informationAvailable in Spanish