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


Water for Life Decade LogoSave the date for the 2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference! 15-17 January 2015

The post-2015 international agenda for water will be decided upon in 2015. The 2015 UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference ’Water and sustainable development: From vision to action’ will start the year by focusing on how to bring the agenda into action; a practical event on tools for implementation.

The UN-Water Conferences serve to prepare for World Water Day, focusing on "water and sustainable development" in 2015.

More than 300 participants from United Nations agencies and programmes, experts, representatives of the business community, governmental and non-governmental organizations will meet from 15 to 17 January 2015 in Zaragoza, Spain, to discuss the tools for implementing the post-2015 agenda for water. 2015 is the year the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to their end and is also the last year of the Water for Life Decade so it is especially important for taking stock of and learning from achievements as well as planning the next steps.

The conference will mark an important date in water history, as it brings together a decade of lessons learned, experiences from all over the world and summarises progress on water and sanitation, with a better understanding of how to shape future goals. Reflecting upon previous events such as Rio+20 and looking towards World Water Day 2015 and beyond, save the date and get involved!
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UNW-DPAC participates in TV series ‘Aqua’
Josefina Maestu, UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) Director, explains the meaning, challenges and achievements of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 in the chapter ‘Water, A Common Good’ of this Catalan TV series. Produced by Olot Televisió and broadcast on more than 20 local television stations, the series includes several episodes on water as a key resource for life and development.
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Launch of UN Water and Sanitation Best Practices Platform!
Launch of UN Water and Sanitation Best Practices Platform!
After a Decade of learning, many methods and approaches have been implemented to achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals. Now, at the end of the Water for Life Decade, we have access to a collection of best practices that will be important for the Post-2015 period. The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has developed this best practices platform to facilitate examining successfully applied practices and to provide links to useful practices and instructive organizations. The platform enables search by region, country and theme. These best practices have followed a screening process which includes the Water for Life UN-Water Best Practices Award and UN-Water Zaragoza Annual Conferences. Additional best practices will be added as we continue working with UN agencies and programmes and Member States. We take this opportunity to thank all participants and congratulate you for your hard work!
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Participation of UNW-DPAC in the Documentary series “Invisible Water”
Participation of UNW-DPAC in the Documentary series "Invisible Water”
Co-produced by the Water Promotion and Management Foundation, the Platform of Scientific Dissemination of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Spanish Television, this series on hydrogeology and underground water counts with the special collaboration of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). Josefina Maestu, UNW-DPAC Director, participates in the chapters “Underground Water Uses and Management” and "Shared Water: Water solidarity".
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UNW-DPAC joins My World Campaign
23 October 2014 - The United Nations Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has signed on as an official partner of MY World: The United Nations Millennium Campaign. MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners, MY World aims to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty after the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
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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

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UNW-DPAC participates at the 9th General Assembly Meeting of the World Council of Civil Engineers
Date: 21- 25 November
Place: Lisbon
Organisers: Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal
The 9th General Assembly of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE), a UN- Water partner, took place in Lisbon from 21- 25 November 2014, hosted by Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal. In this framework, Josefina Maestu, Director of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)participated through a Guest Conference on ‘UN-Water Initiatives’ to illustrate how UN-Water related organisations are working to improve access to water and sanitation in the world.
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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