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 Workshop
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 release
>> More information on the Award and finalists
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