Date: 5-6 June 2014
Place: Finca Condal de San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Canary Islands, Spain
Organizers: Aquae Foundation
In the framework of World Environment Day, Aquae Foundation has launched a digital platform: The Smart Aquae Campus. With this platform, Aquae Foundation promotes two major initiatives to raise public awareness on how we care for the Earth and our responsibility for change: the “Aquae Innova Award” and contest on innovation “Tree of Life”. As World Environment Day is dedicated to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), on 5 and 6 June the Encounter Aquae Campus Event was held on the Canary Islands. With these two initiatives, Aquae Foundation intended to create a meeting place where people, groups and institutions can get together to share their vision of the world and their views and proposals to care for the planet and its sustainable development. Josefina Maestu, Director UNW- DPAC, participated on 6 June in the presentation of Innova Aquae award and the Tree of Life initiatives received.
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Date: 5 June 2014
Place: Auditorio Canal Foundation, Mateo Inurria 2, Madrid, Spain
Organizers: Canal Foundation
On World Environment Day, the Canal Foundation celebrated the 9th edition of its Water for Development Forum, an initiative promoted since 2006 aimed at offering a place to meet, exchange experiences and ideas, and involve key stakeholders to find solutions to water and development linkages. This year's discussion focused on the relationship between water and energy at three main levels: globally, in the urban environment and in connection with international cooperation. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participated in this forum with the presentation "The general context of the water-energy nexus: World Water Development Report 2014".
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Date: 19 May 2014 Time: 19:30
Place: Paraninfo building, University of Zaragoza, Spain
The documentary ‘Bringing the las Piñas-Zapote River in The Philippines back to life’ was aired at the Ecozine film festival which takes place from 15 to 22 May 2014 in Zaragoza, Spain. The 'Las Piñas-Zapote River System Rehabilitation Program' in The Philippines, won the category 1 'Best water management practices' 1st edition of 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award. This documentary introduces the initiative which, implemented by the Villar Foundation, has succeeded in bringing Las Piñas-Zapote River and its tributaries back to life, allowing wealth generation from waste that once polluted the river and creating work and housing for a population that used to live in shacks. The projection took place at Sala Pilar Sinués in the Paraninfo building at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, under the "Water films" section.
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Date: 15 May 2014
Place: Environmental Centre of the Ebro River Basin. Zaragoza, Spain
Organizer: Environmental Centre of the Ebro River Basin
On 15 May Albert Solé, director of the documentary film "The dream of water", gave an open discussion on his work, at the Environmental Centre of the Ebro River in Zaragoza, Spain. The Director explained how the film was created, shot and the central ideas it aimed to communicate. 'The dream of water' is a documentary film produced by UNESCO and Expo Zaragoza 2008, narrated by children from different regions of the world it demonstrates the water-related problems they deal with every day. In Benin, West Africa Crepin explains how pollution is reducing its lake’s fishing. In the Netherlands, Muriel tells us how they have to evacuate her home to reinforce the dike that protects them from the sea. Nandini, in Mumbai, tells us about his daily odyssey to provide water for his family. In the Gaza Strip, Isam and Anath explain how the distribution of drinking water adds tension to one of the most unstable parts of the world meanwhile in the Atacama desert, Julio shows us how they have decided to fight the drought with imagination.
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Date: 15 May 2014
Place: Casa Solans, Av. Cataluña 60, Zaragoza, Spain
Organizers: UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and Ecología y Desarrollo Foundation (ECODES)
The 9th UN Water Dialogue was organised by UNW-DPAC and the Ecología y Desarrollo Foundation (ECODES) within the framework of the 2015 UN-Water International Conference in Zaragoza, Spain, which will focus on water and sustainable development. This dialogue aimed to report on progress in the Post-2015 Agenda, share the views of civil society on priorities in each of the topics, receive feedback on its contribution in relation to the means of implementation and identify key actors of the civil society.
Date: 8 May 2014
Time: 10:30 to 14:00
Place: Casa Solans, Av. Cataluña 60, Zaragoza, Spain
Organizers: UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and the University of Zaragoza
The 8th UN-Water Dialogue in Casa Solans was organized by UNW-DPAC and the University of Zaragoza in the framework of the 2015 UN-Water International Conference in Zaragoza, Spain, which will focus on water and sustainable development. The specific objectives of the dialogue included informing representatives from academia on progress in the Post-2015 Agenda, sharing experiences, expressing suggestions for the Conference, and facilitating a dialogue on its possible outcomes. The dialogue aimed to address the implementation’s challenges in relation to UN-Water recommendations.
Date: 6–9 May 2014
Place: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM), Spain
Organizers: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) and United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015
The National Capacity Development Training of Trainers (TOTs) Workshop which took place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) aimed to train key national drought management officials in 5 pilot countries (Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen) and strengthen their knowledge of the latest Water Scarcity and Drought (WS&D) management guidelines, methodologies, tools and best management practices.
The training sessions included particular focus on the Mediterranean Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Planning Guidelines (MEDROPLAN). The purpose of the MEDROPLAN guidelines is to provide Mediterranean countries with a framework for an effective and systematic approach to prevent and/or minimise the impacts of drought.
The session brought together key policy makers and national stakeholders from the pilot countries along with experts with extensive regional and international experiences on drought planning and management including MEDROPLAN's developers and experts. This included key project team members from the five pilot country governments; project regional and national experts and consultants from the five pilot countries; experts from regional and international institutions involved in drought management and MEDROPLAN scientists from the Polytechnical University of Madrid in Spain.
UNW-DPAC co-organized and participated in the workshop. The Office Director inaugurated the workshop and participate with a Conference on the "Role of economic and social instruments in drought management: drought tariffs and awareness campaigns", on 7 May.
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 focused 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 discussed strategies and actions on how to incorporate the Ruggie Principles in business. The workshop counted with the participation of business representatives from the water and sanitation sector and other water consuming sectors, as well as other interested companies, governments NGOs, researchers and academics.
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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 discussed 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 was to share knowledge and experiences between countries and international organizations. Participants included UN experts, international and national organisations.
The event also included an International strategic meeting on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities which brought 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 presented the latest global data regarding the status of this issue and discussed key gaps and measures to strengthen monitoring, policy and implementation. In addition, national case studies were presented. The outcomes of the meeting included a Global strategy on WASH in health care facilities and a Global Action Plan for 2014-2024.
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The 7th UN Water Dialogue in Casa Solans provided an opportunity to present and discuss the recommendations of UN-Water for a Global Goal on Water and the specific challenges in Central America in reference to the implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. Participants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic introduced the specific challenges and priorities for action in their countries. For many of them, legal recognition is a reality and represents a unique opportunity for a new wave of water policies. Participants emphasized the importance of participative processes for designing policies and actions and the importance of coherence and coordination, especially given the fact there are many actors, including NGOs, international donors and organizations and local and national actors. Some key activities emerged as priorities such as the need to support changes in national policies (beyond legislation alone) and citizens' awareness-raising of the implications the UN Resolution has on the Human Right to water and sanitation.
Date: 4-7 March 2014
Place: Feria de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Organizers: Feria de Zaragoza
Smagua is an important meeting point for the international water sector, with the presence of world's leading agents. Among the various activities carried out within the framework of this event, the Ibero-American Forum on Water and Irrigation allowed participants get a first-hand view on water and irrigation plans implemented in Latin-America. UNW-DPAC contributed to this forum with the exhibition "Water is life", and on 4 March with the participation in the opening ceremony of Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, who gave a presentation on global water challenges and energy.
Date: January to June 2014
Place: International University of Andalusia, Antonio Machado campus, Baeza (Jaen), Spain
Organizers: The International University of Andalusia and the University of Cordoba
The International University of Andalusia, through its Antonio Machado campus, Baeza (Jaen), and the University of Cordoba are running the 3rd edition of the joint post graduate degree course entitled University Expert in risk management and irrigation communities' management. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, participated in this course on Friday, 24 January 2014, at 18:00 with a presentation on the results of the 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference, 'Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability' which took place in Zaragoza from 13 to 16 January 2014.
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