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.
31 March 2015 - Water is life, the key to our survival, from the big cities and industrial centers, to small rural farming communities. That is the message portrayed in a new exhibit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
30 March 2015 - The Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 concludes at the end of 2015. An exhibition of the work of the Decade is coming to UN Headquarters from 9 March to 14 April.
30 March 2015 - Video highlighting the winners of the 2015 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award.
30 March 2015 - Water is essential for life on this planet – it is the source and foundation of all living things. The 'Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015) was declared by the General Assembly to further efforts to achieve internationally
30 March 2015 - Statement by Mr. Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of WMO at the High-level Interactive Dialogue on "The International Decade for Action 'Water for Life': Progress achieved and lessons learned for sustainable development".
30 March 2015 - Opening remarks by Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations at the High-level Interactive Dialogue on "The International Decade for Action 'Water for Life': Progress achieved and lessons learned for sustainable development".
30 March 2015 - Statement delivered by H.E. Mr. Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland, on behalf of H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, at the High-level Interactive Dialogue on "The International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015".
January 2015 - Summary of the conference.
29 October 2013 - This edition of the Spanish public radio series “The United Nations in motion” was dedicated to the issue of water and disasters. Josefina Maestu, director of UNW-DPAC, participated in the programme and introduced the work and initiatives of the United Nations in this field.
29 October 2013 - Josefina Maestu, director of UNW-DPAC, participated in this talk show which was dedicated to the international water agenda and the water and energy issue. From min. 36:24 Josefina Maestu talks about the Budapest Water Summit and water on the post-2015 development process and about the conference UNW-DPAC is organizing in Zaragoza on the water and energy issue.
4 October 2013 - Josefina Maestu, Director of the 'Water for Life' Decade's Office, together with the Ambassador of Hungary to Spain, participated in the radio programme from the Spanish National Radio 'Cuarto Mundo' on the occasion of the Budapest Water Summit. Ms. Maestu introduced the Post-2015 process and the role water should play on it.
13 September 2013 - The Millennium Campaign, in collaboration with other UN agencies with offices in Spain and the Spanish Public National Radio, launched the radio programme "Naciones Unidas en marcha" (the United Nations in motion). This weekly programme introduced the daily work of the United Nations in the field on the issues of poverty reduction, human rights, sustainability and humanitarian aid. The programme ran from September 2013 to February 2014, every Monday at 9:15 and 20:15 (CET time) and every Saturday at 17:25 in Radio Exterior and every Tuesday at 10:45 in Radio 5. On 26, 28 and 29 October UNW-DPAC participated in the thematic programme dedicated to water issues.
18 September 2012 - In an interview with the Spanish radio station 'Aragón Radio' Mrs. Josefina Maestu, director of UNW-DPAC, focused on the importance of the post-2015 process and reflected on what comes after the MDGs deadline.
3 July 2012 – In today's interview with the Spanish radio station Gestiona Radio Mrs. Josefina Maestu, director of UNW-DPAC, focused on the Rio+20 Summit and its importance for the global water agenda. "Rio+20 has been a success both in terms of the outcome document and the commitments made (with more than 700)" stated Mrs. Maestu. She highlighted the agreements made by Member States to establish Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and by the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In addition, she emphasized the importance of the outcome document on identifying the green economy as a tool to achieve sustainable development and for taking steps to go beyond Gross Domestic Product.
The importance of strengthening the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and creating a strategy for sustainable development financing, among others, have also been pointed out by the outcome document in its call for a wide range of action. All these are important moves for water, Mrs. Maestu indicated, as they establish a wider international agenda for water. Member States have gone beyond reaffirming commitments made for the MDGs and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), on water and sanitation as a human right, and for the International Decade for Action "Water for Life".
Rio+20 has opened the agenda to work towards universal access to basic water and sanitation services, to move towards the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and to adequately prepare for dramatic events such as floods, droughts and scarcity. Importantly, the agreement on the need to take measures to reduce pollution and improve efficiency can lead to a focus on this in international cooperation, as requested by Member States. "This is very much needed in light of the environmental planetary boundaries", concluded Mrs. Maestu.
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