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>> United Nations in motion: water and disastersin Spanish

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.

>> Gestiona Radio Talk Showin Spanish

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.

>> Cuarto mundo - The Budapest Water Summit: for water governance and sustainability

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.

The radio programme "Naciones Unidas en marcha" highlights the day-to-day work of the United Nations in pursuit of a more sustainable, fair and supportive world

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.

>> Access the radio programme "Naciones Unidas en marcha" Available in Spanish
>> Access the programme dedicated to water issuesAvailable in Spanish


>> Interview with Josefina Maestu on the post-2015 period (from min. 33:27)

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.

>> Interview with Josefina Maestu on water at Rio+20

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.

>> Radio interview in Spanish