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'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award

5th edition: Water and Sustainable Development

Water for Life and UN-Water logos.The ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award is now accepting nominations for its 5th edition. The application period is open between 4 July and 15 September 2014. The theme is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, which mirrors that of World Water Day 2015.

The ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award aims to acknowledge and promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and related issues by 2015, by recognizing outstanding best practices that can ensure sustainable long-term management of water resources and help achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

The award is managed by the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015/UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), and is awarded yearly in two categories, one in 'best water management practices' and another in 'best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices'.

The ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award is awarded to projects, initiatives or programmes, rather than individuals or organizations. Self-nominations are not accepted. Candidatures must be submitted through an independent nominating organisation.

Do you have any questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section on this site.

Learn how good practices can contribute to great changes

The ‘Water for Life’ Award recognizes those practices which are contributing to the achievement of international commitments made on water and water-related issues on the ground. These practices can serve as an example and a source of inspiration for others. The Award includes the production of a video on each of the winning best practice categories. We hope these videos will be used as tools for reflection and change, so please feel free to use and share them.

Water: our life, our future.

Water: our life, our future

October 2013. South Africa

The Municipality of eThekwini, Durban, South Africa, won the category 2 ‘Best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practice’ 1st edition of ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award with the initiative ‘A Participatory and Learning Based Approach to Raising Awareness on Water and Sanitation’. This video presents the different components of the initiative and explains what worked and what didn’t when trying to improve access to clean water and sanitation in the municipality.

Bringing the las Piñas-Zapote River in The Philippines back to life.

Bringing the las Piñas-Zapote River in The Philippines back to life

March 2014. The Philippines

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 video 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.