The purpose of the 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
The Award is open to projects or programmes achieving particularly effective results in the field of water management or in raising awareness in water issues.
The prize is awarded yearly in two categories, one in 'best water management practices' and another in 'best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices'.
This edition's focus is on Water and Energy as World Water Day 2014 is dedicated to this important issue. The application period for the 2014 edition is now closed. The winners in each category will be announced during a special ceremony which will take place on 21 March 2014 on the occasion of the UN celebrations for World Water Day 2014.
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.
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.
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.