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 one 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 World Water Day 2014.