Decade's logo

1. Design

Water for Life Decade Logo

The Water for Life Decade Logo depicts a fountain of water painted in dark blue. The fountain consists of two cupped hands rising out from an ocean of water represented by two horizontal broad wavy lines. In a point-line style the water streams out of the fountain in both directions, portraying water that is harnessed 'for Life'. The words "Water for Life 2005-2015" appear below the artwork.

The Water for life decade logo is available in the six official United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The Water for Life decade logo might be subject to national variations. A national variation of the logo should maintain the core design, but may add, to top or bottom, the name of the country (or a city or locality within that country) and/or a slogan judged appropriate to the Decade and suitable in the national or local context.

2. Uses of the logo

The Water for Life decade logo is primarily intended for three kinds of promotional use: information, fundraising and use by a commercial entity, as outlined below:

2.1. Information uses of the logo

Information uses of the logo are those which are:

  • Primarily illustrative
  • Not intended to raise funds; and
  • Not carried out by a commercial entity

All entities interested in using the Water Decade logo for information purposes should apply for approval to the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC).

When requesting approval, the entities should provide:

  • A short statement of identity (membership, objectives, etc.);
  • An explanation of how and where the logo will be used.

Before the logo is used for information purposes, a waiver of liability (please see text below) in accordance with section 3 below must be signed by the entity requesting to use the logo.

2.2. Fundraising uses of the logo

Fundraising uses of the logo are those intended to raise resources to cover costs of activities for the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’, 2005-2015. Fundraising uses of the logo may be undertaken only by non-commercial entities.

All entities interested in using the Water for Life Decade logo for fundraising purposes should apply for approval to the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). When requesting permission to use the logo for fundraising purposes, the entities should provide:

  • A short statement of identity (membership, objectives, etc.);
  • An explanation of how and where the logo will be used;
  • An explanation of how the fundraising will take place;
  • A summary budget; and
  • An explanation of how the proceeds would be allocated to cover costs of activities for the International Water for Life Decade 2005-2015.

Before the logo is used for fundraising purposes, a waiver of liability in accordance with section 3 below must be signed by the entity requesting to use the logo.

2.3. Uses of the logo by a commercial entity

The uses of the logo by commercial entities are all those undertaken by or involving commercial entities, as well as any use intended to lead to commercial or personal profit.

All commercial entities interested in using the Water for Life Decade logo should apply for approval to the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). When requesting permission to use the logo, the entities should explain:

  • The nature of the company or enterprise;
  • The proposed uses of the logo;
  • The names of countries/territories where the logo will be used;
  • The nature of products/services that the entity produces/sells in those areas;
  • How the products relate to disseminating the messages behind the International Water for Life Decade 2005-2015;
  • What profits the entity is expected to make from the use of the logo; and
  • A summary budget, giving the expenses and any proposed royalties or contributions the entity is expected to make to local, national or international activities for the preparations of the International Water for Life Decade 2005-2015 or in favour of implementation of the activities of the International Water for Life Decade 2005-2015.

Before the logo is used by a commercial entity, a contract must be signed with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). In particular, such contracts must include provisions concerning the waiver of liability in accordance with section 3 below. Such contracts must also provide the detailed terms and conditions concerning the use of the logo, including the details of the information enumerated above. Additionally, such contracts must contain the United Nations General Conditions of Contract.

3. Liability

All entities authorized to use the Water for Life Decade’s logo for the purposes specified herein must agree to the following provisions on waiver of liability:

  • The entity is responsible for ensuring that the activities are carried out in accordance with the applicable law and for ensuring that the appropriate insurance is maintained to cover the risks arising out of such activities;
  • The United Nations does not assume any responsibility for the activities of the undersigned; and
  • The entity shall hold harmless and defend the United Nations and its officials against any action that may be brought against the United Nations or its officials as a result of the use of the logo.

When the logo is used for information and fundraising purposes, the waiver of liability form must be signed by the entity.

When the logo is used by a commercial entity, the above provisions on waiver of liability must be incorporated into a contract to be signed by the entity.

All duly signed waiver-of-liability forms and contracts must be received by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) before the proposed activities are carried out.

4. Inquiries

UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)
Casa Solans
Avenida Cataluña, 60 50014 Zaragoza, Spain Fax: +34 976 42 33 72
Email: water-decade@un.org

5. Waiver of liability for the use of the Logo of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

Please send your waiver of liability duly signed to UNW-DPAC by Fax: +34 976 42 33 72 or preferably as an attachment by email to water-decade@un.org

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