Date: 8 March 2014
For over 100 years, the role of women in society has been celebrated on 8 March. During this time, shifting political, cultural and ethical challenges have been tackled and women have achieved great advances in securing their human rights and dignity. The International Decade for Action, "Water for Life" 2005-2015, calls for women's participation and involvement in water-related development efforts. Women can be powerful agents of change: with the same access to productive resources as men, including water, women could increase yield on their farms by 20-30% and help lift 150 million people out of hunger. Research also demonstrates women can increase the effectiveness of water projects up to 6 or 7 times. In the recent UN General Assembly thematic debate on Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda the UN General Assembly President, John Ashe, announced six post-2015 sustainable development initiatives, with a specific focus on the contributions of Women to the Post-2015 Development Goals.
There is a lot women can contribute to solve water problems but we still have a lot to do to ensure their involvement. Please use this day to remember, consider and involve the women and girls that spend up to 6 hours, every day, fetching water and can be harassed or assaulted when carrying water. Use the Twitter hashtag #1woman to spread your message.
6 March 2014 - Every two months, the UNW-DPAC Bimonthly Publications Review brings you the latest publications produced by United Nations agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation. The 20th edition contains 26 publications on a variety of topics including: the Post-2015 process, river basin case studies, guidance manuals, information briefs, tool kits and many more. For useful technical, research or media reference download the bi-monthly now and access the electronic version of these publications from the UN-Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation.
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3 March 2014 - Demand for energy production will increase significantly in coming decades, especially in emerging economies. This may have a negative impact on water resources unless the management and coordination between both domains is dramatically improved. This is one of the key findings of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2014 (WWDR), which will be launched in Tokyo (Japan) on 21 March, World Water Day. The Report is under embargo until 21 March. Advance access is available to the media on demand.
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25 February 2014 - The post-2015 agenda for water will be decided upon in 2015! The 2015 UN-Water International Zaragoza will kick off the year discussing the agenda ahead and its implementation. In preparation for World Water Day 2015, which will focus on ‘water and sustainable development,’ more than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives from business communities, governmental and non-governmental organizations will meet to discuss the steps towards a sustainable post-2015 agenda. The Conference will deal with some of the main implementation challenges related to the five main targets recommended by the UN-Water synthesis document on a Global Goal for Water "Securing Sustainable Water for All"
>> Download the Conference leaflet
23 February 2014 - During the African Ministerial Conference on Green Economy which took place from 22 to 23 February in Oran, Algeria, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, told regional leaders of the need to place value on natural resources. Mr Steiner said "An inclusive green economy has the potential to improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities." The conference intended to involve the international community in forming a new Post-2015 development agenda to succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
>> Read Achim Steiners full address
>> UN News press release
20 February 2014 - The UN-Water side event organized during the UN General Assembly thematic debate on Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda presented the results of a year-long expert consultation among UN-Water’s 31 UN system Members and 36 international partners. The synthesis report suggested a global goal with five measurable and interlinked targets and was well received by participants, including Member States.
>> Summary of side event
>> Download synthesis of key findings and recommendations for a post-2015 global goal for water
20 February 2014 - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with freshwater availability in the region expected to drop by 50 per cent by 2050. FAO’s warning comes as ministers of agriculture and national officials prepare to tackle the issue at a meeting of the organization’s highest regional governing body beginning next Monday.
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19 February 2014 - United Nations officials warned of the importance of the water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises amidst the World’s imminent development challenges during the UN General Assembly debate that urged Member States to initiate integrated policies and innovative strategies in response to these issues. The Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon emphasized the importance of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene stating that they “must feature prominently in the post-2015 development agenda.” In addition, the effects of climate change on the water, sanitation and energy nexus were brought into question, in response the UN Secretary General intends to convene a climate Summit on 23 September for global leaders.
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>> Statements by country representatives and UN Deputy Secretary-General
>> Video recording of Opening segment and Panel 1 “The water and sanitation challenge”
>> Video recording of Panel 2 “The sustainable energy challenge”
>> Video recording of Panel 3 The water-energy nexus
>> Post 2015 Water Thematic Consultation Report
>> Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
>> UN-Water section on water in the post-2015 process
>> UN post-2015 agenda
>> The World We Want: water thematic consultation
>> DESA section on Post-2015
>> JMP Water Consultative Process
>> Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory
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