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 News from the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015
  Issue 09. 12 July 2013 
This week in focus  Editor’s note

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>> Submit your application to the ’Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

The application period runs until 15 September 2013 and the focus of this edition is on water and energy.


High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation

Date: 20-21 August 2013
Place: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organizers: Government of Tajikistan in collaboration with UN agencies

The main objective of this Conference is to contribute to the improvement of water cooperation, in particular at transboundary level, by promoting successful policies, best practices and wider public participation, and encouraging policy makers to promote water cooperation at all levels in order to achieve internationally agreed goals on water. The conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss and develop new measures aimed at accelerating efforts towards the MDGs and recommendations for further action after 2015.

The conference will address the main following themes: Water cooperation for human development; Water cooperation for economic benefits; Water cooperation for ecosystems; Water cooperation across boundaries; and a series of cross-cutting issues, including: Water cooperation and gender; Water cooperation and capacity-building; Water cooperation and sectoral synergies; Triggers and catalysts to water cooperation.

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In the news Forthcoming events
#Urbanization New strategies needed as rapid urbanization threatens sustainable development - UN report

Without fresh ideas to address rapid urbanization, the number of people living in slums lacking access to basic infrastructure and services such as sanitation, electricity, and health care may skyrocket from one billion at present to three billion by 2050, the United Nations reports. That wake up call is one of several alarm bells sounded in the UN World Economic and Social Survey 2013, which was launched on 2 July in Geneva and which focuses this year on sustainable development and the challenges facing its economic, social and environmental dimensions.

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#SustainableDevelopment General Assembly sets up new UN forum to boost sustainable development efforts

On 9 July the General Assembly established a new High-level Political Forum, which will replace the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, to boost efforts to tackle global economic, social and environmental challenges. The new body is tasked with providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development; reviewing progress in the implementation of related commitments; and enhancing integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

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#UNWaterCountryBriefs UN-Water Country Briefs now available online!

The UN-Water Country Briefs present in a visual way the critical importance of water investments for human and economic development, with the intention to foster stronger interventions on water-related issues by policy makers dealing with peace and security, infrastructure investments, agricultural, health, education and environmental issues, as well as macro- and micro-economic perspectives. The briefs provide information on total water withdrawal by sector; water-related investment; the impact for development of irrigated agriculture, hydropower, water use in industry, the state of the environment, the situation of drinking water supply and sanitation, water-related disasters; and the water governance framework, among others. The country briefs produced to date present the situation in 13 countries, including: Bangladesh, Chile, the Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Oman, Philippines, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.

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#Desertification Participate in the UNCCD photo contest!

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) photo contest looks for pictures that communicate powerfully about the problems and solutions to land degradation. The goal is to show the changing relations between people and their land and soil; raise public awareness about the different sides of desertification, land degradation and drought, encourage the public and policy-makers to act, especially promoting sustainable land use practices; and to show the benefits of managing lands and soils properly. Participate! The application period is open until 25 July 2013.

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#Experts Call for experts for WHO’s activities on water quality and health

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking experts to provide input into guideline revision, evidence review and development of derivative documents for the WHO guidelines on drinking-water, wastewater and recreational water. Experts are invited to submit their expression of interest by 9 August 2013.

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#Water&Business Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Date: 19 September 2013 Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, USA
Organizer: CEO Water Mandate

This side event, which will coincide with the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on September 19-20, will advance the CEO Water Mandate’s ongoing discussions regarding water and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. This session will further explore and unpack the prospective role of business in advancing potential policy objectives relating to increased access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services; improved water resources management and governance; efficient water use; and pollution reduction.

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#WorldWaterWeek UN-Water agenda at World Water Week

Date: 1-6 September 2013
Place: Stockholm, Sweden

This year the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, will address the theme "Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships" in reflection of World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation. UN-Water will jointly organize and contribute to a series of seminars and events and will also expect you throughout the week at the UN-Water Pavilion in the exhibition area. Some of the events organized include:
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Thursday 5 September

From the Decade’s Programmes
#Water&Media Summary of the debate at 6th Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

The summary of the debate of session ’Water in a Changing World of Growth Opportunities’, organized by UNW-DPAC at 6th Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, is now available online.

>> Summary of session PDF document >> More news from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)

Latest videos

Nigeria: Sanitation
Martin Dewaun Ayoo’s village Iorduu has recently become open defecation free. This means it has gone through a process called "community led total sanitation" in which each family builds their own latrine from local materials and commits to good sanitation practices.

>> Videos accessible from the UN water video library

You make the Decade! Who has joined the Water Decade campaign?

  • Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory (SDG e-Inventory)

The Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory is an initiative developed by the Stakeholder Forum. The SDG e-Inventory aims to provide all stakeholders with a means of inputting into the intergovernmental process on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as help stakeholders become better informed about the wide range of proposals that currently exist for global goals.

  • Les bleus de l’eau

Art continuel is a group of multidisciplinary women artists who organize art exhibition on topics related to United Nations’ concerns, such as peace, poverty and tolerance. For the Water Decade, a group of artists composed a set of paintings related to water "Les bleus de l’eau" which will be exhibited from July 2013 until the end of 2015 in different exhibition halls in Quebec, Canada.
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  • Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)

Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) is a global alliance of women’s civil society organisations and networks that have the joint objective of contributing to universal access to water and adequate sanitation by using women’s collective strengths and social capital. Women’s groups at all levels and from different sectors in society are reinforced and enabled to develop and monitor projects, influence policies and take part in decision making at different levels. WfWP has joined the joined the ’Water for Life’ Decade by promoting it through their website and relevant publications.

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