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 News from the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015
  Issue 25. 07 February 2014 
This week in focus  Editor’s note

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Tip of the week

UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation

Tip of the week
In preparation for the Debate of the UN General Assembly, 18-19 February 2014, we offer you a selection of UN publications addressing water-related issues in the Post-2015 agenda.
>> Access to a selection of Post-2015 water-related publications


United Nations General Assembly thematic debate "Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the post 2015 development agenda"

Date: 18-19 February 2014
Place: UN headquarters, New York, USA
Organizers: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)

This UN General Assembly thematic debate, which will include participation of Member States, observers, UN Agencies and representatives of civil society, private sector, and other relevant stakeholders, intends to identify the main water, sanitation and sustainable energy challenges that hinder achievement of the Millennium Development goals (MDGs) and discuss how to tackle these challenges in an integrated manner in the post-2015 agenda with the overarching goal of poverty eradication.

The debate will also address what concrete means (e.g. finance, infrastructure, human capacity, institutional reforms, etc.) governments, their international partners and other stakeholders must undertake to ensure implementation; and how ecosystem approaches, science and technology know‐how, conservation measures and sustainable use can be successfully utilized to increase action at all levels on water, sanitation and sustainable energy.

>> More information >> Debate’s concept notePDF document

In the news Forthcoming events
#Post2015 UN-Water presents a synthesis of key findings and recommendations for a post-2015 global goal for water

UN-Water has presented a paper summarizing key findings and recommendations for a post-2015 global goal for water. The paper, which was approved at the UN-Water meeting on 27 January 2014, is the result of a broad technical consultation process among UN-Water members and partners, as well as a range of other stakeholders and aims to inform, provide advice and recommendations in support to Member States in their decision-making process on the post-2015 development agenda. It proposes a set of potential targets and indicators to support a dedicated global goal for water and contributes towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) consultation process.
>> Download and share the paperPDF document

#WWD2014 Participate in WWD Photo competition! Deadline is 28 February

How would you best illustrate the challenges of water and energy? In preparation for World Water Day 2014 (WWD2014), a photo competition is being held to provide a visual platform for the discussions. Participate and not only win the chance to have your photo displayed during the World Water Day celebrations 20-21 March, Tokyo, Japan, but also help create a visual impact for an issue that affects us all. If you have an eye for an image and want to aid a global issue, get snapping!
>> Submission guidelines >> Participate through Facebook

#DisasterRiskReduction "Code for Resilience Hackathon" launches a call to help reduce disaster risk in Asia

A ’hackathon’ is an event in which innovative software and hardware designers approach disaster risk challenges by working on ’hacks’ using open source software applications, or developing new tools, such as rain gauges outfitted with remote sensing devices. Code for Resilience, a collaborative World Bank initiative, is working with local partners and organizing hackathons in cities across Asia, where high population density and rapid urbanization make communities vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters. Get involved and contribute with your project or sign up for local hackathon events!
>> Code for Resilience website

#EngageHRW 2nd round of e-discussions on realizing the rights to water and sanitation

Date: 10-24 February 2014
Place: Online

The new e-discussion from the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation in preparation for the Human Rights Handbook starts next week. So far, talks have seen varied contributions and opinions relating to general experiences in supporting access to water and sanitation including some of the main challenges of discrimination in service delivery in realizing the rights to water and sanitation. Weeks 3 and 4 (from 10 to 24 February) will focus on how principles of non-discrimination and equality can be incorporated into legislative, policy and regulative frameworks and financing for water and sanitation. The discussion is open to your input, please share and get involved!
>> Join the discussion

#Abidjan2014 17th Congress of the African Water Association

Date: 17-20 February 2014 Place: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Organizers: African Water Association (AfWA)

UN-Water will have a presence at the 17th African Water Association (AfWA) Congress, discussing the topic of "Mobilizing Resources and Governance of Water and Sanitation in Africa". In addition to a booth where information and materials on UN-Water will be provided, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) will organize on 19 February a technical session on "Non-Revenue Water: Strategies for Capacity-Building for Water and Sanitation Utilities".
>> More information
>> Website of the 17th Congress of the African Water Association

#Hydrology 7th Global FRIEND-Water Conference

Date: 24-28 February 2014
Place: Hanoi, Viet Nam
Organizers: UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme in collaboration with other organisations

The Flow Regime from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND)-Water Conference 2014 will focus on the theme "Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions." FRIEND-Water aims to facilitate understanding about how climate, human and river basin factors influence the spatial and temporal distribution of water. The conference will share knowledge on changes in hydrological processes and their impacts and discuss how to develop adaptable water management and water policies to account for these impacts.
>> More information

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  • 10th Symposium of Hydrogeology

The Spanish Association of Hydrogeologists (AEH), which joined the Water for Life Decade’s campaign several months ago, held the 10th Symposium of Hyrdogeology in Granada, Spain from 16 to 18 October 2013. The symposium is a forum in which professionals expose and discuss issues of concern. To this end, the Symposium included a series of presentations and a panel discussion aimed to provide attendees with the newest trends involving water in general and groundwater in particular.
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