2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action. 15-17 January 2015

Objectives and expected outcomes

The Zaragoza Conference will focus on the tools for implementation stated in the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012, entitled "The future we want", which includes finance, technology and capacity building, adding the institutional and legal dimensions.

Member States have considered the importance of technology, financing, capacity development, as well as institutional issues to progress towards the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.


The overall aims of the Zaragoza Conference are:

  • To identify the specific pending issues that need to be tackled in relation to the main implementation challenges related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Water Resources Management; Water Quality; and Risks;
  • To analyze the main opportunities and challenges for the different means of implementation to advance the post-2015 agenda;
  • To showcase how the different means of implementation can promote the necessary transformative change. This will be illustrated through specific practical examples on the use of the tools to facilitate changes that have been successful;
  • To make proposals on the role of different actors and how they can contribute, specifically Business, Governments (including local governments), civil society, academia, and media;
  • To draw lessons on differentiated responsibilities, appropriateness and transferability of different tools and approaches in different contexts but also on issues of scaling up and transitioning.
  • To analyze how lessons learned by the UN during the International Decade for Action can be used in the post-2015 agenda, specifically in relation to water cooperation, and women engagement.


The Conference will do so by:

  • Analyzing and evaluating the existing use of tools and the main challenges;
  • Providing a platform for exchange of experiences and dialogue: inter-disciplinary, inter-scale, and inter-generational between the academia, international organizations, NGOs, public and private sectors;
  • Drawing conclusions on lessons from existing experience and the way forward for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

Expected outcomes

In terms of sustainability, renewable energy technologies are very important because they are based on renewable sources instead of finite sources such as fossil fuels.

The expected outcomes from the Conference are:

  • A toolkit for implementation;
  • Learning and knowledge exchange among Conference participants through interdisciplinary discussions;
  • A series of documented case studies, video interviews, information briefs and other materials for World Water Day 2015;
  • A Conference report, including lessons from the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’.

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About the Conference

>> Conveners and partners
>> Objectives and expected outcomes
>> Conference flyerPDF Document
>> AgendaPDF Document
>> StructurePDF Document
>> ParticipantsPDF Document


>> Accommodation
>> Travelling to Zaragoza
>> Your stay in Zaragoza
>> Map

The vision

>> Rio+20
>> Water and sustainable development
>> Global commitments on water
>> A post-2015 global goal for water
>> Water and the Open Working Group (OWG)
>> The role of actors involved

The action

>> Capacity development
>> Financing and economic instruments
>> Governance frameworks
>> Technology

Action on…

>> Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
>> Water Resources Management
>> Water Quality
>> Risk management

14 January: Pre-Conference Side events and Technical Visits

>> Technical visit: La Cartuja
>> Technical visit: The Ebro River Basin Authority and its Automatic System for Hydrologic Information (SAIH)
>> Technical visit: Expo + Water Park
>> New sources: Wastewater reuse
>> Local level actions in decentralized water solidarity towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
>> Water Footprint Assessment
>> Technological advances and Water Policy
>> Cultivando Agua Boa Programme
>> CODIA and water and energy in LAC
>> The fulfillment of the human right to water and sanitation

15 January: Setting the scene and the context

>> Achieving sustainable water for all in LAC
>> Achieving water security for Asia and the Pacific
>> Ensuring implementation of the water-related SDGs in Europe
>> Setting the scene

16 January: Whose action?

>> Academia
>> Business
>> Civil society
>> Governments and local authorities
>> Media and Communicators

17 January: Integrating knowledge and the way forward

>> Multi-stakeholder dialogue on tools for implementation


>> Cases
>> Conference daily
>> Conference Communications ReportPDF Document
>> Discussion forum
>> Information briefs on Water and Sustainable Development
>> Interviewing conference participants
>> Overview Papers
>> Presentations from participants
>> Session Reports
>> Tool Papers
>> Toolbox
>> Twitter Activity Report
>> Video recording of sessions
>> Video interviews with conference participants

Promotional materials

>> Conference banners
>> Conference posterPDF document