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

The action: Technology

The "The future we want" Rio+20 outcome document emphasizes the importance of technology transfer to developing countries and recalls the provisions on technology transfer, finance, access to information and intellectual property rights as agreed in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation,PDF document in particular its call to promote, facilitate and finance, as appropriate, access to and the development, transfer and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies and corresponding know-how, in particular to developing countries, on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed.

Green technologies have the potential to create new business opportunities, markets and jobs. They can boost resource efficiency and contribute to achieving the development goals. Innovative water technologies can increase the amount of water available for drinking, agriculture, and manufacturing and can allow us to use water more efficiently. This can be done by technologies in areas such as water resource assessment, reduction of water losses, wastewater treatment, efficiency of water utilities, bio technologies and others.

Technology development – if combined with public awareness – can also contribute to increased conservation, reuse and recycling, and greater efficiency in most water using sectors, particularly agriculture. This can enhance overall poverty reduction and socio-economic development.

In this context, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation are central since they can reduce the costs of existing environmentally sustainable technologies and deliver the new technologies that are needed to advance efforts to achieve the international water agenda. In both developed and developing economies, innovation plays a critical role in generating employment; enhancing productivity and growth; increasing energy, carbon, water and material efficiency; improving performance of goods and services and creating new markets and jobs through knowledge creation and diffusion.

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The vision

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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


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