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

Travelling to Zaragoza


Flights to and from Zaragoza can either be direct (with Ryanair) via Brussels, London (Stansted), Milan, Ibiza, Bucharest or Paris (Beauvais) or via Madrid or Barcelona.

>> Additional information on airlines and destinations from Zaragoza airport

From the airport of Madrid or Barcelona to the AVE Train Station

Please be aware that travelling from the airport to the train stations in the city center of Madrid or Barcelona can take over an hour in both cases.

Madrid Airport to Madrid Train Station
From the Barajas airport in Madrid to the High Speed Train (AVE) station (Atocha Station) you can:

  • Take a taxi approximate cost: 30 Euros –fixed price including luggage- (one way).
  • Use the commuter train service which departs from Terminal 4: Renfe Commuter Train service.
  • Use the EMT public bus express service, which is available 24 hours. Travel time is about 40 minutes depending on traffic. You can buy your ticket from the driver (5,00 Euros) but they can accept cash only. Additional information is available at the EMT Bus Express website.

Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Train Station
There is a direct train service from Barcelona airport to Sants Train Station. This service runs every 30 min and it takes around 25 min to Sants train station. If you are arriving into Terminal 1 you will need to take a free shuttle bus from the terminal to the train station, where you can buy your ticket. A single ticket costs 3.60 Euros.

Trains from Madrid and Barcelona to Zaragoza

There are connections to Zaragoza (Delicias Train Station) by High Speed Train (AVE) both from Barcelona (Sants Station) and Madrid (Puerta de Atocha Station). The journey from Madrid to Zaragoza takes about 1.5 hours. The journey from Barcelona to Zaragoza takes about 1.5 hours.

>> Additional information on schedules and prices from Renfe website

Buses from Madrid and Barcelona to Zaragoza

You can also take a bus from Barcelona or Madrid to Zaragoza (Delicias station). The buses run almost every hour and cover the 300 km distance in 3h30min. Visit the Alsa website Alsa website for additional information. The bus from Madrid departs from the Airport so you may find this a more convenient option all together.

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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