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

Your stay in Zaragoza

Visiting Zaragoza

Zaragoza, the capital city of Aragón province in Spain, stands on the banks of the Ebro River. Its streets and small squares conceal a splendid array of monumental Roman and Mudejar architecture.

You can find useful tourist information about Zaragoza from the Zaragoza City Council website.


Although winter is the coldest time of the year in Zaragoza, temperatures generally remain well above freezing. Ground frosts are infrequent and amongst the fresh, overcast days, many fine clear skies and sunny weather can be expected. However, be aware of wind chill days which can low temperatures 4-5ºC.

>> Visit the Spanish Meteorological Office for weather forecast

Visa arrangements

Participants are responsible for obtaining appropriate entry visas to Spain, if required by Spanish Authorities. Please ask the Spanish Embassies or visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The official invitation letter and the Agenda may be used for visa purposes. The Secretariat of the conference remains at your disposal to provide administrative support if needed. Please contact Ms. Monica Garcés, phone +34-976 72 4220.


Zaragoza is a very safe city, even at night. However, we would expect all participants to take the appropriate measures and be responsible for their own security, as recommended by the United Nations. We also advice you carry a copy of your Identification Card or passport at all times during your stay in Zaragoza.

Foreign exchange

The currency in Spain is the European Euro (€). We strongly recommend that you exchange your money at the airport or train station as currency exchange services may not be available at your arrival time. Local taxis, public transport, and restaurants will not accept any other currency.

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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