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Task Forces

The work of UN-Water is organized around Thematic Priority Areas and Task Forces. Each one is coordinated by one or more Member(s) and engages Members, Partners and Programmes.

Task Forces are time-bound and cover areas where UN-Water Members have identified specific activities to be implemented.

 

They currently include:

 

The Task Force on Country-level Coordination was established in 2007 to explicitly address how UN-Water operates at the country level. This decision was in line with the recommendations made in the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence: "Delivering as One".

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Since its creation in 2003 UN-Water has successfully implemented many work programmes. These have, to a large extent, been focused at the global or national level. In 2009, UN-Water created the Task Force to improve the coordination of UN-Water agencies in Africa as well as in other regions, to facilitate inter-agency information exchange and incorporate more effectively the regional dimension into the global initiatives.

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The international community has been having some difficulty in agreeing to a definition and description of water security that would suit everyone's perspectives, and often, vested interests. UN-Water Task Force on Water Security was created to address the definitional gap in a systematic manner to respond to the increasing importance placed on water security and the international recognition by the United Nations General Assembly of the individual need for water to ensure human security.

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The Task Force was established as a vehicle to prepare the status report on advances in water resources management as requested by the Commission on Sustainable Development in 2008 for submission to the UN Rio+20 Conference in June 2012; and propose a structure for permanent monitoring and reporting. 

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The Task Force has been established to make available to water operators the wealth of open-source products and resources from the UN system – publications, toolkits, experiences, training courses, knowledge - to strengthen their capacities, especially in poor countries and in regions with a lack of systematic exchange of know-how and expertise. 

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The Task Force was established to assist governments make optimal use of wastewater while protecting ecosystem services. The Task Force aims to highlight issues related to wastewater management, increase awareness of national and local governments of the benefits of investing in wastewater management, and strengthen UN System collaboration on related activities.

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Last update:07 Oct 2014