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Michel Jarraud is the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and has been the Chair of UN-Water since 2012. He was nominated among the UN Executive Heads by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon for an initial term of two years. On the demand of the Secretary General, Mr. Jarraud has accepted to serve for a second term as the Chair of UN-Water, until the end of 2015.



"Water, as highlighted in the outcome document of the Rio+20 Summit, “is at the core of sustainable development as it is closely linked to a number of key global challenges." The very cross-cutting nature of water calls for close cooperation and synergies between multiple stakeholders and across various sectors and administrative boundaries, at both national and international levels. UN-Water stands ready to facilitate the discussions on all issues related to water."


Michel Jarraud, 2013




Video messages

Message on UN-Water's Side Event to Present the Technical Advice on a Post-2015 Global Goal for Water.
18 February 2014 - United Nations Headquarters New York, United States

More information on UN-Water's technical advice on water's role in the post-2015 agenda.

Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation | 11-13 September 2013 - Nairobi, Kenya

recent interviews and articles

December 2013

A sustainable future depends on the world’s capacity to address the water and energy nexus
and harness related opportunities
Op-Ed by Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water for the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014


16 August 2013

Peace through water cooperation
Interview with Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water, EarthDesk


22 March 2013

Water can be fought over or shared, but cooperation brings more benefits for all
Contribution by Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water, to Skoll Forum


22 March 2013

En l’absence de coopération entre les usagers de l’eau, cette ressource est en danger,
ainsi que notre sécurité et nos perspectives de développement futur.

Edito de Michel Jarraud, président de ONU-Eau, pour l'Hebdo, édition de mars 2013


16 January 2013

UN-Water at the International Water Summit 2013 in Abu Dhabi
Questions to Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water





Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013
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World Meteorological Organization Headquarters 2012
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High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation,Dushanbe 2013
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Last update:07 Oct 2014