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March 28, 2013

World Water Day 2013: recognition of outcomes of the water consultation

The High Level Forum assembled in The Hague on World Water Day 2013 discussed water cooperation as an essential means to achieve a water secure world and recognized the key outcomes and recommendations of the Thematic Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as presented in the advance summary of the consultation's synthesis report. The synthesis report will soon be available for public comment and will provide a comprehensive view of the outcomes of the consultation.

High Level Forum Outcome Statement
Advanced summary of the Thematic Consultation on Water's synthesis report

Water Security Analytical Brief

Defining "water security" to initiate the dialogue in the UN system

This new UN-Water Analytical Brief on Water Security and the Global Water Agenda proposes a working definition of water security developed from contributions made by the broad range of organizations, agencies, programmes and institutions that form UN-Water. It is intended to serve as a starting point for dialogue on water security in the UN system. The Brief, produced by UN-Water Task Force on Water Security, aims to capture the dynamic and constantly evolving dimensions of water and water-related issues, and offers a holistic outlook for addressing water challenges through the umbrella of water security.

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UN-Water 'Water for Life' Best Practices Award 2013 goes to Japan and the Republic of Moldova

The 2013 edition of the award has been given during World Water Day celebrations in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 22 March to two outstanding initiatives. Category 1 on 'best water management practices' has been awarded to a project focusing on groundwater management using the system of nature in the Japanese city of Kumamoto and Category 2 on 'best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices' has been awarded to a project promoting safe water and sanitation for all in the Republic of Moldova.

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Watch out for UN-Water Country Briefs

Coming out in June 2013

The UN-Water Country Briefs are currently under production and an initial series of 13 Briefs is expected in June 2013. The Briefs will allow to better visualize the critical importance of investments in water for human and economic development, with the intention to foster increased political momentum and mobilize increased financial and institutional investments directed to water–related interventions. Countries covered in this phase of the project are Bangladesh, Chile, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Oman, Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zambia.

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UNW-AIS: UN-Water's web platform to share information on its water-related projects and learning initiatives, as well as those of its Members and Partners.

  • New UN-Water initiative on Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies

    Information including the results of a questionnaire, video/photo and other background materials are now available.

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  • New project data sets on Transboundary Waters

    UNW-AIS now offers information on more than 500 transboundary water projects.

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  • Learning: Spate Irrigation Systems

    E-lectures on Spate Irrigation Systems are now available in the UNW-AIS.

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Latest publications

Every two months, the UNW-DPAC Bimonthly Publications Review brings you the latest publications produced by United Nations agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation.

Upcoming events

• Aug: Dushanbe High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation

• 1-6 Sep: World Water Week in Stockholm

• 8-11 Oct: Budapest Water Summit

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Photos of World Water Day celebrations from around the world!

Events took place around the world on 22 March. Thank you for sharing photos of your events and activities celebrating World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation. We love them!

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