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Report of the Secretary-General on the International Year of Water Cooperation

8 May, 2014

The present report provides an overview of the origin, purpose and impact of the activities of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013, called for by the General Assembly in its resolution 65/154, in order to increase and improve water cooperation worldwide in the face of growing pressure on water resources and impacts on societies and nature.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was appointed by UN-Water to coordinate its preparations, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat and with the support of the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development and the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. UNESCO has produced this report on behalf of UN-Water, in consultation with all UN-Water members and partners.