Events and celebrations will take place throughout the year on the theme of water cooperation.

This will include official and milestone events as well as many other events organized by various stakeholders around the world. If you are organizing an event during the International Year of Water Cooperation or for World Water Day, do not forget to register it online!

Such events will seek to promote actions at all levels in relevant areas including education, culture, gender, sciences, conflict prevention and resolution, as well as ethics, among others.

UN-Water Annual Conference in Zaragoza - Water Cooperation, Making it Happen!

8-10 January 2013 | Zaragoza, Spain

In the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation, the UN-Water Conference in Zaragoza will focus on effective ways to make cooperation happen in the water domain. It will in particular identify the best approaches to promote effective cooperation at different levels, and reflect on how to 'do better' in water cooperation. The conference will look at critical factors of success, challenges, and barriers based on cases of effective cooperation.

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Launch Ceremony of the International Year

11 February 2013 | UNESCO HQ - Paris, France

A high level event was held at UNESCO HQ to kick-start the International Year of Water Cooperation. During this event, the winner of our slogan contest was announced, and the official slogan for Water Cooperation 2013 was adopted in the presence of the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova.

Children and youth participated in parallel activities on the International Year of Water Cooperation at UNESCO HQ and in the Pavillion de l’Eau of Paris, respectively. The later prepare a Youth Declaration on water cooperation, which they presented to the participants of the high level event.

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World Water Day

The WWD represents a culminating event within the International Year.
Celebrations and events will take place around the world on the theme of water cooperation. Two main events will also take place in The Hague, The Netherlands and at the UN Headquarters in New York.

22 March 2013 | The Hague, The Netherlands

Official celebrations and a High Level Forum will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands. The programme of the day includes inspirational speeches, presentations, panel and thematic discussions, and a series of public shows on the theme of water cooperation.

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22 March 2013 - United Nations Headquarter in New York , USA

A High-Level Interactive Dialogue of the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly will also be convened in New York on 22 March 2013 to mark the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation and the twentieth anniversary of the proclamation of World Water Day. 

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A High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation

20-21 August 2013 | Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The Conference aims to spur water cooperation, in particular at transboundary level, through the promotion of successful policies and best practices, wider public participation, and the encouragement of policy makers to support water cooperation at all levels to achieve internationally agreed goals on water.
The Conference also gives an opportunity to discuss and develop new measures to accelerate the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and recommendations for further actions after 2015, including contribution to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water.

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World Water Week

1-6 September 2013 | Stockholm, Sweden

The World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together 2,500 experts, practitioners, decision-makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions. In 2013, the World Water Week will be held under the theme “Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships”.

On this occasion, UN-Water, UNESCO and SIWI invited the participants to add their piece to the Giant Puzzle of Water Cooperation throughout the week.
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An original theatrical representation of the world's surreal, and as yet, unsolved dilemmas surrounding water security, water governance and water cooperation was also presented by UNESCO-IHP and UN-Water.
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Budapest Water Summit

8-11 October 2013 | Budapest, Hungary

Building on Hungary’s achievements during its Presidency of the EU in 2011, the Hungarian Government selected the issue of water as its top priority in the run up to and at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. To follow up the conclusions of the Conference Mr János Áder, the President of Hungary, announced in Rio de Janeiro Hungary’s intention to organise a major international water event (Budapest World Water Summit) in October 2013. With the participation of UN Member States, competent UN agencies and bodies as well as all concerned economic and social partners the Summit aims to contribute to the elaboration of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals and provide concrete guidance on the most pressing water issues – drinking water, sanitation, waste water treatment, integrated water management, international water cooperation, innovative water technologies – with a view to defining the priorities of global development policy post 2015.

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Closing Ceremony of the International Year

5-6 December 2013 | Mexico City, Mexico

The Closing Ceremony of the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation will be held in Mexico City, United Mexican States, on 5 and 6 December 2013. This ceremony will provide a synthesis of the major achievements of the International Year, explore modalities to further foster water cooperation and set the agenda for the follow-up of the International Year.
The Closing Ceremony is organized by UNESCO, on behalf of UN-Water, with the support of the Government of Mexico through the National Water Commission (CONAGUA). It includes high-level panels on the global perspectives of water security and cooperation, as well as on the milestone events and UN activities that took place during the Year. A discussion on the messages of the International Year will also be held and the ceremony will conclude with the spotlight on the way ahead, including a focus on water in the preparations for the post-2015 Development Agenda.

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