19.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Meeting discusses commitment on water resources management in Latin America and the Caribbean

© UNESCO/Nelson MuchagataSan Francisco River in Brazil

Tomorrow, 20 June, the meeting with the Latin America and Caribbean national committees of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), starts at 9 a.m., at the Solar da Imperatriz, na Rua Pacheco Leão, Jardim Botânico, Rio de janeiro. The event brings together representatives from 20 countries.

According to Celso Schenkel, Coordinator of UNESCO Natural Sciences Unit in Brazil, "the goal is to articulate a tighter integration between the countries for the management of aquifers-water and groundwater-in cross-border areas." The event will count with the presence of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, Gretchen Kalonji.  

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building. The programme, tailored to Member States’ needs, is implemented in six-year phases – allowing it to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

IHP will continue to promote and lead international hydrological research, facilitate education and capacity development and enhance governance in water resources management. The aim of these efforts is to help meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on environmental sustainability, water supply, sanitation, food security and poverty alleviation.

Contacts to the press:

Ana Lúcia Guimarães, ana.guimaraes(at)unesco.org.br, (61) 2106 3536, 9966 3287
Isabel de Paula, isabel.paula(at)unesco.org.br , (61) 2106 3538, 99626408
Communication and Press Advisory: gcomunicacao(at)unesco.org.br

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