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21.08.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

World Water Week, a prelude to the International Year of Water Cooperation

UN Photo/Martine Perret - Water scarcity can lead to both drought and desertification as well as instigate conflict in communities and between countries

UNESCO will contribute to World Water Week— Stockholm 26 to 31 August—with the presentation of several publications and the organization of various events. On this occasion, UNESCO and UN Water will also unveil the general thrust of the International Year of Water Cooperation (2013).

Activities to be implemented in 2013 will be presented during a workshop organized by UN-Water and UNESCO on 27 August (3.45—6.45 p.m.). The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2013 as International Year of Water Cooperation in 2010 following a proposal made by Tadjikistan and UN-Water has asked UNESCO to organize events for the Year.

Also during World Water Week, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)* will host two major events: Green Accounting, with a Focus on World Water Scenarios for Our Future (26 August, 2—5.30 p.m.) and Lessons from the World Water Development Report 4 (27 August, 5.45—6.45). The most recent World Water Report was presented at the World Forum in Marseille (France) in March 2012.

Carbon and Water Footprints, a publication issued by the WWAP, will be the subject of another presentation. The study traces the origins of the concepts of carbon and water footprints and compares the two.

WWAP will also present a summary of the World Water Development Report during the Week, as well as two other publications: Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources and Water and Sustainability: A Review of Targets, Tools and Regional Cases, a joint publication undertaken with UNESCO.

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week takes place every year in the Swedish capital. With a programme of debates and other events, it brings together stakeholders from all over the world so as to promote their reinforcement of capacities, the establishment of partnerships and follow up on international processes and programmes concerning water and development.

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* The World Water Assessment Programme was created at the initiative of the United Nations system and its secretariat is hosted by UNESCO.

Media contact: Sue Williams, s.williams(at)unesco.org, tel :+33 (0) 1 45 68 17 06

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