12.03.2012 - ODG

Irina Bokova launches UN World Water Development Report in Marseille

At the launch of the UN World Water Development Report in Marseille, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova highlighted water as the common denominator of most global challenges. “Water is crucial for agriculture and nutrition, it is essential for food security, it is vital for health, it is needed in all processes to produce electricity or energy,” said the Director-General.

The Director-General underlined the great potential in women as they stand at the heart of sustainable water management, saying “the report shows how supporting and training women to manage and control water resources can change the life of an entire community”.

This 4th World Water Report was launched by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Chair of UN-Water Michel Jarraud at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille (France) on 12 March. The Forum, held once every three years since 1997, was opened by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Its objective is to address water related challenges that our world is facing and to place water high on all political agendas.

The Director-General also participated in a side event entitled “Water Resources and Gender Equality: what is the link?” where she focused on the challenges women face and their vital role. Irina Bokova called for new leadership on freshwater saying “this leadership must bring together all actors involved in using and managing water (…) it must acknowledge, integrate and strengthen the roles of women”.




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