Sweden: Water for Peace or conflict: Prospects for improved water cooperation
2013 is declared the International Year of Water Cooperation by the United Nations, which has called upon UNESCO to lead the International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular because of the UNESCO's unique multidisciplinary approach which blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. During the Spring session of the Executive Board for UNESCO, Sweden and UNESCO organized a seminar under the heading "Water for Peace or Conflict? - prospects for improved water cooperation"
The seminar attracted an audience from all corners of the world clearly demonstrating how pertinent the topic is. After introductions by the panelists, Ms Gretchen Kalonij, ADG for Natural Sciences in UNESCO, Mr Anders Jägerskog, Director, Stockholm International Water Institute and Mr Teferra Beyene, Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, the moderator and Sweden’s candidate for the UNESCO executive board Ms Amelie von Zweigbergk opened the floor for questions and debate. An active audience suggested possible areas for co-operations and warmly welcomed the Swedish proposal for a UNESCO Category II International Centre on Water cooperation in Stockholm. The Executive Board will decide on the proposed center during the Spring session and a recommendation will be forwarded to the General Conference this autumn.
The seminar will be followed up during the World Water Week in Stockholm, September 2013, which will be inaugurated by the General Director for UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova.
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