05.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

International Year of Water Cooperation 2013

To increase the cooperation on water issues and highlight the challenges facing water resources management, in December 2010 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the year 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation (A/RES/65/154). In August 2011 UNESCO was officially appointed by UN-Water to lead the preparations for this International Year and the World Water Day (22 March) in 2013. In this regard, UNESCO will officially launch the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013 on 11 February 2013.


This will be a high-level events, with the participation of eminent personalities, distinguished scientists, UN agencies and the youth from the world over. The Year will be a worldwide celebration on water cooperation, aiming at raising awareness to increase cooperation on water issues and at highlighting the challenges facing water resources management in light of the increasing demand for access to water. It will also focus on major issues regarding water security for all, and the sound and effective management of transboundary waters. Among many other aims and objectives, the Year is expected to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on water issues at all levels with key stakeholders.

Water cooperation has multiple dimensions including cultural, educational, scientific, religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic aspects. Moreover, in order to be successful and long-lasting, water cooperation needs a common understanding of what the needs and challenges are around water. Building a shared consensus on the appropriate responses to these questions will be the main focus of the UN International Year and the World Water Day (22 March) in 2013.

In this occasion, UNESCO prepared a press kit.

Read more:

Press kit

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

UN Water Web-site




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