16.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Connecting the dots through water management in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook will be the key speaker at the public lecture

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe is organizing a Public Lecture to be held on 20th March 2017 at the University of Zimbabwe. 

The Public Lecture entitled, ‘Connecting the Dots Through Water Management in Order to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ is a pre-event to the World Water Day celebrations to be held on 22nd March in Durban, South Africa. 

The lecture will primarily focus on water management and how that can contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation. The interlinkages of Water with the other SDGs will be illustrated while key messages for policy makers will also be discussed.

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) Coordinator, Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook will be the key speaker at the public lecture. Other expected notable speakers include the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri; the Vice Chancellor of University of Zimbabwe, Prof Levi Martin Nyagura and the Director and Representative of UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen.

The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO seeks to equip water managers, policy and decision makers with knowledge, tools and skills that promote sustainable management of water resources at local, national, regional and global scales. WWAP produces, on behalf of UN-Water, the annual World Water Development Report (WWDR). This key report is an annual review providing an authoritative picture of the state, use and management of the world’s freshwater resources. 

The 2017 WWDR entitled, “Wastewater: the untapped resource”, focuses on the critical role of wastewater management for vibrant economies, resilient societies and the maintenance of healthy environments.  

The WWAP of UNESCO is coordinating a UN-Water task force to produce the Synthesis Report on SDG 6 that will summarise the progress in achieving the SDG and provides key policy messages to assist Member States in achieving SDG 6 in the larger Agenda 2030 context.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tendai Murenga: t.murenga(at)unesco.org  or Ms. Muchaneta Munamati: mismuchie(at)gmail.com 

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