18.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

First Visit to Latin America by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

Launch of United Nations World Water Development Report at 8th World Water Forum.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will travel to Brasilia (Brazil) on 19 and 20 March to launch the United Nations World Water Development Report at the 8th World Water Forum. This will be her first visit to Latin America, following trips to Africa and the Middle East.

The Director-General will take part in the official opening ceremony of the Forum alongside the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, Heads of State, as well as Prince Albert of Monaco and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. Ms Azoulay will plead the cause of those with limited access to water and advocate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially targets pertaining to water and Goal 6, which calls for access to safe water and sanitation.

After attending a luncheon hosted by the President of Brazil in honour of the Heads of State, the Director-General and UN-Water partners will lead the official launch of the United Nations’ World Water Development Report, whose theme this year concerns nature-based solutions. Coordinated by UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme, the Report brings together contributions from the 31 United Nations bodies and 39 international partners who make up UN Water. It promotes nature-based solutions to improve freshwater quality and supply, and to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

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