18.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

International Year of Water Cooperation stands out during induction ceremony of the HidroEx Management Board in Belo Horizonte

With the presence of Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, director of the Division of Water Sciences at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme, as well as representatives of Mozambique, Angola and Cape Verde, the governor of Minas Gerais, Antonio Anastasia, inducted the members of the management board of HidroEx Foundation this Monday (17 December 2012) at the state government Administrative Center in Belo Horizonte. The management board will be gathered until today (18 December) to discuss their work plan for 2013.

During the meetings, the UNESCO director reinforces the importance of HidroEx’s work in 2013, International Year of Water Cooperation, highlighting their goals and recommendations. The International Year was established by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2010, based on a proposition presented by an expressive group of Member States adherent of the UN-Water initiative. In August 2011, UNESCO was officially appointed to lead the preparation for the International Year as well as the World Water Day 2013.

Jiménez-Cisneros will also be present at the Organization’s office in Brasilia (Brazil), for a work meeting with the Office Director, Lucien Muñoz, and the Office’s Natural Sciences sector technicians with the goal to discuss and consolidate the schedule of activities in Brazil for 2013 stemming from the recommendations for the International Year.

In Brazil, there are plans for actions concerning the International Year of Water Cooperation such as the launch of a commemmorative seal for the International Year by the National Postal System (Correios) on 22 March,  the implementation of the Water and Education Programme for training teachers on water resources within UNESCO Associated Schools Network, and the negotiating agenda with governmental and non-governmental institutions that are active in the preservation and management of water resources.

About the HidroEX Foundation     

HidroEX is a Category II UNESCO Center based at Frutal, Minas Gerais, with the mission of implementing excellence programmes in the area of education, research and training in consonance with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme regarding the preservation and sustainable management of water resources through actions of regional and worldwide range.

More information about the International Year of Water Cooperation Campaign

Press information:

UNESCO Brazil – Press office

Ana Lúcia Guimarães – phone (61) 21063536, 99663287


Isabel de Paula – phone (61) 2106-3538, 98468061


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