14.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

South Africa to host global World Water Day celebrations and launch of the 2017 World Water Development Report

The 2017 World Water Day global celebrations will be held in Durban, South Africa on 22nd March 2017. This will coincide with the launch of the 2017 World Water Development Report (WWDR) entitled, “Wastewater: the untapped resource”.

His Excellency, Jacob Zumba, the President of South Africa is expected to officiate.

The 2017 WWDR seeks to inform policy and decision makers , inside and outside the water community about the importance of managing wastewater as a resource, an undervalued and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable by-products, rather than something to be disposed of or a nuisance to be ignored.

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) is organizing a special session on innovative approaches to water security under the theme "Creating water security through innovative water chain approaches" to run on the side-lines of the main celebrations. 

This session will provide a platform for stakeholders to learn more about the Regional Southern Africa Development Community Water Initiative (SADC-WIN) and reinvigorate the interest of member states, institutions, donors and development partners to embrace the regional project for joint action.

The SADC-WIN project demonstrates some of the innovative water chain approaches to enhance food and energy security, resilience building to extreme weather events and learning alliances.

Key speakers at this important side event include former Kenyan President and UNESCO Special Envoy on water, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki; World Water Assessment Programme Director, Prof Stefan Uhlenbrook; UNESCO ROSA Director and Representative, Prof. Hubert Gijzen; UNESCO ROSA Senior Science Specialist, Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng; and Chinhoyi University of Technology Senior Lecturer Prof. Innocent Nhapi. 

For more information, please contact, Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng: p.oti-boateng(at)unesco.org with copies to the Ms. Fridah Manenji: f.manenji(at)unesco.org and Ms. Tendai Murenga: t.murenga(at)unesco.org

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