16.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

The main UN Report on Water is launched at the 8th World Water Forum

Reservoirs, irrigation channels and water treatment stations are not the only available instruments for water management. Nature-based solutions can collaborate on the improvement of water quality and water supply. It plays an important role on avoiding natural disasters. This is what the new edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) advocates.

For the first time, the global launch will take place in Brazil, on the occasion of the 8th World Water Forum. It will be held in Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center (Room 29 - ST09), in Brasilia, in a special session on 19 March 2018, at 2:30 p.m. The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, together with the Vice-Chair for UN-Water, Joakim Harlin, the Executive-Director for UN Environment, Erik Solheim, and the Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation of the Government of South Africa, Gugile Nkwinti, will preside the opening ceremony.

After that, the Coordinator and Director for the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Stefan Uhlenbrook, will present the main findings of the Report and its policy messages. After the presentation of the Report, the Programme Coordinator of the Organization for Indigenous Communities, Cintya Evelina Martínez Martínez, and the Executive Coordinator of the Platform for Indigenous Women and Youth of El Chaco, Estela Mari Álvarez Torres, will make an inspirational keynote address  on the theme. 

A panel discussion entitled “Learning from and working with nature: achieving water security through ecosystem-based solutions”  is also planned. The Head of the Water and Ocean Governance Programme of the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), Andrew Hudson, will moderate the panel. The Director-General for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Claudia Sadoff, the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Inger Andersen, the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Naoko Ishii and the Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), Taikan Oki, will participate on the panel.

Lastly, the closing remarks will be presented by the Permanent Representative of Italy to Brazil, Ambassador Antonio Bernardini.

Media contacts:

  • UNESCO in Brazil

Ana Lúcia Guimarães, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org, +55(61)2106-3536 or +55(61)99966-3287

Fabiana Pullen, f.sousa(at)unesco.org, +55(61)2106-3596 or +55(61)99848-8971

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