Findings of the national stakeholder consultations on water published
A series of 22 country consultations took place from February to May 2013 to address the importance of water to national development. These national stakeholder consultations were part of the process taking place to listen to country needs and priorities regarding the post-2015 agenda for water and sustainable development. The consultations were carried out by local Global Water Partnership (GWP) partners in collaboration with government. The findings have been published in a report, National Stakeholder Consultations on Water: Supporting the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
22 May: International Day for Biodiversity on "Water and Biodiversity"
The theme Water and Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation.
A special event in New York on 22 May will bring attention to the importance of biodiversity to water and its contribution to the SDGs process, to the achievement of the UN development objectives and to the post-2015 development agenda.
Trans-boundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP) two days meeting at Villa La Colombella
The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme, have jointly organized two days meeting to launch the Trans-boundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP), aimed to conduct a global assessment of the status of trans-boundary water systems, in cooperation with partner organizations and institutions at the national, regional and global level.
The meeting has been hosted in the UNESCO Programme Office for Global Water Assessment in Perugia, and it has been organized in coincidence with the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Umbria Water Festival, a one week long series of events related to water in the Region of Umbria.
A High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation
The Republic of Tajikistan convenes the International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe on 20-22 August 2013, according to the General Assembly Resolution A/67/204 "Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013", adopted last December.
The main purpose of the Conference is to promote dialogue and mutual understanding and to strengthen the partnership and cooperation on water issues among all stakeholders at all levels.
New World Water Development Report’s themes announced
With the recent change introduced to the WWDR, this UN-Water flagship report will become annual and thematic with a focus on different strategic water issues each year. The first annual WWDR will be published in 2014 and will address the theme "Water and Energy".
“Water and Sustainable Development” will be the new theme for the 6th edition of the WWDR, as it has been decided in the 18th UN-Water meeting, which took place in February 2013. The WWDR6 will be launched in 2015.
The report’s themes will be harmonized with those of World Water Day (22 March).