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).
WWAP at the next World Water Week
WWAP will participate at the next World Water Week, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, as annual focal point for the globe’s water issues.
In this framework, WWAP co-organizes in collaboration with UN-Water, UNU and UNIDO, the “UN-Water seminar on the Water-Energy Nexus”, as part of the preparatory process of the 2014 World Water Day, which will focus on water and energy. The objective of this event is to initiate a dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues at the nexus of water and energy, to discuss the preliminary findings and key messages of the 5th edition of the UN World Water Development Report and to identify stakeholders who could be actively involved in further developing the water-energy linkages in the context of the WWD 2014.