Dr Tony Allan presents virtual water in a talk at the WWAP premises

Dr Tony Allan heads the London Water Research Group at King's College London and SOAS. Dr Allan provides advice to governments and agencies on water policy. His ideas on water security are set out in ‘The Middle East water question: hydro-politics and the global economy’ and in a new book entitled ‘Virtual Water’.  In 2008 Mr Allan was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in recognition of his contribution to water science and water policy.

WWAP was lucky enough to have Mr Allan as speaker at our premises in Perugia where he spoke about Virtual Water and Food and Water Security.

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Please find a short video of Tony Allen’s presentation at WWAP

UNESCO Future Forum on ‘Global Water Futures 2050’

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12 April 2012, UNESCO HQ, PARIS


Aware of the need for water managers, government leaders, civil society and businesses to work together to sustainably manage water under uncertainty and risk in an integrated and coordinated manner, UNESCO hosted the Future Forum on "Global Water Futures 2050" at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 12 April, 2012 in Room XI from 15:00-17:00.

The Forum has been a future-oriented event, in which renowned water experts from different parts of the world participated in dialogues on:

a) the status of the world’s freshwater resources by presenting the key findings from the 4th United Nations World Water Development Report;
b) the role of science as a powerful tool for sustainable water management;
c) the presentation of the first phase of the Global Water Scenarios Project, which aims at giving the global community a road map for the future.


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Click here to view Mr. Cosgrove's interview, World Water Scenarios project manager.


World Water Day 2012

Water and Food Security

On World Water Day 2012, WWAP participated in the official ceremony held at FAO. FAO organized a series of events and activities at its Head Quarters in Rome. A variety of speakers have been invited to speak during the morning session, giving their perspectives on this year’s topic ‘Water and Food Security’.

WWAP has been invited to host a side event in the early afternoon to present the findings of the 4th edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR4), ‘Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’.

Olcay Ünver, WWAP Coordinator, presented the recently launched report at the start of the session, and was joined by other speakers to celebrate the launch of the widely anticipated WWDR4. Please click here to have more information on the event.

To highlight World Water Day 2012 and the 4th World Water Development Report, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO produced a video, in which the President Dr. Alex Meisen shares his vision on the key issues and challenges related to water. It is available on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oktn8V9JJAI

In occasion of the World Water Day also the UNESCO Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, presented the 4th edition of WWDR. For more information please click here.


Planet under pressure

The 2012 international Planet under Pressure conference will take place from March 26 -29 2012, and will provide a comprehensive update of the pressure our planet is under.

The conference will discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway, and will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20.

The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) will be exhibiting at the conference and promoting the recent launch of the 4th edition of the World Water Development Report, Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, will be speaking at the opening ceremony on Thursday 29 March, day 4 of the conference, ‘Planetary Stewardship’.

For more information on the conference, please see:


WWAP at the 6th World Water Forum

WWAP events at the 6th World Water Forum

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