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).

International Conference on International Cooperation for Sustainable Energy Strategies

On the 4th and 5th of December WWAP has been invited to participate in the "International Conference on International Cooperation for Sustainable Energy Strategies, Energy Access and the Nexus with Water and Food", organized by Politecnico di Milano and the Enel Foundation in Milan, Italy.

This international conference wants to serve as high-level platform for networking and scientific exchange in the field.

WWAP’s intervention to this important seminar focuses on "Water and Energy at the hearth of Sustainable Development", and it represents its contribution to the series of events centered on the theme of the next WWDR, to be launched in March 2014, Water and Energy.

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Training Centre for International Cooperation: A come Acqua

In the framework of the United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, WWAP participated at the event “A come Acqua”, promoted by the Training Center for International Cooperation of Trento (Italy) and the UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Sustainable and Human Development.

WWAP presented the activities and perspective of UNESCO, as the UN agency appointed by UN-Water to lead the UN 2013 International Year on Water Cooperation.

The presentation also highlighted the main messages of the World Water Development Report 4, WWAP gender component and the current debate on post-2015 agenda.

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Budapest Water Summit

Recognizing the cross-cutting importance of water for sustainable development and following the Rio+20 outcome document ‘The Future We Want’, which calls for the establishment of universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Hungary, in cooperation with the UN system and the World Water Council, has organized the Budapest Water Summit (8–11 October 2013). The aims of this global conference are to contribute to the elaboration of the water-related SDGs and to provide concrete guidance on the most pressing water issues.
WWAP has organized a joint side event for the Summit in cooperation with UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Institute for Water Education (IHE) as well as the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). The event, Building peace and development through water security, takes place on Thursday, 10 October. It will present an overview of the activities implemented by UNESCO’s ‘water family’ on water security, cooperation, diplomacy, governance and education, and discuss how addressing these aspects can contribute to sustainable development and to the peaceful sharing and management of water resources.

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The sustainable use and planning of geothermal resources

The 2014 WWDR theme, nicely harmonized with the one of the World Water Day, is Water and Energy. As from now and throughout all of year 2014, WWAP will organize a series of seminars focused on water and energy and on the inter-linkages between these domains.                               

“The sustainable use and planning of geothermal recourses”  is the title of the first meeting WWAP organized within this framework and in collaboration with the Umbrian Region. The conference took place on 22 October at the WWAP premises and aimed to gather representatives from the research community, the private sector, local governments and universities,  to explore and discuss the appropriate and sustainable use of geothermal resources through environmentally friendly technologies.

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WWAP contribution to the III Congress of the Italian University Network for Development

WWAP takes part to the Congress of the Italian University Network for Development, organized in Turin (Italy) on the 19-21 September.
WWAP participates in the session “Access to Water and the Food-Energy Nexus” and presents its work on the use of sex-disaggregated indicators for future water monitoring, in view of the post-2015 sustainable development.
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The Water Festival in Italy

WWAP is participating at the 2nd edition of the Water Festival which takes place in L’Aquila, Italy (6-11 October) with a contribution to the session “Quench the world’s thirst”.
This Festival has been organized by Federutility, the Italian association of water services providers. During the Festival many scientific and technical meetings are organized to provide the latest knowledge and scenarios on water resources management.
WWAP is presenting an overview on the access to drinking water in the world, and in particular on the Millennium Development Goals achievements in the water sector and on the United Nations’ role in recognizing water as human right.

Gendering a Sustainable Future: Conflict, Genocide and Climate Change

WWAP gives its contribution to the gender and water conflicts’ session of the international workshop “Gendering a Sustainable Future: Conflict, genocide and Climate Change”, that will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on 16-17 September.
In particular WWAP will present the gender component of the World Water Development Report and will conduct a panel discussion on the role of women in water-related hazards (floods and droughts).

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The European Community and the Italian regions meet at WWAP

Representatives from the Italian regions and the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea met the European Community on 11 September at the WWAP Secretariat premises in Perugia to discuss the Community framework for water protection and management.
The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) was established in 2000 as a framework for Community action in the field of water policy. It has a number of objectives, such as preventing and reducing pollution, promoting sustainable water use, protecting the environment, improving aquatic ecosystems, and mitigating the effects of floods and droughts.
The regions discussed the challenges and propose solutions to achieve good ecological and chemical status for all Community waters by 2015.

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WWAP at the next World Water Week

WWAP participated in the next World Water Week, 1st – 6th September 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden, the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues.

WWAP co-organized, in collaboration with UN-Water, UNU and UNIDO, the “UN-Water seminar on the Water-Energy Nexus”, as part of the 2014 World Water Day preparatory process, that will focus on water and energy. The objective of this event is to initiate a dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues linked to the Water-Energy Nexus. The event also discussed the preliminary findings and key messages of the 5th edition of the UN World Water Development Report, and  identified stakeholders who could be actively involved in further developing the water-energy linkages. Browse the programme of UN-Water's activities in Stockholm 

WWAP, in co-operation with SIWI, also organized the seminar “Water and Energy: Beyond the Nexus”, that reaches beyond the ‘water for energy’/‘energy for water’ metrics and the description of inter-linkages between these domains, focusing on the broader water-related implications of the changing global energy mix and other energy production trends. Discussions centred on strengthening collaboration between the water and energy communities and developing appropriate response measures, managing tradeoffs, and maximizing co-benefits.Download the flyer

WWAP, in collaboration with UNW-DPC (Bonn, Germany), also  provided support to UNW-DPAC (Zaragoza, Spain) in organizing the UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue on “the Post 2015 Development Agenda – The World We Want”. Download the flyer

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Some of the above seminars have been selected to be webcasted live, in particular:

The winner of the Best Poster Award, presented during the closing plenary session of the World Water Week, is Ms. Francesca Greco, WWAP Gender Focal Point. She presented a poster on Virtual Water Rivers and Transboundary Cooperation Interactions.

WWAP at the High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation

The Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with UN agencies, 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.
UNESCO, as the lead agency in the coordination of the International Year of Water Cooperation, is playing a supporting role in the preparation of the Conference in a number of ways. 

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, participated in the opening plenary session of the Conference, and WWAP Coordinator, Olcay Ünver, served as co-chair of the International Steering Committee. Two of UNESCO’s programmes, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) organized a special focused event on ’Hydrodiplomacy: dealing with water interdependencies to achieve water security for all’. UNESCO  also co-leaded a thematic session on ‘Water Cooperation for the World We Want’, in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In addition, UNESCO formed part of the Gender Forum on Women for Water Cooperation, organized by the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), and contributed to the exhibition ‘Water Unites Us’, where WWAP and IHP displayed UNESCO's publications.

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.

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TWAP Groundwater Component Inception Meeting

Groundwater Talks: TWAP GW Inception Meeting

Launch of the 4th World Water Development Report in Korean

The Korean language version of the 4th World Water Development Report (WWDR) was presented during the 7th World Water Forum kick-off meeting, organized in Daegu, Korea, from 14 to 15 May 2013. More than 400 people participated in the meeting, including water-related stakeholders from government, IGOs, NGOs, UN agencies, private enterprise and the public. Ms Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, Director of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences, highlighted the importance of the WWDR and UNESCO’s coordinated effort in this flagship publication.

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Development of a Sustainable Development Goal for Water: UN-Water’s role and WWAP

A set of sustainable development goals (SDG) is currently being drafted by the United Nations to take over from the Millennium Development Goals in 2016. UN-Water agreed to work on a possible SDG for water. Each thematic area (water supply, sanitation, wastewater, etc) will be represented in a working group led by UNDP which will draft a common position for UN-Water. WWAP has been selected as a member in this group, representing the past work done on indicators, monitoring and reporting.

Preparation of the report on the UN Decade Water for Life: WWAP leads the process

WWAP has been designated by UN-Water for leading the preparation of the report on the UN Decade Water for Life, with the support of the two Decade programmes UNW-DPC (UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development) and UNW-DPAC (UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communications).

The Decade Report will discuss success stories within the Decade, as well as look at how/ whether the goals of the Decade have been reached and report on the activities of the institutions that were intended to implement the Decade’s activities.

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UN-Water endorses World Water Scenarios project

In Washington DC (USA) on 19−21 February, the 30 bodies that make up UN-Water endorsed the World Water Scenarios project as an affiliated scheme. The project was initiated in 2009 by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP).

UN-Water designated a working group to act as an interface with the project. The group will include existing UN-Water members of the project, the UN-Water Management Team and other interested members and partners. WWAP will coordinate the working group.

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