2014

Gender, Water and Development conference

From 3rd to 7th of November, the Gender, Water and Development Conference has been  hosted  in East London (South Africa) by the Water Research Commission together with the Department of Water Affairs, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

WWAP is honored to be cited among the committments adopted in the Ministerial Declaration.  In particular, the Ministries officially declared their willingness to establish national targets and a monitoring and evaluation framework for each of the seven pillars of the AMCOW gender policy and strategy, including sex-disaggregated indicators for the African context, following  guidelines of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Program, by 2016.

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UNESCO Director General to present WWAP activities to the Italian Chamber of Deputies

The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, presented WWAP and its activities at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Italy, on Friday, October 3.

The event have been attended by high level personalities, such as the Italian Minister of the Environment, Gian Luca Galletti, and the Vice-Chair of the Chamber of Deputies, Hon. Marina Sereni as well as members of the scientific community and Italian national institutions.

Spearheaded by Under Secretary Mario Giro of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation, this unique occasion addressed issues related to the management of water resources and the prevention of natural disasters such as the tsunami.

World Water Week in Stockholm

On 31 August 2014, WWAP convened the UN-Water Seminar: Water and Energy, Expounding on the World Water Development Report 2014 at the Stockholm World Water Week. In this open-style event, the authors and experts from the leading United Nations agencies who together produced the World Water Development Report 2014, titled “Water and Energy”, described challenges and potential response options across the water and energy domains and debated how these are likely to impact on various development sectors across different regions. Special guests have been invited to enrich the discussion by putting emphasis on gender issue and providing best practices from private sector. Download the flyer

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The next day,WWAP presented the preliminary results of the Working Group on Gender-Disaggregated Indicators in the side event Gender Disaggregated Indicators for Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting at the Stockholm Water Week. The event has been organized in collaboration with AMCOW, Women for Water Partnership, the National Water Research Commission of South Africa and SIWI. The session was opened by Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme and the panel discussion was moderated by Guy Hutton, from the World Bank, on behalf of Ms Rosemary Rop, who is member of the Working Group on Indicators. This event presented an overview of  UN WWAP UNESCO Project on Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting and also the  preliminary results of the WWAP Working Group on Gender-Disaggregated Indicators.  Download the flyer

International workshop “Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change”

The international workshop “Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change”, organized by the International Research Network at Hamburg University/KlimaCampus, takes place on June 10‐11 at the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP) Secretariat  in Perugia, Italy.

The workshop explores the nexus between gender, water resources and violent conflict and builds inter‐ and transdisciplinary knowledge on gender‐sensitive conflict analyses in the context of global environmental and climatic change.  

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World Environment Day, 5 June

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

To celebrate this important day the Region of Umbria has organized a conference on water and climate change, at Trasimeno Lake, Perugia, Italy. WWAP has been invited to present the impacts of climate change on the world water resources.

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WWAP at IFAT 2014

WWAP contributed to IFAT 2014 in Munich, Germany from 5-9 May with an exhibition booth at the UN-Water pavillion, where copies of the WWDR 2014 and its related publications have been displayed and distributed. 

WWAP also took part to the UN-Water seminar "Water and Energy" on May 7, presenting the latest edition of the World Water Development Report.

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More information on UN-Water presence at IFAT 2014

IFAT video

Launch of the World Water Development Report 2014 on Water and Energy

Official Launch in Tokyo, Japan - 21 March 2014

The World Water Development Report 2014 on Water and Energy has been launched during the main celebrations of World Water Day in Tokyo, Japan on 21 March 2014.

As is now the tradition, the Report is jointly presented by the Chair of UN-Water, Michel Jarraud, and the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. 

The Report is available online for download, in PDF and e-Book formats.

The agenda included:

  • Michela Miletto, Acting Coordinator, UN World Water Assessment Programme: Presentation on WWDR 2014
  • Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN-Water & Secretary-General WMO      
  • Hans D’Orville, Assistant Director General for Strategic Planning, UNESCO
  • Taizo Nishikawa, Deputy to the Director General, UNIDO
  • David Malone, Rector, UNU
  • Domenico Giorgi, Ambassador of Italy
  • Yoshiaki Morikita, Director General of Water and Disaster Management Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan

After the launch WWAP organized a side event on "Country Experiences on Water and Energy", to present some case studies extracted from the WWDR 2014.

In particular the following has been discussed:

  • Green New Deal and the four major rivers restoration project (case study from Korea)
  • Water and energy issues in Japan with a regional perspective (case study from Japan)
  • Recent improvements in currently unsustainable use of water resources in thermal energy generation in India (case study from India)

The video of the World Water Development Report launch and the official celebration of the World Water Day in Tokyo is online!

On the same day, WWAP organized parallel launches of the Report in different regions of the world. Click here for more details

UN-Water Annual Conference in Zaragoza

Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnership for Improving Water and Energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014

This conference is part of the road map for World Water Day 2014 focused on the nexus of water and energy.

Water and energy (W&E) are closely interlinked and interdependent. W&E inter-linkages have an important role in the post-2015 development agenda and the conceptualization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are indeed some main challenges, interconnections and opportunities for realizing synergies and benefits from joint responses on the water and energy nexus, including for the design of climate resilience and green economies. Partnerships among institutions, agencies and stakeholders can help in achieving some of these benefits.

In this framework, WWAP organizes a side event on "Innovation partnership on water and energy", inviting representatives of universities and organizations to discuss their case studies.

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