The second workshop of the UN WWAP UNESCO Project for Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting
WWAP Secretariat hosted the second workshop of the UN WWAP UNESCO Project for Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting. The workshop was held on 11-13 December 2014 at WWAP premises. On the basis of the outcomes of the first workshop held in June, this second workshop aimed at finalizing the WWAP toolkit of the Gender Sensitive Water Assessment and Reporting project, with the production of a guideline-manual to be used by practitioners in various regions and a questionnaire to be used in field assessments. With the completion of the toolkit, already comprising a defined methodology and a list of indicators, WWAP will provide a complete set of instruments to member States, NGOs and research institutions, to support the implementation of projects on water resources assessment, monitoring and reporting, with a global and comprehensive gender perspective.
The first two days of the meeting have been dedicated to the planning of the guideline-manual and of the questionnaire, while on the last day the members of the working group discussed the progress made so far and the next steps. In February, in fact, WWAP will conclude the First Phase of the Project and will start working on the Second Phase, during which the pilot-testing of the toolkit will be implemented.
During the last day of the workshop, moreover, some preliminary outcomes from the partners who have already acquired and tested the indicators and the methodology in the field were presented, providing preliminary feedbacks on the utilization of the toolkit. A representative of AMCOW- Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms was also present, to provide a follow-up plan to the AMCOW Ministerial Declaration on gender sensitive water monitoring, achieved in November 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.
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.
The World Water Assessment Programme has launched a ground breaking project to develop and test the collection of key gender-disaggregated water data.