The Water Rooms: a journey to discover, understand and change
“The Water Rooms” is an ambitious outreach project led by WWAP to be presented at EXPO 2015 - the Universal Exposition – and consists of a visionary and inspirational video-itinerary of five sequential “rooms” that will trigger interest and encourage learning about water resources and their sustainable management. Each “room” offers a fun and emotional experience inviting the viewer to reflect on the dynamics affecting the resource and the actors managing it.
The meeting taking place at WWAP premises from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd of January is a brainstorming and writing exercise to create the storylines for each Water Room, and it will bring together scientists and technical experts on one side and creatives, filmmakers and writers, on the other.
The UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference will kick off the World Water Day 2015 campaign under the theme: Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action. The post-2015 international agenda for water will be decided in 2015 and the purpose of this international conference is to bring the agenda into action; a practical event on tools for implementation (financing, technology, capacity development) and governance frameworks, for initiating the post-2015 agenda in water and sanitation.
WWAP participates to the conference with a preview of the upcoming World Water Development Report 2015 “Water for a Sustainable World”, that will be launched at the official celebrations of the World Water Day 2015 in New Delhi, India.
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.