WWAP at World Water day 2010 - 'Clean water for a healthy world'

New York, USA

On the occasion of World Water Day, 22 March 2010, the United Nations General Assembly in New York convened a high-level dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005–2015 and on progress achieved so far towards realizing internationally agreed water-related development targets, including the Millennium Development Goals. The day-long event, which also marked the midpoint of the International Decade for Action, provided an opportunity to discuss measures to accelerate efforts toward achieving these goals and highlighted the connection between water, climate change and disaster risk management.

Three panel discussions were held during the course of the day focusing on water issues in relation to the Millennium Development Goals, climate change and disasters, and peace and security. WWAP Coordinator, Mr Olcay Unver, was invited to provide a presentation during the third panel in which he discussed the importance of water to issues of peace and security as well as other important related areas such as poverty, food, energy, health, the environment and trade. He went on to say that policies and actions aimed at tackling climate change, the economic crisis and other economic development issues must include a water dimension.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, noted that the theme of this year's World Water Day, 'Clean Water for a Healthy World', emphasizes that both the quality and the quantity of water resources are at risk:

'The world has the know-how to solve these challenges and become better stewards of our water resources. Water is central to all our development goals. As we mark the mid-point of the International Decade for Action, and look forward to this year's MDG Summit, let us protect and sustainably manage our waters for the poor, the vulnerable and for all life on Earth.'

For more information on the Day's assembly and presentations, please see:

Perugia, Italy

On 22 March 2010, WWAP invited colleagues and peers in the Umbria region of Italy to its headquarters at the Villa la Colombella for a series of events celebrating World Water Day. Participants observed the Day through a look at on-going water research conducted by institutions and universities in Umbria, as well as an artistic exploration of the Day's theme 'Clean Water for a Healthy World'. WWAP also took the opportunity to present its new headquarters and the activities of the WWAP Secretariat to local, regional and national authorities and the scientific and civil community of the Region of Umbria.

The first event consisted of a panel discussion on water issues in which more than fifty stakeholders participated, including academics and hydrologists, water users and administrators, and teachers, doctors, experts in natural resource law and other representatives of sectors involved directly or indirectly on water resources.

The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by WWAP Deputy Coordinator Michela Miletto on the work of the programme and the significance of its role in the context of this year's World Water Day theme, 'Clean Water in a Healthy World'. Representatives of regional and municipal administrations and the Università per Stranieri in Perugia also gave speeches on regional work on water resources as well as the importance of the growing collaborative efforts between WWAP and Italian partners.

The presentations were followed by an exhibition, 'Art on Water', comprising works created by local artist and inspired by the theme of water. Over 200 guests attended the second half of the Day's celebrations.

Zaragoza, Spain

In Zaragoza, Spain, WWAP's sister program, UNW-DPAC, organized a conference on the theme of this year's World Water Day, 'Clean Water for a Healthy World'. Dr Elias Fereres, a member of WWAP's Technical Advisory Committee, provided the keynote speech on behalf of WWAP, in which he focused on the key messages and findings of the third edition of the UN World Water Development Report: Water in a Changing World. The conference took place at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, with the support of the Government of Aragon, the Zaragoza City Council and the World Council of Civil Engineers.

For more information, please see the event program. [Spanish PDF, 364KB]

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