Water resources and Gender equality: what is the link?

March 12, 2012
Time : 18 - 19

The target of this event is to engage in dialogue with CSOs and Governments on gender equality in water use and management and discuss the next steps to ensure that women and men have equal access to and control over water and participation in  water management decision-making.
Gender Equality is of one the two global priorities of UNESCO. Accordingly, all UNESCO policies, strategies and programmes are required to address gender inequalities through either gender mainstreaming or gender-specific programming.
The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), a UN-Water Programme hosted by UNESCO, committed to gender mainstreaming in the preparation of the 4th edition of the World Water Development Report. . Therefore, for the first time, the WWDR  includes a stand-alone chapter on gender-responsive policy options for water use and management, and a gender equality perspective is integrated throughout the publication.
The event will thus serve to formally present the stand-alone chapter and the gender mainstreaming approach used in the report, with the aim of engaging in a dialogue with women leaders from civil society organizations to promote gender equality in water use and management worldwide. The next steps to ensure that women and men have equal access to and control over water, and that women fully participate in decision-making related to water management, will be discussed. Furthermore, the work of the WWAP Advisory Group on Gender Equality will be presented and potential further roles and responsibilities of WWAP and of UNESCO in this process will be explored.

WWDR4 : Emerging trends and key challenges; managing water under uncertainty and risk

13 March, 2012
Time : 12:30 – 13:30

During the event, the Fourth edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR4) will be presented to the audience
Part 1 of the WWDR4  provides an overview of recent developments, emerging trends and key challenges in the world’s water resources and in their use and management. It describes how major global changes are creating increased and new uncertainties and risks related to water. The module also examines specific regions, highlighting geographic hotspots and key sectoral issues to illustrate their links and the actions being taken to assess risks, reduce vulnerabilities and generate benefits.
Part 2 of WWDR4 describes the overarching topic of WWDR4, Managing water under uncertainty and risk. The key issues affecting water are be investigated through the lens of risk and uncertainty, with particular emphasis on climate change and other drivers of change for water. This module also reports the preliminary findings of the World Water Scenarios project, which WWAP started in 2010.

Local perspectives from the 4th edition of the World Water Development Report

15 March, 2012
Time : 13:15-14:15

This session will feature examples from “Facing the Challenges” volume of the WWDR4 collectively illustrating the different types of problems and challenges faced by policy-makers and water managers around the globe. Since its first edition in 2003, the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) has demonstrated that decisions in every realm of life and work can affect water resources. Rapidly changing conditions across the globe are creating new pressures on water and introduce related uncertainties and risks for their use and management. The resilience of societies to cope with these challenges show great variation largely determined by their institutional and legal framework as well as availability of financial and human resources. This session will focus on the resilience aspect and highlight the major findings of the selected pilot projects ‘snapshots of water’ at the basin/national level that are compiled over a period of three years. These case studies, by design, are an inseparable companion to WWDR as virtually all of the many factors influencing water resources management are described through real life examples.

WWDR4: Sectoral and Regional Challenges, perspectives and hotspots

16 March, 2012

Time : 1:15 – 2:15

 During the event, the Fourth edition of the World Water Development Report ( WWDR4) will be presented to the audience, with emphasis on the third part. The Challenge Area Reports, together with the Regional Reports, make up the third module of WWDR4 and are prepared directly by UN-Water agencies. They are the principal source of substantive content for the WWDR4 – its so-called knowledge base. Their messages and conclusions guide the selection of material for the baseline summary in Module 1, which highlights emerging trends, recent developments and geographic hotspots. The Challenge Area Reports and Regional Reports also feed into Module 2, which draws heavily on them for examples of how various stakeholders are managing water under uncertainty and risk today, and what needs to be done in the future.

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