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The commemoration of World Water Day 2017 started with the participation of the UNESCO San José office to the roundtable "Inter-institutional Perspectives on the Integrated Management of Water Resources in the Framework of Climate Change", organized by the Ministry of Environment and Energy Of Costa Rica / National Committee on Hydrology and Meteorology (CONAHyME) and held at the National Council of Rectors (CONARE) in San José, one of the institutions of the latter Committee (composed of the Vice Ministry of Seas, Coasts, Waters The National Meteorological Institute, the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, the National Groundwater, Irrigation and Drainage Service, the Water Directorate and CONARE).

The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Water, Seas, Coasts and Wetlands, Mr. Fernando Mora, UNESCO Director in San José, Ms. Pilar Álvarez Laso and representatives of institutions such as the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, Aqueducts and Sewers and the National Meteorological Institute.

Mr. Juan Criado from UNESCO presented the United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 which this year is entitled "Wastewater, the unexploited resource". This edition of the Report argues that wastewater can be an invaluable resource in meeting the growing global demand for freshwater and various raw materials. It shows that improved wastewater management generates social, environmental and economic benefits essential for sustainable development. Further it aims to inform on the importance of managing wastewater as it forms an undervalued and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable by-products, rather than something to be eliminated or a nuisance to ignore. This management improvement rests on the "4 Rs": Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Recover.

Improved wastewater management is not only crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Objective on Drinking Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), but also for the achievement of other objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In the afternoon, the celebration of the event moved to the Post Office building in Costa Rica for the award of three winning stamps of the contest organized by the Philatelic Museum of Post Office in Costa Rica. The purpose of this competition was to promote values through philately, with illustrations presented by children and young people. The theme of the national-level contest was ‘Respect for the Environment’.

In recognition of the need for greater awareness of human actions in the environment, the Costa Rican Postal Administration decided this year to promote the value of "responsibility towards the environment" and to emphasize the importance of a harmonious relationship between people and the environment.


Finally, Correos de Costa Rica issued a commemorative postmark to circulate today, March 22, 2017, also dedicated to World Water Day. For its elaboration, it has had the collaboration of CONAHyME and this UNESCO Office in San José.

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