WWAP at the 5th World Water Forum - Istanbul - March 2009

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The World Water Forum is the main water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda.

The Forum offers the water community and policy-and-decision-makers from all over the world the unique opportunity to come together to create links, debate and attempts to find solutions to achieve water security.

WWDR3 Launch

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Launching ceremony of the 3rd edition of the UN World Water Development Report in Istanbul - 16 March 2009.


WWDR3 launch - Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura

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Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, former UNESCO Director-General, on the occasion of the launch of the 3rd edition of the UN World Water Development Report in Istanbul, 16 March 2009.


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Presentation by Mr Olcay Unver, WWAP Coordinator, for the launch of the WWDR3 in Istanbul - 16 March 2009


Launch of the WWDR3, 16 March

Sadabad, 17:00-19:00

The third edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR-3) was launched by the Director-General of UNESCO on the first day of the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul on March 16, 2009.

Over 1,100 participants attended this event in which the President of Tajikistan, the First Vice-President of the Brazilian Congress, the Water Resources Minister of Zambia and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey addressed the meeting.

The  WWDR is the United Nations’ flagship report on water. This periodic assessment of the world’s water resources, produced every three years, is an important tool that the UN system provides for member states and the international community.

The 3rd edition, “Water in a Changing World”, offers a holistic approach to the inter-linkages between water, climate change, food, energy, health and human security.

While it continues to provide useful data for water managers on the state and use of water resources, the 3rd Report primarily targets leaders at all levels of government, in the private sector and non-governmental movements whose decisions will be dependent on the availability of water resources and will make demands on water management.

The WWDR3 leads from analysis of evidence to recommendations and options. One of the key messages of the Report is that, while many solutions to our water problems already exist, the world must act to implement them now.  The challenges that face decision makers are numerous, and yet the context in which they must make decisions is not well-defined. While the Report does not attempt to provide a full set of answers, it goes on to describe some of the solutions others have applied as they face these challenges, and provides options for decision makers at each level and in each sector.

Side Event - WWAP Case Studies: “Facing the Challenges”, 17 March

Haskoy Hall, Sütlüce - 11:30-13:00

In this event, the WWAP Secretariat presented its new Case Study Volume “Facing the Challenges” accompanying the 3rd edition of the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR3).  The volume features the findings of 20 basin and nation-wide projects developed in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Pacific Islands highlighting the state of water resources and identifying critical issues. The event focused on the lessons learned from eight case studies: Bangladesh, China, Republic of Korea, Estonia, Basque Country (Spain), Turkey, Zambia and La Plata River Basin, and attendees participated in question-and-answer with WWAP case study partners.

Side Event - WWDR3: Findings and Key Messages, 18 March

Feshane V - 15:00-16:30

Following the official launch of the 3rd edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR3), "Water in a Changing World", that took place on 16 March, WWAP provided the opportunity for the Forum’s participants to discuss the contents of the Report during a well-attended side event held on 18 March in Feshane. After a comprehensive presentation of the Report, participants discussed its findings and key messages with the production team and also proposed subject matter that will be taken into consideration in the next edition of the Report.

Comments from the participants were included in a document summarizing the “Lessons Learnt from WWDR3 and Suggestions for WWDR4” based on comments received from selected participants to the production of the WWDR3 who where invited to respond to a series of four question about the process. 

Side Event - WWDR3 Side Publications Series, 18 March

Feshane V - 16:30-18:00

During this side event, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) together with partner organizations presented a selection of 14 Side Publications produced in parallel to the 3rd edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR3), “Water in a Changing World”. These original contributions provide more focused, in-depth information, scientific background knowledge, policy guidelines and interface with other, less conventional water sectors. A wide range of topics were covered, from cooperation in the transboundary context to capacity development, IWRM, sanitation, climate change, water-related disasters, etc. Side Publications are an on-going process. 17 were released during the 5th World Water Forum, and others were published afterwards.

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