UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013

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The side event, organized in the framework of the UN-Water Day at Rio+20, aims at raising awareness about the UN IYWC and the opportunities that this year-long event will bring along for Member States and other stakeholders
In December 2010 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the year 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation (A/RES/65/154) based on a proposal from a group of countries initiated by Tajikistan. UN-Water members agreed that World Water Day on 22 March 2013 will be dedicated to the same theme. In August 2011 UNESCO was officially appointed by UN-Water to lead the preparations for this International Year and the World Water Day in 2013.

Water cooperation has multiple dimensions including cultural, educational, scientific, religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic aspects. A multidisciplinary approach is essential to grasp the many facets implied in the concept and to blend such parts into a holistic vision. Moreover, in order to be successful and long-lasting, water cooperation needs a common understanding of what the needs and challenges are around water. Building a shared consensus on the appropriate responses to these questions will be the main focus of the UN International Year and the World Water Day in 2013.

The side event, organized in the framework of the UN-Water Day at Rio+20, aims at raising awareness about the UN IYWC and the opportunities that this year-long event will bring along for Member States and other stakeholders. The discussions will highlight in particular the history of successful water cooperation initiatives as well as identify emerging and burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, cooperation across transboundary waters, financing cooperation, and linkages with the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda, among others.
After some high-level introductory remarks from UNESCO and UNECE, the floor will be given to a panel discussion which will revolve around: “Water cooperation in action: testimony and commitments”. The President of Tajikistan, H.E. Emomali Rahmon, will share the recommendations gathered during the first conference on Water Cooperation held in Dushanbe in 2011; he will also introduce some key issues leading up to the Closing Ceremony of the UN IYWC - to be held again in Dushanbe at the end of 2013.

Participation from a wide range of parties including NGOs, International Organizations, UN Agencies, National and Regional Institutions, and Academia among others is expected and encouraged.



Details

Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 19.06.2012 20:30 local time
End 19.06.2012 22:00 local time
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Focal point Aureli, Alice
Organizer UNESCO
Contact a.aureli@unesco.org
Country Brazil
City Rio de Janeiro
Venue Rio Centro
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Language of Event English
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