Water for a Sustainable World. A vision of 2050 to be shared in Venice

In the context of Aquae Venezia 2015, the UN World Water Assessment Programme is promoting “Water for a Sustainable World”, a conference dealing with the World Water Development Report 2015, to be held in Venice, Italy, on 21-22 May 2015. The conference will study the role water resources play in fundamental social processes such as economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social wellbeing and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Presented in a worldwide preview in New Delhi on 20 March 2015, at the “Water World Day“, and developed by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and UN-Water, the report, entitled “Water for a Sustainable World” (WWDR 2015), will be presented in Venice, at the Aquae Venezia pavilion dedicated to water. The pavilion is an extension the EXPO 2015 Universal exposition in the Venetian Lagoon, which explores the relationship between Man and Water.

The conference will look into the relationship between water and the 3 spheres of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental). It will focus on the role of water supplies as vital for economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It will also be an opportunity to analyse the challenges and the important changes that will affect the global community leading up to 2050. It is estimated that by then the water demand will have grown by 55% as a result of increasing industrial demand, use in energy production and increasing domestic use due to demographic growth. Lastly, the conference will propose solutions and examine success stories, at both a local and a global level.

Welcome and opening speakers will include: H.E. Gianluca Galletti, Minister, Italian Ministry of Environment; H.E. Lapo Pistelli, Vice-Minister, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Massimo Riccardo, Vice Direttore Generale per la promozione del sistema Paese; H.E. Marina Sereni, Vice-President, Chamber of Deputies; and, Pier Paolo Baretta, Undersecretary, Italian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.

United Nations agencies will be represented by: Blanca Elena Jiménez-Cisneros, Vice-Chair UN-WATER, Director of the Water Sciences Division and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO; Véronique Dauge, Officer-in-charge of UNESCO Office in Venice representing the Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences; Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; and, Hans D’Orville, Special Advisor to the DG – UNESCO.

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The theme chosen for EXPO Milan 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, provides an excellent opportunity for UNESCO to share its experience of the relationship between man, culture, nature and the production/consumption of food with a global audience, and to explore the vital role of cultural and natural diversity as drivers for sustainable development.

As well as participating in EXPO Milan as a member of the UN system under the banner “The Zero Hunger Challenge. United for a Sustainable World”, UNESCO has prepared a broad set of activities and events in and around Venice and other Italian UNESCO sites as part of the Venice to EXPO 2015 programme.

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