Παρασκευή, 22 Μαρτίου 2013

Live webcast of the official World Water Day ...


Live webcast of the official World Water Day event, The Hague, Netherlands

Water Cooperation is everyone’s business

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Water cooperation is an imperative, not a choice. This is the message delivered by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at today’s official World Water Day celebrations in The Hague (Netherlands).
One month after the launch of the International Year of Water Cooperation at UNESCO Headquarters (11 February), the celebrations in The Hague highlight the importance of such cooperation. The event also seeks to ensure the issue is given priority on the international community’s post-2015 development agenda.
            High level participants at the event included Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange from the Netherlands, Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Michel Jarraud, Chairperson of UN Water. They were joined by international experts, decision-makers and representatives from intergovernmental organizations and civil society.
            In her opening address, the Director-General recalled that 90 percent of the world’s population lives in countries that must share water resources with their neighbours.  Cooperation, she said, “is more than a technical or scientific issue,” it is also “about fighting poverty and protecting the environment”.
             “Too often,” she added, “people think water cooperation is only the concern of States. This is not enough. Water cooperation must happen at all levels – from the local to the global […] This concerns governments and the private sector, it concerns all of us.”
            2013 was proclaimed International Year of Water Cooperation, by the United Nations General Assembly. Cooperation is also the theme of World Water Day, celebrated each 22 March. At the request of UN Water, UNESCO was given responsibility for preparing celebrations for both the Year and the Day.

Water Cooperation is everyone’s business

” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day.

World Water Day: UN urges greater cooperation on common and fragile resource

22 March 2013 – Greater cooperation is urgently needed for more equitable use and division of water, senior United Nations officials today stressed, marking the twentieth anniversary of World Water Day.
“Water is a common resource. Let us use it more intelligently and waste less so all get a fair share,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day.
In separate remarks at the high-level dialogue on water cooperation in New York, Mr. Ban reiterated that “competition is growing among farmers and herders, industry and agriculture, town and country, upstream and downstream, and across borders.”
One out of every three people lives in a country with moderate to high water stress, he said, and by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity, with demand outstripping supply by 40 per cent due in part to climate change and the needs of populations that are growing in size and prosperity.

22 March 2013

World Water Day celebrations and High Level Forum

The Hague, Netherlands
22 March 2013

Official celebrations of World Water Day will be hosted on 22 March 2013 by the Government of The Netherlands in The Hague. The programme of the day includes inspirational speeches, presentations, panel and thematic discussions, and a series of public shows on the theme of water cooperation.

High-Level Interactive Dialogue of the 67th session of the UNGA

United Nations Headquarters, New York
22 March 2013

Taking place in the context of current discussions on the Post-2015 development framework and the process of developing a set of SDGs, the main objective of the event is to identify and discuss water-related challenges and key areas which in the future will require stronger political support and international cooperation.

Did you know?

There are 276 transboundary river basins in the world (64 transboundary river basins in Africa, 60 in Asia, 68 in Europe, 46 in North America and 38 in South America). More facts and figures >>



Virtual drought hits Farmerama on World Water Day!
Online farmers around the world were shocked to find their fields dry and their animals thirsty as they logged on to their Farmerama account on 22 March. There is no water this day on Farmerama! This initiative marks World Water Day and intends to raise awareness of issues of water scarcity.

Discover YUNGA's Water Challenge Badge


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This booklet is intended as a guide for teachers and youth leaders. Take it and explore, play and discover – and while you’re having fun, maybe you can even come up with some clever ways to help preserve water in your homes.

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PMA seleciona Especialista em Programa de Cooperação Sul-Sul

O Centro de Excelência contra a Fome do Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) recebe, até 12 de abril de 2013, candidaturas para o cargo de Especialista em Programa de Cooperação Sul-Sul, em Brasília.
O Especialista será responsável pelo gerenciamento, implementação e monitoramento de Programas e suas atividades, coordenando visitas técnicas, apoiando a implementação de planos de ação, preparando workshops e eventos técnicos com o objetivo de fornecer suporte à Cooperação Sul-Sul e suas iniciativas entre o Brasil e países parceiros, contribuindo para a implementação de programas sociais relacionados a alimentação escolar, nutrição e segurança alimentar.
Para se candidatar e obter mais detalhes, clique aqui.
O Programa Mundial de Alimentos, em parceria com o Governo brasileiro, lançou o Centro de Excelência contra a Fome com o objetivo de promover políticas nacionais sustentáveis de segurança alimentar e nutricional com base nos sucessos da experiência do Brasil. O Centro serve como uma ponte para a cooperação sul-sul com foco no desenvolvimento de capacidades nas áreas de alimentação escolar, agricultura familiar, nutrição e segurança alimentar. O diálogo de políticas é feito com países do Sul interessados em desenvolver seus próprios programas.

Youths and Kids

This section is still under construction but we will very soon post exciting resources and educational materials  for educators, youths and kids. 
In the meantime, join Goccia, the official mascot of World Water Day 2013, to learn about how water changes states and recycles itself on our planet, in this great new poster developed by the United States Geological Survey and the UN-Water Communications team.
Download the poster >>

Build your own Water Cooperation 2013 logo!

Discover the Water Challenge Badge!

SG Ban Ki-moon video message for World Water Day


 "Water holds the key to sustainable development, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource," said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of World Water Day on Water Cooperation.
 

Water and Biodiversity

International Day for Biological Diversity 2013

Water and Biodiversity

Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. The theme Water and Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Water and Biodiversity is the theme for International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2013. Designation of IDB 2013 on the theme of water provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the public at large the opportunity to raise awareness about this vital issue, and to increase positive action. Read the notification. Coincidently, the period 2005-2015 is the International Decade for Action 'WATER FOR LIFE'.

Water is the theme for 2013

World Water Day celebrations and High Level Forum

22 March 2013, The Hague, The Netherlands

Location: World Forum, Churchillplein 10 
The World Water Day celebrations organized by the United Nations and the Government of The Netherlands in The Hague will address both water cooperation and the outcomes from the Thematic Consultation on Water in the post-2015 agenda.
The programme of the day involves political and governmental leaders and members of the UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and includes inspirational speeches, presentations and interactive discussions. A series of thematic sessions will also give the opportunity to reflect on the different dimensions of water cooperation, and bring new ideas and innovative approaches from different sectors of society.
Challenges identified on 21 March at the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Water organized by the Dutch Government will be incorporated in the thematic sessions.

Πέμπτη, 21 Μαρτίου 2013

22.03.2013 - Happy World Water Day!


22.03.2013 - Happy World Water Day!
Bonne Journée mondiale de l'eau!
Feliz Día Mundial del Agua!

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22.03.2013 09:00 - 22.03.2013 19:00 local time, Netherlands World Water Day on Water Cooperation
22.03.2013 14:00 - 22.03.2013 21:00 local time, Brazil Water, Communication and Society under the International Year of Water Cooperation
25.03.2013 08:00 - 29.03.2013 18:30 local time, Nigeria Scientific Education Week in Nigeria
25.03.2013 09:00 - 21.04.2013 19:00 local time, Greece E-learning course on Management of Biosphere Reserves and other designated areas
26.03.2013 20:00 - 26.03.2013 22:00 local time, France L'Oréal-UNESCO International Fellowship Ceremony
28.03.2013 19:30 - 28.03.2013 21:00 local time, France 15th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards For Women In Science
29.03.2013 09:00 - 30.03.2013 17:30 local time, France Workshop on the Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR)
25.04.2013 10:00 - 29.04.2013 19:00 local time, Serbia Balkan Workshop: Beyond the Standard Models
14.05.2013 10:00 - 16.05.2013 19:00 local time, Iran Second International Drought Initiative (IDI) Meeting
27.05.2013 01:00 - 30.05.2013 01:00 local time, France International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)
03.06.2013 16:00 - 07.06.2013 13:00 local time, Estonia Third meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves

World Water Day: Water Cooperation

In 2013, in celebration of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water. Cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably. Since water cuts across all sectors, stakeholders that are not traditionally considered to be water managers must participate. Water cooperation between different social groups, economic sectors, regional governments, countries, and present and future generations, is crucial not only to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of water but also to create and maintain peaceful relations between people.
The official celebrations of World Water Day will be hosted by the Kingdom of The Netherlands in The Hague. Within the limit of capacity constraints, as wide a variety of key stakeholders as possible, from inside and outside the ‘water box’, have been invited.

HIGHLIGHTS

Τετάρτη, 20 Μαρτίου 2013

UN Video library

The video library provides a selection of water-related videos produced by United Nations agencies, programmes and/or initiatives.

Latest videos

Waterborne diseases in humanitarian crisis Waterborne diseases in humanitarian crisis UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), Spanish Society of Humanitarian Medicine (SEMHU), 2013 Duration: 10min15sec
When a humanitarian crisis strikes, affected populations face very important WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) related challenges. This video describes these challenges, main waterborne diseases risks in humanitarian crisis and interventions needed. The video also shows the case of Haiti and water and sanitation challenges suffered after the 2010 earthquake.


The objectives of the IYWC The objectives of the IYWC United Nations , 2013 Duration: 3min38sec
Blanca Jimenez, director of the Division Sciences of UNESCO, summarizes main objectives of the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.


Video message from UN Secretary-General for IYWC Video message from UN Secretary-General for IYWC United Nations , 2013 Duration: 2min14sec
"Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this video message for the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.


Brazil: Grey Water, Green Ground Brazil: Grey Water, Green Ground International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 2012 Duration: 3min13sec Brazil
In the North East of Brazil, millions of people battle to grow food around their houses due to toxic grey water from washing and sewage that runs outside. But now a newly designed biowater filtering system has the potential to change all of their lives. The dirty water passes through a filtering system. The filtered water is then clean enough to use to irrigate the land. This is the story of Ulisses dos Santos who has tested out the system for one year. Now he is not only eating better, but also making a profit.


Press briefing on the occasion of World Water Day 2012. United Nations, New York Press briefing on the occasion of World Water Day 2012. United Nations, New York United Nations, 2012 Duration: 37min35sec
UN press briefing on the occasion of World Water Day 2012 with the participation of Rolf Luyendijk, Senior Statistics and Monitoring Specialist, Statistics and Monitoring Section, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Dr. Ania Grobicki, Executive Secretary Global Water Partnership, Ana Persic, Science Programme Specialist, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Csaba Korosi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations.


India's Iceman India's Iceman UNTV 21st Century, 2011 Duration: 8min52sec India
Climate change is threatening the future of millions of people. But high up in the Himalayas, a man known as The Ice Man, is trying to do what nature no longer can - and give his community a chance of survival - by building artificial glaciers.


Water in Cities Water in Cities UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme, 2011 Duration: 5min56sec
This short film aims to illustrate present and future challenges in urban water management, highlighting water problems facing cities around the world. As water has become an increasingly crucial issue facing many cities around the world today, film is designed to promote sustainable and innovative approaches that UNESCO is pursuing to help countries address water problems in fast-growing cities, and to assist cities to develop strategies for sustainable urban water management.


Africa's Lake Victoria: Turning the Tide Africa's Lake Victoria: Turning the Tide UNTV 21st Century, 2011 Duration: 6min48sec Lake Victoria
The struggle to access clean water and basic sanitation is intensifying as the global population ratchets up by the billion. Overcrowded makeshift settlements are springing up along the world's lakes and seas at a staggering pace, putting the health of millions under threat. This video takes you to Africa's Lake Victoria where one community is turning the tide on this alarming trend.


Dam Safety in Central Asia Dam Safety in Central Asia UNTV: UN in Action, 2011 Duration: 4min24sec Central Asia
Aging dams are a potential threat to millions living in flood-prone urban areas in Central Asia. A special project, supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, is underway to improve monitoring and maintenance of the Soviet-era dams.


Mauritania: Oasis Farmers Mauritania: Oasis Farmers UNTV: UN in Action, 2011 Duration: 3min15sec Mauritania
Severe drought and desertification in Mauritania has forced many villagers to abandon their traditions and move to cities. A new project financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development is helping find local solutions with the assistance of farmers from nearby Morocco.


Ethiopia: Drought Lingers Ethiopia: Drought Lingers UNTV: UN in Action, 2011 Duration: 3min56sec Ethiopia
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) recently trained pastoralists in Ethiopia to watch for warning signs of drought. Some 12 million pastoralists here travel great distance to find grazing land and water sources for their livestock daily. IFAD is counting on its investment in training to avert any future humanitarian crisis like the one unfolding now in the Horn of Africa.


Kenya: Water Scarcity Kenya: Water Scarcity UNTV: UN in Action, 2011 Duration: 3min48sec Kenya
In Kenya, the International Atomic Energy Agency is helping farmers make the most of limited water resources. Innovative irrigation and nuclear techniques enable communities to grow stronger crops while protecting the environment.


Bangladesh: Traces of Poison in Water Bangladesh: Traces of Poison in Water UNTV: UN in Action, 2011 Duration: 6min48sec Bangladesh
In 1993, Bangladesh found its main source of fresh water tainted with naturally occurring arsenic posing a public health risk to millions. Since then, the country has partnered with the World Bank and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to introduce isotope hydrology techniques to locate


Argentina: Dreaming of a Clean River Argentina: Dreaming of a Clean River UNTV 21st Century, 2011 Duration: 6min27sec Argentina
One of the world's most polluted rivers flows through Argentina's capital Buenos Aires and threatens the health of the city's poorest people. Now, one determined nine-year-old girl and her tenacious mother have decided enough is enough.


Colombia: Wayuu "Gold" Colombia: Wayuu "Gold" UNTV 21st Century, 2011 Duration: 8min46sec Colombia
Desert conditions have been exacerbated in recent years in Northern Colombia. The indigenous Wayuu women are struggling to ensure their community's very survival despite dwindling water resources. This video shows the initiatives they have taken to improve the situation.


The Man Who Stopped the Desert The Man Who Stopped the Desert UNTV, 2011 Duration: 1min Burkina Faso
The story of Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate farmer from Burkina Faso, who managed to win the battle against the on-going desertification of the region. This is the clip of the winner of Special Jury Award in the International Forest Film Festival.


Brazil Drylands: The Promise of Water Brazil Drylands: The Promise of Water UNTV 21st Century, 2011 Duration: 4min40sec Brazil
Desertification threatens almost half of the world's land. If left unchecked, its effects are disastrous. But in the drylands of Brazil, new hope is emerging: a project is educating farmers on a number of low cost time-proven methods of land cultivation and thus preventing desertification.


Turning the tide on desertification in Africa Turning the tide on desertification in Africa Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2011 Duration: 3min27sec Senegal
In Senegal, the Acacia project has involved the planting and managing of Acacia forests in arid lands helping combat desertification while providing life-changing benefits to local communities. With two thirds of the African continent now classified as desert or drylands and desertification affecting a quarter of the world's population, the breakthrough has the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable populations.


Morocco's solution to water scarcity Morocco's solution to water scarcity Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2011 Duration: 3min30sec Morocco
Change is on the way for Morocco's approach to irrigation. Thanks to an FAO development project that brings together local farmers into water user groups, drip irrigation (letting water drip slowly to the roots of plants by means of a network of valves, pipes and emitters) is widespreading throughout the country. This means increasing yeld from crops, enhancing training programs to assist the transition, and less field work for women too.


Water for Life. Water and Sanitation as a Human Right Water for Life. Water and Sanitation as a Human Right
UNW-DPAC, 2011
Duration: 19min09sec

Video on the UN-Water Interview Session at Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (Bonn, Germany), 20 June 2011. This session was organized by the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015/UN-Water Decade Program on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), in collaboration with UN-Habitat, the UN-Water Decade Program on Capacity Building (UNW-DPC) and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). During the session, the panel and the audience discussed about the UN resolution, the aspect of sanitation, the country example of South Africa and experiences and opinions from the audience.