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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
The United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation
December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the
United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation (Resolution A/RES/65/154).
In reflection of this declaration, the 2013 World Water Day, which will
take place on 22 March 2013, also will be dedicated to water
cooperation. Therefore, UN-Water has called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013
United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular
because of the Organization’s unique multidisciplinary approach which
blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and
communication. Given the intrinsic nature of water as a transversal and
universal element, the United Nations International Year on Water
Cooperation naturally would embrace and touch upon all these aspects.
objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the
potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water
management in light of the increase in demand for water access,
allocation and services. The Year will highlight the history of
successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning
issues on water education, water diplomacy, transboundary water
management, financing cooperation, national/international legal
frameworks, and the linkages with the Millennium Development Goals. It
also will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum created
at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20),
and to support the formulation of new objectives that will contribute
towards developing water resources that are truly sustainable.
throughout the Year will include featured events at UNESCO Headquarters
in Paris, as well as many other events organized by various
stakeholders around the world. Such events will seek to promote actions
at all levels in relevant areas including education, culture, gender,
the sciences, conflict prevention and resolution, as well as ethics,
To know more about the 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation please contact Lucilla Minelli at: email@example.com.