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Friday, 01 June 2012 16:27

Recognizing Progress, Taking Action for the Future We Want

UN-Water will host a Water Day on 19 June at the Rio+20 Conference, with the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate to the broad range of stakeholders, particularly decision makers, that some of the major challenges facing humanity today relate to water management; this will be based on findings of the major UN-Water reports.
  • Identify major water issues that connect with the themes of the Rio+20 Conference, particularly its link with the notion of green economy.
  • Focus on the means of implementation, especially the action areas where UN organizations and agencies can act together through UN-Water.

The Water Day will concentrate on UN-Water contribution to the Rio+20 Conference, building on the UN-Water Statement and on the UN-Water deliverables for Rio+20, and will engage in high-level panel discussions on the relevance of water in the Rio+20 outcomes.

UN-Water will also release its Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources, specifically produced for Rio+20.

19 June Preliminary Programme:

9.30–13.00 Water Day – Part 1

  • IWRM, Benefiting countries for a sustainable and equitable future Interactive policy dialogue and launch of the UN-Water Report on Water Resources Management
  • A push toward global commitments on universal access to water and sanitation Reflections on the Rio +20 Outcome document and charting the way forward while setting commitments for Rio+20 and beyond

17.30–21.00 Water Day — Part 2

  • Water and Sanitation as a Human Right
  • International Year of Water Cooperation and World Water Day 2013

More information on http://www.unwater.org/rio2012/waterday.html