The UN International Year 2013 and the World Water Day, 22 March 2013, will be devoted to the theme "Water Cooperation". The seminar will officially launch and introduce the preparations for both, the year and the day, and inform about the planned activities and initiatives; it will also offer the opportunity to gather inputs and commitments from stakeholders. 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 International Year and the World Water Day in 2013. It is envisaged that the conclusions of the seminar will provide inspiring messages to feed the programme of the UN International Year as well as the campaign for the World Water Day 2013, both coordinated by UNESCO in cooperation with UNECE and with the support of UNDESA, UNW-DPAC, UNW-DPC, on behalf UN-Water.
Chair: Ms. Gretchen Kalonji, UNESCO
Co-chair: Mr. Pasquale Steduto, FAO
15:45 Welcome Addresses.
Ms. Gretchen Kalonji, UNESCO and Mr. Michel Jarraud, UN-Water
16:00 Opening Remarks.
Mr. Rahmat Bobokalonov, Minister of Land Reclamation and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Prof. Torkil Jonch Clausen, SIWI
16:10 Keynote Speech.
Prof. Martin Nowak, Harvard University, USA
16:25 Panel Discussion: "Piecing Together the Water Cooperation Puzzle".
Moderator: Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI
- Legal Frameworks: Mr. Alejandro Iza, IUCN
- Communication/Sanitation: Mr. Peter van der Linde, Akvo Foundation
- Regional Coordination Mechanisms: Mr. Bai-Mass Taal, AMCOW
- Gender: Ms. Alice Bouman-Dentener, Women for Water Partnership
- Transboundary Waters: Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECE
- Sharing data and information: Mr. Neno Kukuric, UNESCO IGRAC
- Education, Conflict Resolution/Prevention and Water Diplomacy: Ms. Léna Salamé, UNESCO
- Financing Cooperation: Mr. Gustavo Saltiel, World Bank
- Awareness Raising/Participatory Approaches: Mr. Raymond Jost, ISW/IWFE
17:20 Questions & Answers
18:00 Handing over the World Water Day "baton" - "From World Water Day 2012 …". Mr. Pasquale Steduto, FAO
"… to World Water Day 2013". Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands
18:30 Launch of Official Website (UN Intl Year and World Water Day) and Contest "Slogan for Water Cooperation 2013".
Ms. Stefanie Neno, UN-Water, and Ms. Lucilla Minelli, UNESCO IHP
18:30 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award on Water Cooperation.
Ms. Josefina Maestu, UNW-DPAC, and Mr. Olcay Unver, UN-WWAP
18:40 Wrap Up and Conclusion.
Ms. Gretchen Kalonji, UNESCO
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