UNESCO Prepares for International Year of Water Cooperation With World Water Week

World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden August 26 to 31

UNESCO will contribute to World Water Week in Stockholm Aug. 26 to 31 with the presentation of publications and the organization of various events. UNESCO and UN Water will also unveil the general thrust of the International Year of Water Cooperation (2013).

Activities to be implemented in 2013 will be presented during a workshop organized by UN Water and UNESCO on Aug. 27. The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation in 2012 following a proposal made by Tajikistan and UN Water that asked UNESCO to organize events for the year.

Also during World Water Week, the World Water Assessment Program (WWAP) will host two major events: Green Accounting, with a focus on World Water Scenarios for Our Future (August 26) and Lessons From the World Water Development Report 4 (August 27). The most recent World Water Report was presented at the World Forum in Marseille, France, in March 2012.

Carbon and Water Footprints, a publication issued by the WWAP, will be the subject of another presentation. The study traces the origins of the concepts of carbon and water footprints and compares the two.

WWAP also will present a summary of the World Water Development Report during the Week, as well as two other publications: Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources and Water and Sustainability: A Review of Targets, Tools and Regional Cases, a joint publication undertaken with UNESCO.

Organized by the Stockholm Intl. Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week takes place every year in the Swedish capital. With a program of debates and other events, it brings together stakeholders from all over the world so as to promote their reinforcement of capacities, the establishment of partnerships and follow up on international processes and programs concerning water and development.


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