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2013 WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATIONS -Tagged Water Cooperation

17th Jul 2013

Original author: Olusoga Sofolahan, Nigeria

Abstract
Water cooperation is a foundation for peace and sustainable development. Water cooperation contributes to poverty reduction and equity, creates economic benefits, helps preserve water resources and protect the environment, and builds peace.

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2013 WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATIONS - Tagged Water Cooperation
Water cooperation is a foundation for peace and sustainable development. Water cooperation contributes to poverty reduction and equity, creates economic benefits, helps preserve water resources and protect the environment, and builds peace.

To focus attention on this important subject the celebration for World Water Day on 22 March 213 took place around the world with the theme of water cooperation.

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in

collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.

“International Year of Water Cooperation”

In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. The Year was led by UNESCO 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.

The fulfillment of basic human needs, our environment, socioeconomic

development and poverty reduction are all heavily dependent on water.

Good management of water is especially challenging due to some of its unique characteristics: it is unevenly distributed in time and space, the hydrological cycle is highly complex and perturbations have multiple effects. Rapid urbanization, pollution and climate change threaten the resource while demands for water are increasing in order to satisfy the needs of a growing world population, now at over seven billion people, for food production, energy, industrial and domestic uses.

Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users. In designating 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the UNGA recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace.

Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions.

Get involved!

The success of the International Year of Water Cooperation and the World Water Day depends on the involvement of everyone! Throughout the Year, the Water Cooperation 2013 campaign will be marked by a number of events, actions and initiatives to raise awareness of the potentials and challenges for water cooperation facilitate dialogue among actors and promote innovative solutions for nurturing water cooperation.

A high point of the campaign is World Water Day celebrations on 22 March 2013. A general engagement, both individual and collective, is required for disseminating knowledge and the awareness of the value of water cooperation at local, national and international scales. Your involvement in figures for World Water Day 2013

What can you do?

  • Promote the International Year of Water Cooperation and the World Water Day. ? Raise awareness of the benefits of water cooperation: use the brochure, the messages, case studies and success stories;
  • Share your knowledge with people around you;
  • Develop the capacities of stakeholders by organizing a seminar, a workshop or a training;
  • Foster partnerships, dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders;
  • Take action towards water cooperation;
  • Send success stories;
  • Send your pictures, artwork, videos and other creations, and we'll share them with the world;
  • Contribute to the formulation of Sustainable Development
  • Goals where water is properly addressed: have your voice heard!
  • much more: be innovative!

Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Water and sanitation are essential for human well-being, economic development and a healthy environment. Every year, water-related natural disasters such as storms, floods and droughts have devastating impacts on the lives of millions of people, on our economies and on the environment.

Making sure that all have access to sufficient quantity and quality of water while preventing and mitigating risks from weather-related hazards is clearly one of the most critical challenges of our future.

Water touches every facet of life and its complexity makes water a challenging issue to discuss. Please share your or your organization’s experience with the current water and sanitation related MDG targets and contribute to building a common vision on water-related priorities after 2015!

Water Cooperation 2013 is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA | Visual identity and communication campaign by UN-Water

SCOUTING BODIES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO WATER DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SCOUT OF THE WORLD PROGRAMS; SAME CAN EQUALLY PASS FOR MESSENGERS OF PEACE PROGRAMS.

WE WISH EVERYONE ON THE PLANET EARTH HAPPY WATER DAY CELEBRATIONS.

WE SHOULD NOT FORM THE HABIT OF WASTING WATER;REMEMBER SOME PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THIS WATER IN AMUNDANCE DESPITE THE FACT THAT WATER OCCUPY 2/3 OF THE WORLD MAP.