• Lead-organizer: UN-Water
  • 09:30 - 13:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-6

UN-Water Day (part1)

Organizing partners



Recognizing progress, taking action for the future we want

(Please note that this is a full day event)

UN-Water is the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues. Building on a long history of inter-agency coordination, UN-Water was established in 2003 to facilitate synergies and joint efforts among UN entities in the area of water. UN-Water seeks to: promote coherent actions of the UN System on water issues, especially at country level; contribute to the global policy debate on water issues; contribute to the knowledge base on water and serve as an entry point for water-related indicators, data and information; and identify emerging issues and provide a platform for strategic discussion on how to prepare for and cope with them more effectively.

The objectives of the Water Day are:

1. To demonstrate to the broad range of stakeholders, particularly decision makers, that some of the major challenges facing humanity today are water related.

2. To identify major water issues connecting with the themes of the Rio+20 Conference.

3. To focus on the means of implementation, particularly focusing on the action areas where the United Nations can act together through UN-Water.

The Water Day will bring the UN-Water contribution to the Rio+20 Conference, building on the UN-Water Statement for the Rio+20 Conference submitted to the Rio+20 Secretariat in November 2011 and on the UN-Water Deliverables for Rio+20 submitted in March 2012 through the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes.

At the Water Day UN-Water will release its Report on Water Resources Management, specifically produced for Rio+20, and it will engage in high level panel discussions on the relevance of water in the Rio+20 outcomes and beyond, and on the role of the human right to water and to sanitation. Finally, 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation will be introduced, as a first concrete step to follow on the Rio+20 outcomes.

Detailed programme

9.30-11.30 – Session 1:

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): Benefiting countries for a sustainable and equitable future

9:30-9:35 Welcome address
Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN-Water

9:35-9:40 Keynote address
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

9:40-10:00 Presentation: Key findings of UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources
Peter Koefoed Bjornsen, Director, UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment

10:00-11:10 Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience
Moderator: Veerle Vandeweerd, Director Environment & Energy Group Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Panellists (short statements followed by discussion):
H.E. Ville Niinisto, Minister of the Environment, Finland
H.E. Rashad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates
Peter Kovacs, State Secretary for Water, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary (to be confirmed)
Bai-Mass Taal, Executive Secretary, African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)
José Luis Luege Tamargo, Director General, National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA)
Letitia Obeng, Chair, Global Water Partnership
Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

11:10-11:15 Official launch and hand-over of the report by Michel Jarraud to Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 (to be confirmed)

11:15-11:20 Closing remarks by Brice Lalonde (to be confirmed)

11:20-11:35: Coffee break

11.35-13.00 - Session 2:

Toward global commitments on universal access
to water and sanitation

11:35-11:40 Welcome address
Gerard Payen, United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

11.40-11.50 High-level address
H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Goodwill Ambassador for Water and Sanitation in Africa (to be confirmed)

11:50-12:00 Keynote address
Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN-Water

12:00-12:05 Special address
Loic Fauchon, President, World Water Council

12:05-12:45 Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience
Moderator: Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN HABITAT
Panellists (short statements followed by discussion):
H.E. Lamin Kaba Bajo, Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources, The Gambia
H.E. Ida Auken, Minister of the Environment, Denmark
Joppe Cramwinckel, Director, Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Nicholas K. Alipui, Director of Programmes, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO)
Jason Morrison, Director, Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate

12:55-13:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks
Gerard Payen, United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
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