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UN-Water: The Road to Rio. Water for Development and Poverty Eradication
16 Nov 2011 - 16 Nov 2011
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

World Conference Center Bonn,

The need to improve the provision of basic water and sanitation services and the management of the world's water resources has been underlined at previous international conferences on sustainable development. Both Earth Summits in Rio (1992) and Johannesburg (2002) called for actions to improve the delivery of services to the very poor and the way water is managed and used. Rio+20 presents a unique opportunity to boost commitment from governments to implement these actions.

Progress is uneven. Today one out of five people in the world ? 1.4 billion ? currently lives on $1.25 or less a day and almost a billion go hungry every day. The world is facing major and overlapping global crises: the economic and financial crisis, accelerating environmental degradation, water scarcity and pollution, and emerging impacts of a changing climate. Drinking water and especially sanitation services for the poor are lagging behind in key regions of the world. All of these challenges impede efforts to eradicate poverty, promote economic development and achieve an equitable society.

In this session, some of the key expectations that specific Member States have for water and about the role that the UN is expected to play towards Rio+20 were presented and discussed. UN-Water members and partners discussed the UN-Water messages and showcased and discussed key initiatives that have been important in supporting the role of water in the development agenda and what we can expect for water in the Rio+20 conference.

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