3 April 2015
Every year the whole world celebrates World Water Day on March 22, aiming to draw attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources. UNESCO Almaty Office brings together a number of specialists in the field of water resources for presentation of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2015 “Water for a Sustainable World”.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social wellbeing and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions. On 8 April 2015 a celebration event on the occasion of World Water Day and 40-th Anniversary of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), organized jointly by UNESCO Almaty Office and Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development” of the Republic of Kazakhstan, will take place in Almaty. A number of representatives from various national educational and research institutes, as well as independent experts are participating in this event. The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), entitled as Water for a Sustainable World, will be presented at this celebration.
We need a new global vision today of the importance of water for the welfare of humanity.
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
The WWDR is an annual and thematic report that focuses on different strategic water issues. It also includes regional aspects, hotspots, examples and stories, making the report relevant to a broad range of readers, at different levels and in different geographical areas.
The WWDR 2015 demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. As it stated in the report, sustainability in the Asia region, including the Central Asian countries, is intimately linked with progress in access to safe water and sanitation; meeting water demands across multiple uses and mitigating the concurrent pollution loads; improving groundwater management; and increasing resilience to water-related disasters.
The report is available in PDF-format on the official website of UN-Water.