World Water Week to reflect theme of WTD 2013

Posted: September 4, 2013 in travel & tourism

unescounwtoIn support of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the forthcoming World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is being held under the theme of Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. And this year’s World Water Week is dedicated to Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships to reflect the topic chosen by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

2013 is being marked as the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC).

Towards this end, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), being the lead agency to coordinate the celebrations of this International Year on behalf of UN-Water, has put a special effort in participating and contributing to this year’s World Water Week to be held from September 1 through to 6, in Stockholm, Sweden. World Tourism Day is celebrated September 27.

This year’s theme of World Tourism Day highlights tourism’s role in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken by the sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead.

Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, is expected to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Week and will be engaging in the High Level Panel to discuss issues related to the overarching theme of “Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships”, such as how more effective cooperation can enable us to reach water wise decision and goals and thus contribute to sustainable development and peace.

UNESCO and its Water Family – the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), its network of experts, UNESCO Chairs and Centers, and the World Assessment Programme (WWAP) – are highly involved in many sessions and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of topics ranging from water security to climate change adaptation, education, trans-boundary waters management, capacity building and training, water governance, among others.

Bokova will interact with media and press to raise awareness on the importance of improved cooperation in the management of water resources and to promote a more sustainable and fair development of our societies. The visit of Bokova to Stockholm is also seen as opportunity to strengthen diplomatic and scientific ties between UNESCO and Sweden.

Bokova will highlight the messages of the International Year of Water Cooperation in different occasions and events, such the launching of the initiative “the Giant Puzzle of Water Cooperation” at UN-Water/UNESCO booth this Monday, September 2, 2013.

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