The Thematic Consultation on Water (the water consultation) in the post-2015 development agenda is now open for inputs on the www.worldwewant2015.org/water website.
The water consultation is part of the UN-system led “global dialogue” comprising of 50 – 100 Country Consultations and eleven global Thematic Consultations, among them the one on water. It is co-led by UN-Water, UNDESA and UNICEF.
Another, but more technical consultation process started in 2011 to develop target and indicator proposals for post-2015 global monitoring of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Leader of this technical consultation is the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP).
The water consultation aims to contribute to a shared vision on key future challenges in water and a new global water goal in the post-2015 development agenda.
Participants can engage directly on the web (www.worldwewant2015.org/water), via Twitter @WaterPost2015 using the hashtag #waterpost2015 and on the Facebook page WaterPost2015.
The water consultation is divided into two parts: a global water consultation (21 November 2012 – 3 March 2013) and thematic sub-consultations on WASH, water resources, waste water management and water quality (mid-January – 3 March 2013). The final outcome in the form of policy recommendations will be transmitted to the High-level Panel on Post-2015 appointed by the UN Secretary General at the end of March 2013.
For more information read the full announcement and a one pager on how to engage.
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Micro-gardening creates jobs and allows people to better feed their families. This is the message that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and many other international and local institutions are pushing.
From 6-9 December 2010, some 200 people from 39 countries met in Dakar, Senegal, to take part in the “International Symposium on Urban and Peri Urban Horticulture in the Century of Cities“. They discussed the setting up of an international network for urban horticulture, incorporating the practice into urban planning, and developing alternatives to pesticides. Other topics included marketing vegetables grown on urban plots, safely treating domestic waste water for irrigation, and food safety.
Urban and peri-urban horticulture is the cultivation of a wide range of crops – including fruits, vegetables, roots, tubers and ornamental plants – in cities and towns and the surrounding areas. FAO says an estimated 130 million urban residents in Africa and 230 million in Latin America engage in agriculture, mainly horticulture, to provide food for their families and/or earn an income.
Participants said urban farming should be advocated as a strategy to combat malnutrition, disease and poverty, and urban infrastructure should favour the development of horticulture, for example, through land-use planning and better irrigation and drainage systems.
In Senegal, the government had prioritised support to urban horticulture, which generated a revenue of around US$ 400 million in 2008. Nearly half of all fruit and vegetables consumed in Senegal’s cities are grown in and around those same urban areas.
Through its Growing Greener Cities programme, supports horticulture projects in Senegal, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatamala and Bolivia in peri-urban and urban areas. In FAO will publish a report on the State of Urban and Peri-Urban Horticulture in Africa (SOUPHA).
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Source: IRIN, 13 Dec 2010 ; FAO, 07 Dec 2010
Sydney Water, a provider of drinking water, wastewater and storm water services in Australia, has been accused of maintaining a culture of corruption and an enquiry has been opened.
The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has opened an enquiry against Sydney Water following that employees would expect or request bribes before giving out certificates. In some cases up to $150 were required from constructors before being allowed a pass. An employe also admitted to acception up to 30 bribes in his 45 years at the compay.
Moreover, as the enquiry is underway, the ICAC has been confronted with the refusal by Sydney Water to hand over certain documents thought to be determining in confirming some of the corruption cases. Some records from before 2001 have even been deleted but Sydney Water representatives involved in the case deny that this links to the corruption allegations.
ABC News Australia, Jamelle Wells, 6th September 2010, http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/06/3003375.htm
Yahoo! 7 News, Sarah Malik, September 17th, 2010, http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/7966834/sydney-water-ignored-corruption-claims/
The Sydney Standard, Malcolm Brown, September 30th, 2010, http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/icac-scolds-sydney-water-over-deleted-corruption-files-20100929-15xiu.html
The themes of the 2009 Annual Conference of the UK Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) are:
- flood risk management
- technical issues in achieving a sustainable water industry (infrastructure investment, wastewater management and water quality)
- water resources and integrated catchment management (case studies from China and Australia and updates on the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive)
- climate change and sustainability (case studies from South Africa and Israel)
For more information go to the CIWEM web site.
Organised by: School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran in collaboration with European Union.
- Industrial wastewater treatment
- Municipal wastewater treatment
- Water recycling and reuse
- Sustainable management, policies and laws
- New technologies (Nanotech., Biotech., Green Tech., Phytoremediation, AOP, ..)
- Membrane & separation technologies (Membrane bioreactors, Adsorption, …)
- Reactions and transport phenomena in wastewater treatment
- Process modeling and simulation
- Special pollutants (Heavy metal, hazardous substances, …)
- Education and case studies
Abstract deadline: 20 Feb 2009
For more information go the conference web site or contact:
16 Azar street, School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, IRAN
Tel : (+98) 21 6111 2268, Fax : (+98) 21 6648 0290, E-mail : awtr [at] ut.ac.ir
Organised by the International Water Association (IWA) and International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD)
Attracting around 3,000 water professionals, over 4 days the Congress will facilitate some 110 Technical Sessions (each containing 6 presentations) in the following tracks:
- water treatment
- wastewater treatment
- design and operation of water systems
- water resources and river basin management
- managing and planning water services
- health and the environment
Additionally, there will be over 400 poster presentations, 30 workshops, 10 keynote speeches, a Utility Leaders Forum with executives of water service providers, an Industry Forum hosted by sponsors and exhibitors, and the Local Governments’ Day.
The following sessions/workshops will focus on developing countries:
Tuesday 9 September
Keynote plenary on “Water, health and Millennium Development Goals”
Technical Sessions on Science and practice of water and sanitation
- Policy & institutional environment
- Sanitation: new approaches for developing countries
- Mitigating water supply challenges in developing countries
Wednesday 10 September:
Keynote plenary on “Upscaling water and sanitation services” by Abel Meija, Water Manager, Energy, Transport and Water Department, World Bank, USA
- Water and sanitation: challenges and solutions for the world’s poor urban populations
- Utility water operator partnerships: a building block in achieving the MDGs – serves as the global inauguration of the Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) programme
For more information go to the conference web site
IInd World Aqua Congress
26-28 November 2008
India Habitat Centre,
New Delhi, India
The Congress, organised by the Aqua Foundation, aims to discuss “Global Climate Change and Water Resources”. It will conference will focus on current practices adopted and evolving guidelines for future.
Themes and topics
- Water Resources: Availability, Management, Quality
- Global Climate Change: Implications of Alternative Scenarios Floods, Droughts, Sea Level Rise, Rising Tides, Tropics Expanding over Poles, etc.
- Challenges for Sustainable Water Management in Light of Global Climate Change Daily Habits Leading to Water Mis-use
- Water & Industry
- Emerging Technologies
- Institutional, Legal & Policy Issues / Water Auditing and Accounting
- Water Solutions / Water Saving Products, Services & Brands / Water Re-use, Conservation & Management
Abstract deadline; 15 July 2008