Posts tagged ‘right to water’

6th World Water Forum – Time for Solutions, Marseilles, France, 12-17 March 2012

Organised by: World Water Council

Held every three years, the World Water Forum is billed as the world’s largest water event. The 6th edition of the Forum expects to attract 25,000 participants from over 180 countries, including 140 ministerial delegations and 800 speakers.

The Forum will be guided by 12 Priorities for Action and 3 Conditions for Success, translated into common and measurable goals.

12 priorities for action

Ensure Everyone’s Well-Being
1.1 Guarantee access to water for all and the Right to Water
1.2 Improve access to integrated sanitation services for all
1.3 Contribute to hygiene and health through water and sanitation
1.4 Prevent and respond to water-related risks and crises
1.5 Contribute to cooperation and peace through water

Contribute to Economic Development
2.1 Balance multiple uses through IWRM – Integrated Water Resource Management
2.2 Contribute to food security by the optimal use of water
2.3 Harmonise water and energy
2.4 Promote Green Growth and value ecosystem services

Keep the Planet Blue
3.1 Improve the quality of water resources and ecosystems
3.2 Adjust pressures and footprints of human activities on water
3.3 Respond to climate and global changes in an urbanising world

3 conditions for success

CS1 Good governance
CS2 Financing water for all
CS3 Enabling environments

The programme includes highlevel roundtables, a ministerial conference, a local and regional authority conference, a Parliamentarian conference, grassroots and citizenship events, all leading to commitments
and declarations at the end of the week.

Several Prizes will be awarded at the Forum:

  • The King Hassan II Great World Water Prize rewards a long-term project or career
  • The Kyoto World Water Grand Prize is awarded to a person or organisation that has carried out grassroots actions to respond to the water needs of communities in critical situations
  • The ‘Compromiso Mexico’ Water Prize
  • The RIEC-International “Water & Film” Event

A dedicated web site  -the International Platform of Solutions, – has been set up to collect  existing or innovative solutions to help address the global water challenges.

Web site:


October 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

2011 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, 03-07 October 2011

Organised by: Institute for the Environment and the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

Main themes:

  • freshwater availability & climate change adaptation
  • Southeastern U.S. water challenges
  • human rights and ethics
  • small community water, sanitation and hygiene
  • peri-urban water, sanitation and hygiene
  • hygiene behaviours and household water treatment

Abstract deadline: 01 May 2011

For more information go to conference website

January 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

The right to water and water rights in a changing world, Delft, The Netherlands, 22 September 2010

Organised by: University for Peace, UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands National IHP Committee, CPWC, PCCP, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO

Colloquium in the framework of 30 years University for Peace. In the face of global changes, what role can law play in safeguarding basic needs and rights, including that of water? Can law be more effectively mobilized to better protect vulnerable communities against droughts, floods and other climate related disasters? In so doing, to what extend can it contribute to world peace? As laws tend to be rigid, how can they play a more progressive role in a rapidly changing world? Currently water management is stepping away from the idea of stationarity – but what about legal issues? Are they set in stone?

Location: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands

More information and registration form

July 19, 2010 at 8:13 am 1 comment


Forthcoming events and training courses on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). A Source News Service blog by IRC.