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Sustainable Water Management in Cities: engaging stakeholders for effective change, Zaragoza, Spain, 13-17 December 2010

Organised by: United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015, UN-HABITAT, City of Zaragoza, and the SWITCH consortium (which includes UNESCO-IHE and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre).

This four-day conference will bring together more than 200 experts, local government officials, media specialists, key water operators and political representatives of cities and stakeholder groups to discuss sustainable urban water management and propose practical ways to move forward to meet the challenges of disseminating results to a wider audience, also considering different development contexts and regional characteristics. This draws on the approaches of the SWITCH project and the Learning Alliances. Some specific outcomes of the meeting – especially case studies – will be presented as part of the World Water Day on 22 March 2011.

Conference web


December 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

World Water Day 2011, 22 March

World Water Day 2011 logo
Organised by: UN-Water under the coordination of UN-HABITAT with support from UNEP.

Theme: Water for Cities: responding to the urban challenge

The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year, starting in 1993, as World Water Day. In 2011 World Water Day will focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and climate change on water resources and environmental protection capabilities of cities and small towns.

Key issues such as the growing urban water and sanitation demand, increased pollution from municipal and industrial discharges, climate change and its unforeseen risks and challenges, overexploitation of available water resources, better targeting of the urban poor will be discussed. The critical role played by local governments and other service providers in tackling these challenges will be explored.

For more information on World Water Day see and

The official web site (under development) will be:

December 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

National Workshop Infrastructure to Services: Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, March 5-7, 2009, Bhopal

Organised by: WaterAid India and UN-HABITAT

Plenary sessions:

Towards Efficient & Equitable Cities: Understanding the framework

  • Urban Development Challenges and Good Governance: WA’s global experiences – Mr. Timeyin Uwejamomere, Policy Officer, Urban, WaterAid, UK
  • Meeting the Urban Development Challenge: A vision – Dr. P.K.Mohanty, Joint Secretary, JnNURM, GOI (tbc)
  • Reforms in Madhya Pradesh: Towards a Paradigm Shift – Mr. Raghav Chandra, Principal Secretary, UADD, GOMP, Bhopal.
  • Comparative Analysis of Policy Provisions – Dr. Chetan Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs.
  • From Policies to Practice: Meeting the gap – Dr. Himanshu Parekh, Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University UK

Institutions, Governance & Engagement with Civil Society

  • Putting reforms first: experiences from Gwalior – Dr. Shejwalkar, Honble. Mayor, Gwalior, Dr. Umashashi Sharma, Mayor, Indore
  • Leading the Urban Reform Agenda: MP’s initiatives with the Civil Society (AIF/CIF, SESI) – Ms. Deepti Gaur Mukherjee, Project Director, ADB Project,
  • Need for & Role of Civil Society in Urban Reforms – 1. Dr. S.N.Mishra, Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Administration and Development Dept., GOMP. 2. Mr. Lourdes Baptista, Chief Executive, WaterAid.
  • JnNURM and the reform agenda: Looking at Institutions and Governance – Mr. P.K.Shrivastav, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation, GOI, Delhi.
  • Meeting the urban governance challenge: Role of Education in better governance – Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education, Ahmadabad.
  • Cost of connecting to the poor – Prof. Srinivas Chary, Director, ASCI

Governments’ initiatives for the urban poor

  • JnNURM
  • National Urban Sanitation Policy
    State Level Urban Sanitation Initiative/s
  • Civil Society participation
  • Private Sector Participation
  • Capacity Building of ULBs for Urban Reform

Parallel Sessions

  • Policies and the Urban Poor: Are we doing enough
  • Urbanization: Meeting the technological and Institutional challenges
  • Governance, Networking, Advocacy and Knowledge Management
  • Innovations and Best Practices in Service Delivery to the poor.


Regional Office West, WaterAid India, E-7/846, Arera Colony, Bhopal – 462 016, Madhya Pradesh, India
Ph: +91 755 4294724/ 4232778/ 4294317, Email:

February 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm 1 comment


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