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UNESCO-IHE presents its 2012 annual report

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, based in Delft, the Netherlands, has just released its 2012 annual report.

Inaugural address professor Michael McClain

On Thursday 20 June 2013 Professor Michael McClain, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, will deliver his Inaugural Address. The Inaugural Address will be preceded by a mini symposium, featuring the ecohydrological research of UNESCO‑IHE and its partners and considering how growth in this area contributes to the mission of the institute.

Ambassador Aslov about the UN International Year of Water Cooperation

Ambassador Sirodjidin Aslov is Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the United Nations. In the most recent issue of UN Chronicle, Mr Aslov wrote about the Tajik vision for the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013.

Unprecedented glacier melting in the Andes blamed on climate change

Glaciers in the tropical Andes have been retreating at increasing rate since the 1970s, scientists write in the most comprehensive review to date of Andean glacier observations. The researchers blame the melting on rising temperatures as the region has warmed about 0.7°C over the past 50 years (1950–1994). This unprecedented retreat could affect water supply to Andean populations in the near future, according to a paper in The Cryosphere.

Conclusions of Zaragoza International UN-Water Conference on Water Cooperation

Mutual trust and understanding the real needs of communities are key factors for successful water cooperation, according to the participants of the International UN-Water Conference on water cooperation which took place from 8 to 10 January 2013 in Zaragoza, Spain. The participants shared a wide range of initiatives, including experiences in rural and urban areas, and cases at country and basin level, to identify lessons learned and key success factors. The need for cooperation was highlighted as critical for sustainable water management.

High-level roundtable public and private sector on groundwater governance

In December 2010 the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. In view of its multidimensional mandate UNESCO was appointed by UN-Water to coordinate the Year. A roundtable session on groundwater governance is therefore a contribution to the 2013 United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. The session is organized within the framework of the project on «Groundwater Governance: a Global Framework for Action» and takes place in The Hague on 21 March 2013, just prior to the official celebration of the World Water Day on Water Cooperation.

Salt Water Intrusion Meetings proceedings now available online

The Salt Water Intrusion Meetings (SWIMs) have been organized since 1968 and have become an important platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas about saltwater intrusion and coastal hydrogeology. Currently, SWIMs are organised every 2 years, and the venue alternates between a European and a non-European country. The proceedings and abstracts from the 22 meetings held to date form an important scientific legacy and they illustrate the developments in this field over the past 45 years.

Benchmark meeting on groundwater governance marks road to World Water Day and UN International Year of Water Cooperation

The Hague (NL), 19–21 March 2013UNESCO, together with FAO, World Bank, IAH and UNECE, will organize a Regional Consultation on Groundwater Governance at the outset of the activities celebrating World Water Day 2013 and in the framework of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. Organized under the responsibility of the UNESCO-IHP, this consultation focuses on the characteristics of groundwater use in North America, Europe and Central Asia (including all EECCA countries) and seeks to promote the discussion about the specific challenges and priorities within the regional context.

AGU 2012 fall meeting: scientists perspectives on climate change

This is not cool. During the Fall Meeting of AGU, 3–7 December 2012 in San Francisco, videographer Peter Sinclair captured the views of eight scientists representing some of USA’s leading research institutions in a video produced for The Yale Forum.

Launch at UNESCO of the International Year for Water Cooperation 2013

11 February 2013, Paris • The International Year for Water Cooperation will be launched at UNESCO Headquarters on 11 February 2013. The importance of cooperation in managing water resources in a world where demand is rapidly growing cannot be underestimated: about 145 countries share a major river basin with at least one other nation. Contrary to widely held belief cooperation is more frequent than confrontation over water.

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