A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea. UN Photo / Milton Grant
As per the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/154 passed on 11 February 2011, the year 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. The International Day of Water has been decided for 22 March already in A/RES/47/193 in 1992.
The resolutions point out among other things that access to clean water has a remarkable impact on economic development and social well-being. The more recent one also notes that the climate change has its effects on both water quantity and quality. Access to clean water is the most basic need for life, and yet, so many people around the world face major difficulties with reaching it.
As we approach 2013, we wanted to share with you a new App launched by UNDPI earlier this month which we hope you will find useful. This electronic version of the print “United Nations Making a Difference 2013” educational calendar is a handy tool that not only uses international days to showcase what the UN does through photos, videos and web links, but also features what the UN does in peace and security, economic development, social development, human rights, environment, international law, humanitarian affairs, health etc.
Even if you can’t go to Rio in June, you can take part in the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development. Here’s an open call for essays by the UN-Secretariat:
This June, at the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. It is probably the most important global conversation, as it has the potential for determining whether we will galvanize action to achieve a sustainable future.
The official discussions will focus on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. It is an historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future – a future with more jobs, more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all.