World Water Week At Home (WWWeek@home), a virtual conference that took place from August 24 to 28, was initiated by SIWI after the regular World Water Week 2020 had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. The GIZ Week on Water for Development (WW4D) was part of the World Water Week and put a special emphasis on key water topics in relation to climate change and Covid-19.
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As part of SIWI’s WWWeek@home 2020, the Week on Water for Development (WW4D) connects stakeholders and offers a virtual platform for exchange on key water topics. From August 24th to 28th, participants get the chance to connect, exchange and discuss with experts and practitioners from the field during panel discussion, expert talks and in interactive dialogues.
The 2020 meeting of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held from July 7 to 16. The theme was "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development". The HLPF annual meeting is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Policy Brief “Virtual water and trade: lightening water footprints” by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) deals with the opportunities and pitfalls of the concepts water footprint and virtual water. The fields of action identified in the Policy Brief are closely linked to the work of various GRoW joint projects.
In a Policy Brief from the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), the authors discuss how international guidelines such as the “OECD Principles on Water Governance” can be successfully put into practice.
This year's United Nations World Water Development Report is all about water and climate. It aims to support the water sector in tackling climate change challenges and to inform the climate sector of the opportunities that improved water management offer in the fight against climate change.
The Joint Programming Initiative „Water Challenges for a Changing World“ (Water JPI) issued the 2017 Joint Call on „Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals“. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) engages in this Initiative by co-funding five transnational projects. The projects include partners from six European countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden and Cyprus), as well as Brazil and South Africa.
UN-Water launched its SDG 6 Data Portal at the World Water Week in August 2019. This is one of the outcomes of the UN-Water’s Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. The portal compiles data on all SDG 6 global indicators and other key social, economic and environmental parameters. Through maps, charts and tables, the portal offers tailored options for visualization and analysis of the data, including on interlinkages between socio-economic and ecologic factors. Two webinars hosted on Friday 18 October will walk you through the main functionalities of the SDG 6 Data Portal.
The UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) supports the consideration of water as a key cross-cutting issue to achieve the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. To this aim, the WWAP recently published regional policy papers evaluating the links between SDG 6 “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” with other SDGs.
The conference is jointly organized by the Water Science Alliance and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resourses (BGR). This year, the event will focus on water and food security.