International Events related to Water Cooperation


UN-Water Annual Conference in Zaragoza – Water Cooperation, Making it Happen!
8-10 January 2013 | Zaragoza, Spain

In the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation, the UN-Water Conference in Zaragoza will focus on effective ways to make cooperation happen in the water domain. It will in particular identify the best approaches to promote effective cooperation at different levels, and reflect on how to ‘do better’ in water cooperation. The conference will look at critical factors of success, challenges, and barriers based on cases of effective cooperation.
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Kick-off Meeting of the International Year of Water Cooperation
11 February 2013 | UNESCO HQ – Paris, France
A launch event will be held at UNESCO to kick-start the International Year of Water Cooperation. On this occasion, the best slogan selected through the Water Cooperation 2013 Slogan Contest will be announced and adopted, and its author will be awarded.

World Water Day
22 March 2013 | The Hague, The Netherlands – New York, USA and worldwide
The World Water Day represents a culminating moment during the International Year of Water Cooperation. Celebrations for the World Water Day will take place around the world on the theme of water cooperation. The main event will take place in The Netherlands, hosted by the Dutch Government and coordinated by UNESCO and UNECE with the support of UN-Water Members and Partners. A High-Level Interactive Dialogue of the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly will also be convened in New York on 22 March 2013 to mark the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation and the twentieth anniversary of the proclamation of World Water Day.

High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation
August 2013 | Dushanbe, Tajikistan

World Water Week
1-6 September 2013 | Stockholm, Sweden
This yearly appointment for water practitioners from around the world in 2013 will be entirely dedicated to Water Cooperation. Visit the website at

Budapest Water Summit
October 2013 | Budapest, Hungary
Building on Hungary’s achievements during its Presidency of the EU in 2011, the Hungarian Government selected the issue of water as its top priority in the run up to and at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. To follow up the conclusions of the Conference Mr János Áder, the President of Hungary, announced in Rio de Janeiro Hungary’s intention to organise a major international water event (Budapest World Water Summit) in October 2013. With the participation of UN Member States, competent UN agencies and bodies as well as all concerned economic and social partners the Summit aims to contribute to the elaboration of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals and provide concrete guidance on the most pressing water issues – drinking water, sanitation, waste water treatment, integrated water management, international water cooperation, innovative water technologies – with a view to defining the priorities of global development policy post 2015.
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