Commemoration of the World Water Day 2017

Date: 
31 Mar 2017
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

Globally the World Water Day 2017 (WWD2017) is commemorated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017, and will launch the World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2017 focusing on the theme “Wastewater: the Untapped Resource”. The preparation of the WWDR 2017 was led by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in partnership with other UN agencies, including ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific).

The regional launch of the WWDR 2017 is scheduled at 10:00-12:00 hrs, Friday, 31 March, 2017, UN CR3 during the side event of APFSD 2017.

This side event is engaging distinguished experts from member states and regional think-tanks, private sector, financial institutions and banks in a discussion on the main theme and on the ways of managing wastewater more effectively and efficiently in the region. New opportunities of applying financing mechanisms and economic instruments for stimulation of the wastewater treatment service-providers, facilitated by coherent national policies and strengthened coordination of national institutions and local authorities will be highlighted. The panel deliberations would generate recommendations for the regional policy makers and practitioners on the way forward within Agenda 2030 and SDGs.

Key questions to be covered at the event:
• If wastewater is a currency would you waste it?
• What is the most impactful policy lever in the region to address the SDG 6 on water and sanitation for all to ensure implementation of SDG 11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?
• How to ensure the wastewater is untapped resource and SDG6 readiness in the region and how to spark the work of service providers on wastewater treatment and empower the new business opportunities?

Target groups:
• Participants of APFSD, ESCAP Permanent Delegations
• Government-nominated focal points coordinating implementation of the 2030 Agenda, City Mayors
• Regional and national water experts and partner organizations of UN-Water and Asia-Pacific Water Forum
• Civil society representatives, representatives of other stakeholders, including academia and think-tanks

For more information, please contact:
UNESCO: Mr. Ramasamy Jayakumar, PhD, Dr. Chief, Natural Sciences, UNESCO Bangkok, Email: r.jayakumar@unesco.org
ESCAP: Ms. Aida Karazhanova, PhD, Economic Affairs Officer, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, Email: karazhanova@un.org