World Water Day regional commemoration in Asia Pacific

11 July 2009: Chuncheon, Korea: Soyangkang multi-purpose dam, one of major dmas supplying electricity power to Seoul and its environs: 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity. Number of people living without electricity by region: South Asia 706 million, Sub-Saharan Africa 547 million, East Asia 224 million, Other 101 million.(UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2007) Photo Credit:Kibae Park/Sipa Press

Our global population is growing and today 768 million people in the world do not have access to improved water sources, 2.5 billion people have no improved sanitation and 1.3 billion people cannot access electricity. The United Nations predicts that by 2030, we will need 35% more food, 40% more water and 50% more energy.

Highlighting this, the regional Asia-Pacific commemoration of World Water Day (WWD) this year will be celebrated under the theme of water and energy.

The UNESCO-led World Water Development Report 2014 - which will be launched at the commemoration - underlines the need for appropriate responses and regulatory frameworks that account for both water and energy priorities. In Asia and the Pacific, where 60% of the world population live, water availability is only 38% of the total world water availability and Asia and the Pacific has per capita energy consumption lower than the global average.

Other highlights of the commemorative event include a panel discussion on ‘Water and Energy,’ followed by a luncheon talk on ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities – The Urban Nexus’, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The WWD commemoration is being organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with the Government of Thailand.

WHAT: World Water Day Commemoration and launch of the World Water
Development Report 2014

WHO:

  • Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary
  • Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok
  • Mr. Chote Trachu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

WHEN: 9:30 am, Friday 21 March 2014

WHERE: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

To find out more about World Water Day visit: www.unwater.org/worldwaterday and ESCAP website: www.unescap.org/events/world-water-day-2014.

You can watch the UN global event webcast live from Tokyo, 9:30 am JST at: http://videoportal.unu.edu/event/279