World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Celebrated since 1993, World Water Day has grown to become one of the key dates in the UN calendar. World Water Day 2014 focuses on energy and water.
On the occasion of 22 March 2014, IANAS, the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences, is releasing the English language version of 'Diagnosis of Water in the Americas', based on the earlier IANAS publication 'Diagnostico del Agua en las Americas'.
The new English version has been developed through the support of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and with funding from IAP.
The volume (in English and Spanish) can be downloaded at: www.ianas.org
The objectives of World Water Day 2014 are to:
- Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy;
- Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy;
- Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts;
- Identify policy formulation and capacity development issues in which the UN system, in particular UN-Water and UN-Energy, can offer significant contributions;
- Identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus and actively engaging them in further developing the water-energy linkages;
- Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.
For more information on World Water Day, visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday