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Author: 系统管理员Source: Updated: 2014-06-24

Circular SC/WATER/8 (in English only)

Paris, 20 January 2014


To :           IHP National Committees and Focal Points

cc:            Members of the IHP Bureau

From:        Secretary IHP

Subject:     Final Report of the UNESCO Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation (Nairobi, 11-13 September 2013)


Dear colleagues,


I am pleased to inform you that the Final Report of the UNESCO Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11-13 September 2013, is now available online, at


The final report has been circulated for comments to all participants of the Nairobi meeting and it includes the matrixes produced by the Working Group established by the IHP Intergovernmental Council at its 20th session for the preparation of the action plan for the implementation of the Eighth Phase of IHP (IHP-VIII, 2014-2021).


2013 was a significant year for the Division of Water Sciences, which was tasked to coordinate the International Year of Water Cooperation and the World Water Day on the same topic. Over 1,000 events were organized worldwide and key events included:

·         Launching Ceremony of the International Year of Water Cooperation at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, in February 2013;

·         World Water Day - official celebrations in The Hague, The Netherlands and New York, United States of America, on 22 March 2013;

·         High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in August 2013;

·         World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, on the theme of Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships - in September 2013;

·         UNESCO Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013;

·         Budapest Water Summit in Hungary in October 2013.

·         Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Water Cooperation, Mexico City, in December 2013.

A report on the achievements of the International Year will be released early this year.


2013 also marked the conclusion of the seventh phase of IHP. An evaluation of IHP-VII, requested by the IHP Bureau, is now in place and the results will be submitted to the IHP Council at its next session.


2014 is also a promising year for the UNESCO water network. IHP will celebrate its 40th anniversary and will start its eight phase on Water Security. About seven new centres under the auspices of UNESCO and chairs devoted to freshwater are foreseen to become operational. UNESCO-IHE will start its third period as a UNESCO Institute, given that the agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the Netherlands has been recently extended. WWAP will initiate the production of annual reports, a move from the typical triennial World Water Development Reports. In terms of internal coordination, I will also initiate my term as vice-chairperson of UN-Water and do my upmost to further promote collaboration among the UN-system on freshwater activities. On all these endeavours to better serve Member States and the Peoples of the United Nations, we expect to further strengthen collaboration with you and all other members of the UNESCO water networks.


Warm regards,



Dr Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros

Director of the Division of Water Sciences

Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

1, rue Miollis - 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 68 4002
Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 68 5811


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