World Water Day 2013 celebration event in The Hague (NL)

The Netherlands is host country for the international celebration of World Water Day on 22 March 2013. The event this year highlights water cooperation, in keeping with 2013 being the UN International Year of Water Cooperation.

On World Water Day, high-level representatives of the United Nations, civil society organisations (including youth organisations), government and business will come to The Hague to underline and discuss the importance of water cooperation for peace and sustainable development. World Water Day 2103 is organised by UNESCO and UNECE (on behalf of UN-Water) and the Government of the Netherlands.

The events on World Water Day 2013 will open with keynote speeches by leaders from the international water community and beyond. These will be followed by four thematic sessions in which participants will discuss innovative ideas and solutions for water cooperation. The four themes are:

• Water cooperation is key to poverty eradication, social equity and gender equality
• Water cooperation creates economic benefits
• Water cooperation helps preserve water resources and protects the environment
• Water cooperation builds peace

The outcomes of the four sessions will be presented to and discussed by a High Level Forum of distinguished international and national experts.

This year’s World Water Day will also be a possibility to discuss the post-2015 MDG development agenda – celebrating what has been achieved as well as highlighting what still needs to be done. The water-related outcomes of the consultation process «The World We Want» will be presented and discussed on 21 and 22 March 2013.