2nd Istanbul International Water Forum

3–5 May 2011, Istanbul • The 2nd Istanbul International Water Forum is promising a broad field of study and a diverse range of subjects. The Forum will primarily focus on the water-related problems of Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The domestic water-related problems (drought, floods etc.) of Turkey will also be discussed in detail.

Ghislain de Marsily receives IAH Award

Early December 2010 the President’s Award of the International Association of Hydrgeologists (IAH) was presented to Professor Ghislain de Marsily.

New LinkedIn group on pumping test analysis

Dr C.J. (Kick) Hemker recently opened a new LinkedIn group on groundwater pumping test analysis. He writes: »A group for all hydrologists interested in pumping test analysis (aquifer test analysis) and similar analytical (inverse) well flow modelling problems, with a focus on computer-based techniques in general and the MLU for Windows software in particular. MLU for Windows is an analytical groundwater modeling tool to compute heads and drawdowns, analyze a variety of aquifer test data and design well fields in layered aquifer systems«.

UNESCO to identify groundwater and alleviate water shortages in Iraq

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a scientific survey of Iraq’s groundwater in an effort to improve government capacity to address water scarcity in the country.

United Nations and Pakistan organize International Conference on Climate Change and Development

On 21–22 October 2010, the Ministry of Environment of Pakistan, in collaboration with One UN Joint Programme on Environment, held an International Conference on Climate Change and Development in Islamabad, Pakistan. The conference was meant to take stock of the effects of climate change in the South Asian region, with a focus on Pakistan.

Secretary General’s report on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China have provided stark reminders of the increasing disaster risk in urban areas. Smaller and more frequent disasters in communities around the world attest to rising vulnerability and insufficient capacity to cope with disaster risk at the local level.

Report (in Dutch) of 2010 World Water Week

Michael van der Valk wrote a report on the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm for H2O, the Dutch magazine for water management. With a special focus on Dutch presence and members of UN-Water.

Professor Anna Tibaijuka to chair the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Prof. Anna Tibaijuka, will succeed Dr Roberto Lenton, whose second and final term of office comes to an end in March 2011. WSSCC is an alliance of members from a range of sectors who are committed to improving the lives of poor people around the world by improving access to basic sanitation, good hygiene practices, and safe drinking water.

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