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19 Jun 12

At Rio+20

Water Day at Rio+20: Recognizing Progress, Taking Action for the Future We Want

The Water Day will concentrate on UN-Water contribution to the Rio+20 Conference, building on the UN-Water Statement and on the UN-Water deliverables for Rio+20, and will engage in high-level panel discussions on the relevance of water in the Rio+20 outcomes.

UN-Water will also release its Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources, specifically produced for Rio+20.

UN-Water will host a Water Day on 19 June at the Rio+20 Conference, with the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate to the broad range of stakeholders, particularly decision makers, that some of the major challenges facing humanity today relate to water management; this will be based on findings of the major UN-Water reports.
  • Identify major water issues that connect with the themes of the Rio+20 Conference, particularly its link with the notion of green economy.
  • Focus on the means of implementation, especially the action areas where UN organizations and agencies can act together through UN-Water.

Preliminary programme

9.30 - 13.00 | Water Day - Part 1

  • IWRM, Benefiting countries for a sustainable and equitable future Interactive policy dialogue and launch of the UN-Water Report on Water Resources Management
  • A push toward global commitments on universal access to water and sanitation Reflections on the Rio +20 Outcome document and charting the way forward while setting commitments for Rio+20 and beyond

17.30 - 21.00 | Water Day - Part 2

  • Water and Sanitation as a Human Right
  • International Year of Water Cooperation and World Water Day 2013

Related Resources

Policy Paper

Deliverables by UN-Water

for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development


Water in a Green Economy

This statement reflects a collective opinion of the UN-Water Members and comprises recommendations to the participants of the UNCSD 2012 as well as a list of potential actions in support of green economic approaches.


2012 UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management (Full Report)

This report, based on an analysis of data from more than 130 countries, looks at the issues that pertain to the management, development and use of fresh water resources. Its starting point is in the Earth Summit’s Agenda 21 recommendation for an integrated approach to the management of water resources. It is intended to inform decision-making at the Rio+20 conference and follow-up global policy discourses. It will facilitate information exchange to enhance the coherence and impact of national efforts to improve water resources management and related work of the UN and other external support agencies at country level.

Further Reading

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The Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference that took place 19/20 May 2014 has closed with a call to action by all participants, demand for responsible governance of natural resources, broad involvement of stakeholders, and an expansion of financial, institutional, technical and intellectual resources for nexus research and applications

06 Jun 12

The Rio Dialogues have set up a website to vote which challenges are most urgent and which solution approaches are most promising.

03 Oct 11

Why attempts to ensure water, food and energy security should focus on innovative bottom-up strategies rather than large multipurpose projects

NEXUS in the Media

22 Feb 14


In this report the key positions of the global shell Forum in Manila, The Philippines, are summarized. Additionally, footage from the different panels is to be found

15 Dec 14


African experts on Tuesday called for concerted efforts to ensure sustainable development, peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region to address water stress.

31 Aug 12

The Guardian

The increasingly joined up thinking towards tackling water, energy and food challenges is apparent but more is needed to build advocacy among civil society, writes Rebecca Tharme

26 Mar 14


Whether it is China or sub-Saharan Africa: Pragmatic solutions, not ideological ones, are the core to resource management and progress in the water-energy-land nexus, claims Robert Calow


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin für Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen