On 2 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, participated in the High Level Panel of the Opening Plenary Session of the Stockholm World Water Week, on the theme “Building partnerships on water cooperation for future oriented decisions and forcing implementation”.
In her intervention, the Director-General urged greater cross-sectoral dialogue and a comprehensive approach for sustainable water resources management, noting that water is the common denominator of many global challenges, in health, in farming, in energy, in urbanization.
“Building water cooperation is more than a technical or scientific issue”, said Ms Bokova. “It is about fighting poverty and hunger, and protecting the environment. It is about saving children from disease. It is about allowing girls to go to school instead of walking kilometres to fetch water. It is about providing women and men with access to sanitation, wherever they live. Fundamentally, it is about peace, on the basis of dialogue between States and across regions.”