World Water Day 2013 took place on the 22nd of March. UNESCO-IHE staff members, MSc students and PhD fellows represented the Institute at the World Water Day events in The Hague at the World Youth Parliament for Water Conference and at the World Forum.
The High Level Forum assembled in The Hague, discussing water cooperation as an essential means to achieve a water secure world. The World Water Day celebrations organized by the United Nations and the Government of The Netherlands addressed both water cooperation and the outcomes from the Thematic Consultation on Water in the post-2015 agenda. These outcomes will spearhead the high-level meetings on water in the coming year, including the Capacity Development Symposium held at UNESCO-IHE in May, and the Budapest Water Summit, to be held in October.
The programme of the day involved political and governmental leaders and members of the UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and included inspirational speeches, presentations and interactive discussions. A series of thematic sessions also gave the opportunity to reflect on the different dimensions of water cooperation, and brought new ideas and innovative approaches from different sectors of society.
At the Institute
Many activities were organized in Delft, including a lunch seminar provided by our partner Deltares. Lucas Janssen, head of the department Economics, Scenarios and Innovation at Deltares gave a presentation titled ‘Getting a grip on the future! Applying scenario methods’.