World Water Day: Valedictory Address Prof. van Dijk

  • 21 Mar 2014
  • 15:00 - 18:00
  • Westvest 7, Delft, Auditorium A1b
Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

'Achieving the SDGs: public good with private money?'

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is celebrating World Water Day on March 21, with an afternoon focusing on the role of water in the Development Goals.

Highlight of the afternoon will be the valedictory address of Professor Meine Pieter van Dijk on 'Achieving the SDGs: public good with private money? The contribution of economics to water and sanitation problems'. If you are a professor planning to attend the Valedictory Address, you are cordially invited to take part in the Academic Cortege during the ceremony. Please contact UNESCO-IHE's beadle for further information. Prof. van Dijk's Valedictory address will be preceded by an introductory keynote on 'Sustainability without water?' given by UNESCO-IHE's Rector, Prof. Andras Szollosi-Nagy.


15.00 hrs

  • Arrival

15.15 hrs

  • Introductory keynote 'Sustainability without water?' by Andras Szollosi-Nagy, Rector

15.45 hrs

  • Musical interlude

16.00 hrs

  • Valedictory Address 'Achieving the SDGs: public good with private money? The contribution of economics to water and sanitation problems', Meine Pieter van Dijk, Professor of Water Services Management

17.00 hrs

  • Reception

Millennium Development Goals?

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

Sustainable Development Goals?

It was agreed on at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD/Rio+20) by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda.

World Water Day 2014 theme: Water and Energy

Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.

In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services. It also aims to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- and energy-efficient 'Green Industry' a reality.