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The Chair for the three-year period of 2007–09 resides with FAO, after a decision to extend the current term by an additional year. The Office of the Chair is supported by a full-time Adviser to the Chair. The current Vice-Chair is UNECE.

The Chair and Vice-Chair, elected from the membership of UN-Water, serve on a rotational basis. The appointment duration is normally two years. The Chair has specific responsibility for:

  • developing, contributing to and overseeing the imple-mentation of the work plan, producing the annual reports and other governance-related documents and following up on administrative issues related to UN-Water activities;
  • chairing the biannual UN-Water Senior Programme Manager meetings;
  • coordinating certain joint activities, particularly those related to international conferences and processes;
  • supporting and managing UN-Water visibility and com-munication, including with the media;
  • maintaining and developing contacts with donors and all other member countries that express a particular interest in UN system water-related activities and man-aging the UN-Water multi-donor trust fund; and
  • promoting strengthened collaboration among mem-bers and partners as well as with other internation-al organizations and initiatives, such as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), and actively promoting and representing UN-Water at international meetings and processes.

As and when delegated by the Chair, some of these functions are performed by the Vice-Chair.


This page is based on an extract from the UN-Water Work Programme 2008-2009.

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