UN-Water/DPAC

From WaterWiki.net

< UN-Water
Revision as of 11:28, 9 March 2011 by Ulrike Kelm (Talk | contribs)
(diff) ←Older revision | Current revision (diff) | Newer revision→ (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
edit  ·  AboutUN-Water
Chair | WWAP | UNW-DPC | UNW-DPAC
UN-Water members on WaterWiki: CBD | FAO (FAO Water) | IAEA | IFAD | UNICEF | UNCTAD | UNCCD | UNDESA | UNDP | UNECA | UNECE | UNECLAC | UNESCAP | UNESCWA | UNESCO (UNESCO-IHE / UNESCO-IHP) | UNEP | UNFCCC | UN-Habitat | UNHCR | UNIDO | UNISDR | UNU | World Bank | WHO | WMO | UNWTO
UN-Water Partners: AquaFed | The Global Compact | GWP | IAH | IAHS | ICID | IWA | IWMI | PSI | RAMSAR | SIWI | UNSGAB | WSSCC | WBCSD | IUCN | World Water Council | WWF
UN-Water Task Forces on WaterWiki: UN-Water Country-level Coordination TF
Key UN-Water Reports: Water Monitoring (Monitoring Task Force report - Aug 08) | UN-Water/reports
Related WaterWiki-resources: UN World Water Development Report | Water Monitoring
Key External Links: About UN-Water | About WWAP | World Water Development Report (WWDR)

Contents

United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 (UNO-IDfA)

Located in Zaragoza, Spain, and led by UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs), the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ (UNO-IDfA) facilitates information, implements communication and raises awareness in the framework of the International Decade for Action ´Water for Life´ 2005-2015. UNO-IDfA’s ultimate task is therefore to accelerate the United Nations agenda on water and sanitation.

Objectives

The UNO-IDfA’s main objectives are:

  • To assist the United Nations (UN) in its effort to attain the internationally-agreed goals in water and sanitation through the coordination and follow-up of advocacy campaigns and partnerships.
  • To promote the visibility of the UN system activities and programmes on water and sanitation at all levels.
  • To enhance awareness and understanding of water and sanitation related issues in order to create an enabling environment for the overall goal “water and sanitation for all”.
  • To strengthen the capacities of Member States and other relevant stakeholders to address key obstacles in the progress of the water and sanitation agenda.

Activities

For these targets to be achieved UNO-IDfA works on:

Advocacy and Outreach

To achieve the established goals it is essential to sustain the global attention and political momentum in favour of the water and sanitation agenda at all levels. This is the reason that lies behind the UNO-IDfA’s commitment to apprise stakeholders of the Decade’s action plan and the steps being taken on Millennium Development Goals.

UNO-IDfA develops a wide range of advocacy and outreach activities targeted at different audiences. Specific activities include participating in the organisation of World Water Day and of water and sanitation-related International Years, facilitating access to UN-system information and educational materials on water and sanitation, ensuring the production and dissemination of outreach materials such as documentary films or thematic readers and turning the Decade’s website into an information-sharing platform on the Decade’s themes.

Capacity-building

The lack of technical and institutional capacities has been identified as one of the key obstacles for the implementation of the water and sanitation agenda. One side of the UNO-IDfA’s mandate therefore consists of reinforcing the capacity of primary stakeholders -UN Member States- the media and other communicators, especially in the developing world. UNO-IDfA faces this challenge by organizing capacity-building activities such as the development of on-line training materials on water and sanitation, the implementation of a capacity-building programme for media and the organization of capacity-building workshops aimed at different target audiences.

Research and Communication

Despite being an undeniably fundamental factor for development, water still needs to be generally recognised as so; UNO-IDfA examines how communication and advocacy are important features for this. Communicating the results of UN studies and assessing their impact, developing guidelines to put best practices into action and providing methodological support for their implementation, researching on the relationship between water and poverty and evaluating the consideration it receives in the development agendas are some of the projects that the UNO-IDfA undertakes in this domain.

For further information, see UNO-IDfA's website http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade

UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)

UNO-IDfA is one of the members of UN-Water and contributes to it through the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. On the basis of the information provided by UN-Water members and partners, the Programme advocates for effective water policies and develops communication campaigns illustrating how sound water management can contribute to poverty reduction.

References


International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015

See also

External Resources

Water Decade

UNO-IDfA/UNW-DPAC

UNDESA - Inter agency coordination

UN-Water

Attachments

3459 Rating: 2.6/5 (53 votes cast)